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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

    In Ethiopia, nearly half of the mothers who were booked for antenatal care, who supposed to have institutional delivery, gave home delivery nationally. Home delivery accounts majority while few of childbirth w...

    Authors: Habtamu Kebebe Kasaye, Zerfu Mulaw Endale, Temesgen Worku Gudayu and Melese Siyoum Desta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:225

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Early diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is crucial to prevent short term delivery risks and long term effects such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in the mother and infant. Diagnosing G...

    Authors: Sonak D. Pastakia, Benson Njuguna, Beryl Ajwang’ Onyango, Sierra Washington, Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, Wycliffe K Kosgei and Ponnusamy Saravanan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:226

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The three delays model proposes that maternal mortality is associated with delays in: 1) deciding to seek care; 2) reaching the healthcare facility; and 3) receiving care. Previously, the majority of women who...

    Authors: Florence Mgawadere, Regine Unkels, Abigail Kazembe and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:219

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  4. Content type: Research article

    To estimate the cost-effectiveness of an ambulance-based referral system an dedicated to emergency obstetrics and neonatal care (EmONC) in remote sub-Saharan settings.

    Authors: Sandro Accorsi, Edgardo Somigliana, Hagos Solomon, Tsegaye Ademe, Jofrey Woldegebriel, Biadgo Almaz, Mohammed Zemedu, Fabio Manenti, Akalu Tibebe, Pasquale Farese, Aberra Seifu, Serena Menozzi and Giovanni Putoto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:220

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Delay in receiving care significantly contributes to maternal morbidity and mortality. Much has been studied about reducing delays prior to arrival to referral facilities, but the delays incurred upon arrival ...

    Authors: David M. Goodman, Emmanuel K. Srofenyoh, Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, Sung Min Kim and Medge D. Owen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:216

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Making misoprostol widely available for management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and post abortion care (PAC) is essential for reducing maternal mortality. Private pharmacies (thereafter called “pharmacies”)...

    Authors: Kate Reiss, Katharine Footman, Eva Burke, Nafissatou Diop, Ramatoulaye Ndao, Babacar Mane, Maaike van Min and Thoai D. Ngo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:211

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  7. 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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  8. Content type: Research article

    When faced with an unintended pregnancy, some women choose to undergo an unsafe abortion, while others do not. This choice may depend on long-term contraception that shapes the fertility goals of women, along ...

    Authors: Carukshi Arambepola and Lalini C Rajapaksa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:205

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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