Pregnancy and childbirth in low and middle income countries

Section edited by Jos van Roosmalen, and Ndola Prata

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth in the developing world.

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  1. Research article

    Do mobile clinics provide high-quality antenatal care? A comparison of care delivery, knowledge outcomes and perception of quality of care between fixed and mobile clinics in central Haiti

    Antenatal care (ANC) is an important health service for women in developing countries, with numerous proven benefits. Global coverage of ANC has steadily increased over the past 30 years, in part due to increa...

    Erica Phillips, Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, Lesly Michaud, Gracia Lionel Fils Pierre, Francoise Vermeylen and David Pelletier

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:361

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Factors determining satisfaction among facility-based maternity clients in Nepal

    With an increasing number of institutional deliveries, the Nepalese health system faces a challenge to ensure a quality of service provision. This paper aims to identify the determinants of client satisfaction...

    Suresh Mehata, Yuba Raj Paudel, Maureen Dariang, Krishna Kumar Aryal, Susan Paudel, Ranju Mehta, Stuart King and Sarah Barnett

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:319

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  3. Research article

    “Keeping family matters behind closed doors”: healthcare providers’ perceptions and experiences of identifying and managing domestic violence during and after pregnancy

    Violence against women is an international public health concern and a violation of women’s rights. Domestic violence can first occur, and increase in frequency and severity, during and after pregnancy. Health...

    Mary McCauley, Jennifer Head, Jaki Lambert, Shamsa Zafar and Nynke van den Broek

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:318

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Detection and risk stratification of women at high risk of preterm birth in rural communities near Nagpur, India

    Presently, preterm birth is globally the leading cause of neonatal mortality. Prompt community based identification of women at high risk for preterm births (HRPB) can either help to avert preterm births or av...

    Archana Patel, Amber Abhijeet Prakash, Yamini V. Pusdekar, Hemant Kulkarni and Patricia Hibberd

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:311

    Published on: 19 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Nurse-midwives’ ability to diagnose acute third- and fourth-degree obstetric lacerations in western Kenya

    Obstetric fistula devastates the lives of women and is found most commonly among the poor in resource-limited settings. Unrepaired third- and fourth-degree perineal lacerations have been shown to be the source...

    Leeya F. Pinder, Kelsey H. Natsuhara, Thomas F. Burke, Svjetlana Lozo, Monica Oguttu, Leah Miller, Brett D. Nelson and Melody J. Eckardt

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:308

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  6. Research article

    “Love me, parents!”: impact evaluation of a national social and behavioral change communication campaign on maternal health outcomes in Tanzania

    Despite marked improvements over the last few decades, maternal mortality in Tanzania remains among the world’s highest at 454 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Many factors contribute to this disparity...

    Michelle R. Kaufman, Jennifer J. Harman, Marina Smelyanskaya, Jennifer Orkis and Robert Ainslie

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:305

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  7. Research article

    Clinical performance and patient outcome after simulation-based training in prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage: an educational intervention study in a low-resource setting

    Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal mortality. Prevention and adequate treatment are therefore important. However, most births in low-resource settings are not attended by skilled provide...

    Ellen Nelissen, Hege Ersdal, Estomih Mduma, Bjørg Evjen-Olsen, Jos Twisk, Jacqueline Broerse, Jos van Roosmalen and Jelle Stekelenburg

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:301

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  8. Research article

    Safety and effectiveness of oral misoprostol for induction of labour in a resource-limited setting: a dose escalation study

    Oral misoprostol as an induction of labour (IOL) agent is rapidly gaining popularity in resource-limited settings because it is cheap, stable at ambient temperatures, and logistically easier to administer comp...

    Marilyn Morris, John W. Bolnga, Ovoi Verave, Jimmy Aipit, Allanie Rero and Moses Laman

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:298

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Institutional maternal and perinatal deaths: a review of 40 low and middle income countries

    Understanding the magnitude and clinical causes of maternal and perinatal mortality are basic requirements for positive change. Facility-based information offers a contextualized resource for clinical and orga...

    Patricia E. Bailey, Wasihun Andualem, Michel Brun, Lynn Freedman, Sourou Gbangbade, Malick Kante, Emily Keyes, Edwin Libamba, Allisyn C. Moran, Halima Mouniri, Dahada Ould el Joud and Kavita Singh

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:295

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  10. Research article

    Obstetric care providers’ knowledge, practice and associated factors towards active management of third stage of labor in Sidama Zone, South Ethiopia

    Active management of third stage of labor played a great role to prevent child birth related hemorrhage. However, maternal morbidity and mortality related to hemorrhage is high due to lack of knowledge and ski...

    Zelalem Tenaw, Zemenu Yohannes and Abdela Amano

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:292

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  11. Research article

    Impact of multi-professional, scenario-based training on postpartum hemorrhage in Tanzania: a quasi-experimental, pre- vs. post-intervention study

    Tanzania has a relatively high maternal mortality ratio of 410 per 100,000 live births. Severe postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal deaths, but in most cases, it is preventable. However, mo...

    Signe Egenberg, Gileard Masenga, Lars Edvin Bru, Torbjørn Moe Eggebø, Cecilia Mushi, Deodatus Massay and Pål Øian

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:287

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  12. Research article

    Factors influencing implementation of interventions to promote birth preparedness and complication readiness

    The recent WHO report on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health recommends birth preparedness and complications readiness interventions to increase the use of skilled care at birth and ...

    Andrea Solnes Miltenburg, Yadira Roggeveen, Jos van Roosmalen and Helen Smith

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:270

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Factors affecting effective community participation in maternal and newborn health programme planning, implementation and quality of care interventions

    Community participation in in health programme planning, implementation and quality improvement was recently recommended in guidelines to improve use of skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postna...

    Lisa Howard-Grabman, Andrea Solnes Miltenburg, Cicely Marston and Anayda Portela

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:268

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  14. Research article

    Demand-side financing for maternal and newborn health: what do we know about factors that affect implementation of cash transfers and voucher programmes?

    Demand-side financing (DSF) interventions, including cash transfers and vouchers, have been introduced to promote maternal and newborn health in a range of low- and middle-income countries. These interventions...

    Benjamin M. Hunter and Susan F. Murray

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:262

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  15. Study protocol

    Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia caused by anti-HPA antibodies in pregnant Chinese women: a study protocol for a multicentre, prospective cohort trial

    Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT), caused by maternal antibodies raised against alloantigens carried on foetal platelets, is a very common haematological abnormality in newborns worldwide. However, b...

    Li Chen, Zhiwei Liu, Tiemei Liu, Xianjun Ma, Meiying Rao, Yongjun Wang, Bo Sun, Wen Yin, Jun Zhang, Beizhan Yan, Xiaojuan Li, Qiushi Wang, Lei Zhang, Jun Wen, Fenghua Liu, Peng Wang…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:281

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  16. Research article

    The role of Community Mobilization in maternal care provision for women in sub-Saharan Africa- A systematic review of studies using an experimental design

    While the role of community mobilization in improving maternal health outcomes of HIV positive women in sub-Saharan Africa is continuously emphasized, little is known about how legitimate these claims are. The...

    Choolwe Muzyamba, Wim Groot, Sonila M. Tomini and Milena Pavlova

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:274

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  17. Research article

    Maternal mortality audit in Suriname between 2010 and 2014, a reproductive age mortality survey

    The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG-5) aimed to improve maternal health, targeting a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) reduction of 75% between 1990 and 2015. The objective of this study was to identify al...

    Lachmi R. Kodan, Kim J. C. Verschueren, Jos van Roosmalen, Humphrey H. H. Kanhai and Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:275

    Published on: 29 August 2017

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