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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

    Uptake of delivery and postnatal care remains low in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), where 99% of global maternal deaths take place. However, the potential impact of antenatal depression on use of ins...

    Authors: Tesera Bitew, Charlotte Hanlon, Eskinder Kebede, Simone Honikman, Michael N. Onah and Abebaw Fekadu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:206

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  2. Content type: Research article

    HIV testing of women in child bearing age is an entry point for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT). This study aims to identify the proportion of women tested for HIV and to determine factor...

    Authors: Yihun Mulugeta Alemu, Fentie Ambaw and Annelies Wilder-Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:199

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Globally, low involvement of men in maternal health care services remains a problem to health care providers and policy makers. Men’s support is essential for making women’s world better. There are increasing ...

    Authors: H. Lwanga, L. Atuyambe, H. Sempewo, A. Lumala and R. N. B. Byaruhanga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:196

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  4. Content type: Research article

    WHO proposed the WHO Maternal Near Miss (MNM) tool, classifying women according to several (potentially) life-threatening conditions, to monitor and improve quality of obstetric care. The objective of this stu...

    Authors: Tom Witteveen, Hans Bezstarosti, Ilona de Koning, Ellen Nelissen, Kitty W. Bloemenkamp, Jos van Roosmalen and Thomas van den Akker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:194

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Magnesium sulfate is an affordable and effective treatment for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. In settings where infusion pumps are not available to regulate the flow rate of intravenous delivery, healthcare prov...

    Authors: Erica Skerrett, Edward Kommwa, Kelley Maynard, Alexa Juarez, Ronald Mataya, Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Z. Maria Oden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:191

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality has been the main way of ascertaining the outcome of maternal and obstetric care. However, maternal morbidities occur more frequently than maternal deaths; therefore, maternal near miss was ...

    Authors: Mohd Noor Norhayati, Nik Hussain Nik Hazlina, Ab Razak Asrenee and Zaharah Sulaiman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:189

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  7. Content type: Technical advance

    Although uterine tamponade is an effective treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), current methods have key limitations in their use, particularly in low resource settings. The XStat™ Mini Sponge Dressing (...

    Authors: Maria I. Rodriguez, Jeffrey T. Jensen, Kenton Gregory, Mary Bullard, Paul Longo, Jerry Heidel and Alison Edelman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:187

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In sub-tropical countries, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality. Because of their lack of active immunity, pregnant women and their unborn children represent the most susceptible peop...

    Authors: Irene Pegha Moukandja, Edgard Brice Ngoungou, Guy Joseph Lemamy, Ulrick Bisvigou, Antoine Gessain, Fousseyni S. Toure Ndouo, Mirdad Kazanji and Jean Bernard Lekana-Douki

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:185

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In recent years Rwanda has achieved remarkable improvement in quality of maternity care services but there is evidence of deficiencies in care quality in terms of disrespectful care. Women’s overall childbirth...

    Authors: Judith U. Mukamurigo, Marie Berg, Joseph Ntaganira, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye and Anna Dencker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:181

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Uterine rupture is an obstetric calamity with surgery as its management mainstay. Uterine repair without tubal ligation leaves a uterus that is more prone to repeat rupture while uterine repair with bilateral ...

    Authors: Justus Ndulue Eze, Okechukwu Bonaventure Anozie, Osaheni Lucky Lawani, Emmanuel Okechukwu Ndukwe, Uzoma Maryrose Agwu and Johnson Akuma Obuna

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:179

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Over 3 million stillbirths occur annually in sub Saharan Africa; most occur intrapartum and are largely preventable. The standard of care for fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment in most sub-Saharan African setti...

    Authors: Godfrey R Mugyenyi, Esther C Atukunda, Joseph Ngonzi, Adeline Boatin, Blair J. Wylie and Jessica E. Haberer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:178

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  12. Content type: Research article

    While international guidelines for intrapartum care appear to have increased rapidly since 2000, literature suggests that it has only in few instances been matched with reviews of local modifications, use, and...

    Authors: Nanna Maaløe, Natasha Housseine, Jos van Roosmalen, Ib Christian Bygbjerg, Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl, Rashid Saleh Khamis, Birgitte Bruun Nielsen and Tarek Meguid

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:175

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Human parvovirus B19 (B19) infection has been associated with congenital infection which may result into a number of the adverse pregnancy outcomes. The epidemiology and the magnitude of B19 infections among p...

    Authors: Mariam M. Mirambo, Fatma Maliki, Mtebe Majigo, Martha F. Mushi, Nyambura Moremi, Jeremiah Seni, Dismas Matovelo and Stephen E. Mshana

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:176

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Although infectious diseases still account for a high burden of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, simultaneous investigations on multiple infections affecting maternal and child health are missing.

    Authors: Fabian Völker, Paul Cooper, Oliver Bader, Angela Uy, Ortrud Zimmermann, Raimond Lugert and Uwe Groß

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:172

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. Women with GDM are at greater risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery, while babies born from mothers with G...

    Authors: Tingting Xu, Yasheng He, Livia Dainelli, Kai Yu, Patrick Detzel, Irma Silva-Zolezzi, Sheri Volger and Hai Fang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:171

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population launched a national program for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) during home births that features advance distribution of misoprostol to pregnant w...

    Authors: Swaraj Pradhan Rajbhandari, Kamal Aryal, Wendy R. Sheldon, Bharat Ban, Senendra Raj Upreti, Kiran Regmi, Shilu Aryal and Beverly Winikoff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:169

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Judicious utilization of drugs rescues the fetus from the harmful effects while treating the health problems of the pregnant women. This study aimed at evaluating drug utilization pattern and its associated fa...

    Authors: Fantahun Molla, Admassu Assen, Solomon Abrha, Birhanetensay Masresha, Arega Gashaw, Abrham Wondimu, Yared Belete and Wondim Melkam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:170

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality is extremely high in Nigeria. Accurate estimation of maternal mortality is challenging in low-income settings such as Nigeria where vital registration is incomplete. The objective of this st...

    Authors: Vandana Sharma, Willa Brown, Muhammad Abdullahi Kainuwa, Jessica Leight and Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:163

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Little evidence exists on the efficacy and safety of the different surgical techniques used in the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). We aimed to compare uterus preserving surgery (UPS) versus hysterec...

    Authors: Julius Sama Dohbit, Pascal Foumane, Elie Nkwabong, Christelle Ogolong Kamouko, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Bernard Otabela and Emile Mboudou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:158

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  20. Content type: Research article

    An effective continuum of maternal care ensures that mothers receive essential health packages from pre-pregnancy to delivery, and postnatally, reducing the risk of maternal death. However, across Africa, cove...

    Authors: Adanna Chukwuma, Adaeze C. Wosu, Chinyere Mbachu and Kelechi Weze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:152

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