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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Content type: Research article

    In 2007, universal screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was introduced in Tamil Nadu, India. To identify factors hindering or facilitating timely initiation and completion of the GDM screening and...

    Authors: Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, Thilde Rheinländer, Anil Kapur, Peter Damm, Veerasamy Seshiah and Ib C. Bygbjerg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:255

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Addressing impaired foetal growth is recognized as a public health priority. Certain risk factors for this condition, such as poor nutritional status at birth, have been found to be highly correlated with pove...

    Authors: Alexandre Archanjo Ferraro, Luis Augusto Rohde, Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk, Adriana Argeu, Euripides Constantino Miguel, Sandra Josefina Ferraz Ellero Grisi and Bacy Fleitlich-Bilyk

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:257

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  10. Content type: Research article

    As the global under-five mortality rate declines, an increasing percentage is attributable to early neonatal mortality. A quarter of early neonatal deaths are due to perinatal asphyxia. However, neonatal resus...

    Authors: Brennan Vail, Hilary Spindler, Melissa C. Morgan, Susanna R. Cohen, Amelia Christmas, Pramod Sah, Malay B. Shah, Aritra Das and Dilys M. Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:252

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The study evaluated the pattern of severe maternal outcome, near miss indicators and associated patient and healthcare factors at a private referral hospital in rural Nigeria.

    Authors: Ikechukwu Innocent Mbachu, Chukwuemeka Ezeama, Kelechi Osuagwu, Osita Samuel Umeononihu, Chibuzor Obiannika and Nkeiru Ezeama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:251

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Satisfaction during intrapartum care is the most influential attribute on maternal health service return behaviors and utilization. Measuring satisfaction of women with intrapartum care helps to address the pr...

    Authors: Tangute Demas, Tewodros Getinet, Delayehu Bekele, Teshome Gishu, Malede Birara and Yemesrach Abeje

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:253

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The evidence on the effect of pregnancy on acquiring HIV is conflicting, with studies reporting both higher and lower HIV acquisition risk during pregnancy when prolonged antiretroviral therapy was accessible....

    Authors: Terusha Chetty, Alain Vandormael, Claire Thorne and Anna Coutsoudis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:248

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  14. Content type: Research article

    perinatal mortality is the sum of still birth (fetal death) and early neonatal death (ENND) i.e. death of live newborn before the age of 7 completed days. Perinatal mortality accounts three fourth of the death...

    Authors: Yemisrach Getiye and Mesganaw Fantahun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:245

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In low-resource settings, access to emergency cesarean section is associated with various delays leading to poor neonatal outcomes. In this study, we described the delays a mother faces when needing emergency ...

    Authors: Joseph Niyitegeka, Georges Nshimirimana, Allison Silverstein, Jackline Odhiambo, Yihan Lin, Theoneste Nkurunziza, Robert Riviello, Stephen Rulisa, Paulin Banguti, Hema Magge, Martin Macharia, Regis Habimana and Bethany Hedt-Gauthier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:242

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci, GBS) among healthy, pregnant women attending antenatal care at different study sites in the Greater Accra R...

    Authors: Hans-Christian Slotved, Nicholas T. K. D. Dayie, Josephine A. N. Banini and Niels Frimodt-Møller

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:238

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Preterm birth and small for gestational age (SGA) are strong indicators of neonatal adverse outcomes. With the growing importance of preterm SGA infants, we aim to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors for ...

    Authors: Shi Chen, Rong Zhu, Huijuan Zhu, Hongbo Yang, Fengying Gong, Linjie Wang, Yu Jiang, Bill Q. Lian, Chengsheng Yan, Jianqiang Li, Qing Wang, Shi-kun Zhang and Hui Pan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:237

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) implementation is monitored globally, but not much is known about what works well, where and why in scaling up. We reviewed a series of country case studies in o...

    Authors: Helen Smith, Charles Ameh, Natalie Roos, Matthews Mathai and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:233

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Low rates of maternal healthcare service utilization, including facility delivery, may impede progress in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and in reducing maternal and infant morta...

    Authors: Nadia A. Sam-Agudu, Christopher Isah, Chinenye Fan-Osuala, Salome Erekaha, Habib O. Ramadhani, Udochisom Anaba, Olusegun A. Adeyemi, Grace Manji-Obadiah, Daniel Lee, Llewellyn J. Cornelius and Manhattan Charurat

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:227

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  20. Content type: Research article

    To examine whether exposure to group antenatal care increased women’s health literacy by improving their ability to interpret and utilize health messages compared to women who received standard, individual ant...

    Authors: Jody R. Lori, Henrietta Ofosu-Darkwah, Carol J. Boyd, Tanima Banerjee and Richard M. K. Adanu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:228

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