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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

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:301

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:298

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:295

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Zelalem Tenaw, Zemenu Yohannes and Abdela Amano

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:292

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  5. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:287

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:270

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Promoting awareness of rights is a value-based process that entails a different way of thinking and acting, which is at times misunderstood or deemed as aspirational.

    Authors: Asha S. George and Casey Branchini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:264

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:268

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Benjamin M. Hunter and Susan F. Murray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:262

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:281

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Low knowledge of danger signs has been shown to delay seeking obstetric care which leads to high maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. In Tanzania about half of pregnant women are informed about obstetri...

    Authors: Deogratius Bintabara, Rose N. M. Mpembeni and Ahmed Abade Mohamed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:276

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Maternity referral systems have been under-documented, under-researched, and under-theorised. Responsive emergency referral systems and appropriate transportation are cornerstones in the continuum of care and ...

    Authors: Khalifa Elmusharaf, Elaine Byrne, Ayat AbuAgla, Amal AbdelRahim, Mary Manandhar, Egbert Sondorp and Diarmuid O’Donovan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:278

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  13. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:274

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:275

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new tool to be used to assess the quality of care for mothers, newborns and children provided at healthcare facility level. This paper reports on the fea...

    Authors: Helen Smith, Atnafu Getachew Asfaw, Kyaw Myint Aung, Lastone Chikoti, Florence Mgawadere, Luigi d’Aquino and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:271

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Offering a trial of labor (ToL) after previous caesarean section (CS) is an important strategy to reduce short- and long-term morbidity associated with repeated CS. We compared maternal and perinatal outcomes ...

    Authors: Richard Kalisa, Stephen Rulisa, Jos van Roosmalen and Thomas van den Akker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:272

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Evidence shows that improving the quality of intrapartum care is critical for maternal survival. However, a significant rise in the proportion of facility-based births over the last decade in India - attributa...

    Authors: Aritra Das, Dipty Nawal, Manoj Kumar Singh, Morchan Karthick, Parika Pahwa, Malay Bharat Shah, Tanmay Mahapatra, Kunal Ranjan and Indrajit Chaudhuri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:266

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  18. Content type: Research article

    It is increasingly recognized that disrespect and abuse of women during labor and delivery is a violation of a woman’s rights and a deterrent to the use of life-saving, facility-based labor and delivery servic...

    Authors: Sahai Burrowes, Sarah Jane Holcombe, Dube Jara, Danielle Carter and Katheryn Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:263

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Despite much progress recently, Ethiopia remains one of the largest contributors to the global burden of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Ethiopia’s plan to meet the sustainable development goals f...

    Authors: Tegbar Yigzaw, Fantu Abebe, Lalem Belay, Yewulsew Assaye, Equlinet Misganaw, Ashebir Kidane, Desalegn Ademie, Jos van Roosmalen, Jelle Stekelenburg and Young-Mi Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:261

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Trial of labour is a safe option for most women after one previous caesarean delivery. However, the proportion of women attempting trial of labour after previous caesarean delivery (TOLAC) has been declining i...

    Authors: Phocas Biraboneye S, Omondi Ogutu, Jos van Roosmalen, Samson Wanjala, Kizito Lubano and John Kinuthia

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:260

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