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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

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. Content type: Research article

    The successful implementation of maternal vaccination relies on results of clinical trials, considering the prenatal and postnatal attendance at selected healthcare institutions. This study evaluated factors i...

    Authors: Shabir A. Madhi, Luis M. Rivera, Xavier Sáez-Llorens, Clara Menéndez, Nazira Carrim-Ganey, Mark F. Cotton, Darren Katzman, Mariëtha M. Luttig, Rosalba Candelario, Sherryl Baker and Mahua Roychoudhury

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:29

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    Low birthweight (LBW) is a major predictor of early neonatal mortality which disproportionately affects low-income countries. WHO recommends regional definitions for LBW to prevent misclassifications and ensur...

    Authors: Valirie Ndip Agbor, Chobufo Ditah, Joel Noutakdie Tochie and Tsi Njim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:30

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Self-medication is a universal challenge that requires attention because of the potential threat not only to the pregnant women but also to unborn child. Data on self-medication practice and predictors among p...

    Authors: Karol J. Marwa, Agnes Njalika, Deodatus Ruganuza, Deogratias Katabalo and Erasmus Kamugisha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:16

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    In response to poor maternal, newborn, and child health indicators in Magadi sub-county, the “Boma” model was launched to promote health facility delivery by establishing community health units and training co...

    Authors: Sarah Karanja, Richard Gichuki, Patrick Igunza, Samuel Muhula, Peter Ofware, Josephine Lesiamon, Lepantas Leshore, Lenny Bazira Kyomuhangi-Igbodipe, Josephat Nyagero, Nancy Binkin and David Ojakaa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:5

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania is among the countries with a high maternal mortality ratio. However, it remains unclear how information and education on danger signs of pregnancy translate into appropriate actions when a woman reco...

    Authors: Beatrice Mwilike, Gorrette Nalwadda, Mike Kagawa, Khadija Malima, Lilian Mselle and Shigeko Horiuchi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:4

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Membranous ventricular septal aneurysm (MVSA) is a rare cardiac anomaly that can occur as an isolated entity or being associated with other cardiac malformations. Complications of MVSA include thromboembolism,...

    Authors: Kana Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Haiyan Yu, Xinghui Liu, Aiyun Xing and Yong You

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:8

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Focused Antenatal Care (FANC) is advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a key service approach to improving the health of pregnant women. Four targeted visits to antenatal clinics are recommended ...

    Authors: Kondwani Chidzammbuyo Mamba, Adamson S. Muula and William Stones

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:444

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Assessments of maternal near miss (MNM) are increasingly used in addition to those of maternal mortality measures. The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced an MNM tool in 2009, but this tool was prev...

    Authors: Abera K. Tura, Jelle Stekelenburg, Sicco A. Scherjon, Joost Zwart, Thomas van den Akker, Jos van Roosmalen and Sanne J. Gordijn

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:445

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  9. Content type: Research article

    High maternal mortality has remained an unmet public health challenge in the developing world. Maternal mortality in Ethiopia is among the highest in the world. Since most maternal deaths occur during labor, d...

    Authors: Kerebih Asrese and Margaret E. Adamek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:441

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Eclampsia is a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in low and middle income countries. The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors and maternal and perinatal outcome in patien...

    Authors: Ahmad Mahran, Hashem Fares, Reham Elkhateeb, Mahmoud Ibrahim, Haitham Bahaa, Ahmad Sanad, Alaa Gamal, Mohamed Zeeneldin, Eissa Khalifa and Ahmed Abdelghany

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:435

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The consequences of living with obstetric fistula are multifaceted and very devastating for women, especially those living in poor resource settings. Due to uncontrollable leakages of urine and/or feces, the c...

    Authors: Josephine Changole, Viva Combs Thorsen and Ursula Kafulafula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:433

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  12. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the effects and financial costs of two interventions with respect to utilisation of institutional deliveries and other maternal health services in Oyam District in Uganda.

    Authors: William Massavon, Calistus Wilunda, Maria Nannini, Robert Kaos Majwala, Caroline Agaro, Emanuela De Vivo, Peter Lochoro, Giovanni Putoto and Bart Criel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:431

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  13. Content type: Research article

    While 79% of Nigerian mothers who deliver in facilities receive postnatal care within 48 h of delivery, this is only true for 16% of mothers who deliver outside facilities. Most maternal deaths can be prevente...

    Authors: Adanna Chukwuma, Chinyere Mbachu, Jessica Cohen, Thomas Bossert and Margaret McConnell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:429

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Health facility births contribute to the prevention of maternal deaths. Although theoretical and empirical evidence suggest that social network characteristics influence facility delivery, examination of this ...

    Authors: Leslie E. Cofie, Clare Barrington, Kavita Singh, Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, Susan Ennett and Suzanne Maman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:425

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In Nepal, hypothermia is a major risk factor for newborn survival, but the country’s public health care sector has insufficient capacity to improve newborn survival given the burden imposed by distance to heal...

    Authors: Karsten Lunze, Rosie Dawkins, Abeezer Tapia, Sidharth Anand, Michael Chu and David E. Bloom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:428

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Women who are not exclusively breastfeeding are at risk of pregnancy after four to six weeks of childbirth. Postpartum contraceptive use is crucial to prevent unintended pregnancy, and to have spaced births. The ...

    Authors: Alem Gebremariam and Hadush Gebremariam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:421

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There has been a growing realisation of the need to enhance men’s inclusion in maternal and safe motherhood services, especially in low-income settings. However, empirical studies on the extent to which men ar...

    Authors: Margaret Duah Atuahene, Sylvia Arde-Acquah, Nana Frema Atuahene, Martin Adjuik and John Kuumuori Ganle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:419

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The importance of postnatal care cannot be overemphasised. Various studies undertaken worldwide have found that PNC is critical for the survival of newborns. However, in Zambia, despite much emphasis by the go...

    Authors: Bupe B. Bwalya, Mulenga C. Mulenga and James N. Mulenga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:418

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Bangladesh has achieved major gains in maternal and newborn survival, facility childbirth and skilled birth attendance between 1991 and 2010, but excess maternal mortality persists. High-quality maternal healt...

    Authors: Herfina Y. Nababan, Rubana Islam, Shabnam Mostari, Md Tariqujjaman, Malabika Sarker, Mohammad Tajul Islam and Corrina Moucheraud

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:402

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