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  1. Health care providers should counsel pregnant patients on physical activity and nutrition to improve pregnancy outcomes. However, little is known about provider advice on these lifestyle behaviors among women ...

    Authors: Kara M. Whitaker, Meghan Baruth, Rebecca A. Schlaff, Hailee Talbot, Christopher P. Connolly, Jihong Liu and Sara Wilcox

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:418

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Despite public funding of midwifery care, people of low-socioeconomic status are less likely to access midwifery care in Ontario, Canada, but little is known about barriers that they experience in accessing mi...

    Authors: Elizabeth K. Darling, Lindsay Grenier, Lisa Nussey, Beth Murray-Davis, Eileen K. Hutton and Meredith Vanstone

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:416

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with an increased risk of pregnancy and obstetric complications. The “healthy living in pregnancy” (GeliS) study was performed in a routine care setting wi...

    Authors: Julia Hoffmann, Julia Günther, Kristina Geyer, Lynne Stecher, Kathrin Rauh, Julia Kunath, Dorothy Meyer, Christina Sitzberger, Monika Spies, Eva Rosenfeld, Luzia Kick, Renate Oberhoffer and Hans Hauner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:414

    Content type: Research article

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  4. To assess the maternal characteristics and nutritional status according to body mass index (BMI) at 6–14 weeks of gestation and to examine the relationship between maternal nutritional status in early pregnanc...

    Authors: Bishwajit Bhowmik, Tasnima Siddique, Anindita Majumder, Ibrahimu Mdala, Israt A. Hossain, Zahid Hassan, Ishrat Jahan, Nayla Cristina do V. Moreira, Abdul Alim, Abdul Basit, Graham A. Hitman, Abul Kalam A. Khan and Akhtar Hussain

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:413

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Mental disorders in pregnancy are common causes of morbidity and mortality with associated risks of adverse neonatal outcomes. Our aims were to evaluate the prevalence of self-reported mental disorders in wome...

    Authors: David Mongan, Janine Lynch, Donncha Hanna, Ciaran Shannon, Shona Hamilton, Claire Potter, Colin Gorman, Orlagh McCambridge, Rachel Morrow and Ciaran Mulholland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:412

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Caesarean section (CS) is an important lifesaving intervention that can reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. The dramatic increase in CS rates globally has prompted concerns that the procedure ...

    Authors: Shatha Elnakib, Nahla Abdel-Tawab, Doaa Orbay and Nevine Hassanein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:411

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Studies of healthcare service use during the pregnancy-postpartum cycle often rely on self-reported data. The reliability of self-reported information is often questioned as administrative data or medical reco...

    Authors: Lina Sofia Morón-Duarte, Andrea Ramirez Varela, Diego G. Bassani, Andrea Dâmaso Bertoldi, Marlos R. Domingues, Fernando C. Wehrmeister and Mariangela Freitas Silveira

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:410

    Content type: Research article

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  8. It is still uncertain whether surgical evacuation adversely affects subsequent embryo transfer. The present study aims to assess the influence of surgical evacuation on the pregnancy outcomes of subsequent emb...

    Authors: Junan Meng, Mengchen Zhu, Wenjuan Shen, Xiaomin Huang, Haixiang Sun and Jianjun Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:409

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Incarceration of the gravid uterus is a rare obstetric disorder that contributes to pregnancy-related complications. To understand its clinical characteristics and managements, we have reviewed the etiology, r...

    Authors: Cha Han, Chen Wang, Lulu Han, Guoyan Liu, Huiyang Li, Fuman She, Fengxia Xue and Yingmei Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:408

    Content type: Case report

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  10. The perinatal period presents a high-risk time for development of mood disorders. Australia-wide universal perinatal care, including depression screening, make this stage amenable to population-level preventat...

    Authors: Sarah Khanlari, John Eastwood, Bryanne Barnett, Sabrina Naz and Felix Akpojene Ogbo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:407

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Rates of cesarean section (CS) are increasing and abnormal fetal heart rate tracing and concern about consequent acidosis remain one of the most common indications for primary CS. Umbilical artery (UA) lactate...

    Authors: Emma R. Allanson, Robert C. Pattinson, Elizabeth A. Nathan and Jan E. Dickinson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:405

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Community distribution of misoprostol to pregnant women in advance of labor is one of the compelling strategies for preventing postpartum hemorrhage. Concerns have been reported that misoprostol distribution c...

    Authors: Gizachew Tadele Tiruneh, Bereket Yakob, Wubegzier Mekonnen Ayele, Muluneh Yigzaw, Meselech Assegid Roro, Araya Abrha Medhanyi, Etenesh Gebreyohannes Hailu and Yibeltal Tebekaw Bayou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:404

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To better understand the profound multisystem changes in maternal physiology triggered by parturition, in particular in the underexplored neuronal system, by deploying a panel of pre- vs post-delivery maternal...

    Authors: Katrina Suzanne Evers, Evelyn Annegret Huhn, Sotirios Fouzas, Christian Barro, Jens Kuhle, Urs Fisch, Luca Bernasconi, Olav Lapaire and Sven Wellmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:403

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Japan has an exceptionally high proportion of low-weight births and underweight women. It has been suggested that an appropriate increase in gestational weight gain (GWG) for underweight women will help to pre...

    Authors: Noriko SATO and Naoyuki MIYASAKA

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:402

    Content type: Research article

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  15. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of using an activity-tracking device (ATD) during pregnancy and compare self-reported to ATD-calculated energy expenditure in a 2-phase study.

    Authors: Michelle A. Kominiarek, Lauren C. Balmert, Hallie Tolo, William Grobman and Melissa Simon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:401

    Content type: Research article

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  16. In Uruguay it is mandatory to review all cases of positive HIV or reactive syphilis tests in pregnancy and peripartum. We compared the rates of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis and HIV detected by case...

    Authors: Susana Cabrera, Mariangela Freitas Silveira, Ana Visconti, Fabian García, Rafael Aguirre, Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon, Jorge Quian and Suzanne J. Serruya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:400

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Accessibility and utilization of antenatal care (ANC) service varies depending on different geographical locations, sociodemographic characteristics, political and other factors. A geographically linked data a...

    Authors: Teketo Kassaw Tegegne, Catherine Chojenta, Theodros Getachew, Roger Smith and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:399

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The optimal criteria to diagnose gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) remain contested. The Swedish National Board of Health introduced the 2013 WHO criteria in 2015 as a recommendation for initiation of treatm...

    Authors: Helena Fadl, Maryam Saeedi, Scott Montgomery, Anders Magnuson, Erik Schwarcz, Kerstin Berntorp, Verena Sengpiel, Elisabeth Storck-Lindholm, Helena Strevens, Anna-Karin Wikström, Sophia Brismar-Wendel, Martina Persson, Stefan Jansson, Fredrik Ahlsson, Carina Ursing, Linda Ryen…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:398

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are characterized by hemodynamic disturbances. Altered thyroid function is a risk factor for poor outcomes of pregnancy. However, the associations between thyroid func...

    Authors: Yu Liu, Bo Gao, Xin Zeng, Jing Yang, Lei Zhang, Ganwei Xu, Ruizhe Jia and Zhengfeng Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:396

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Vitamin D plays an important role in human physiology and pathology. The receptor for vitamin D regulates 0.5–5% of the human genome. Accordingly, vitamin D insufficiency has been shown to increase the risk of...

    Authors: Alessio Paffoni, Edgardo Somigliana, Veronica Sarais, Stefania Ferrari, Marco Reschini, Sofia Makieva, Enrico Papaleo and Paola Viganò

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:395

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. The management of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) during pregnancy remains challenging as both the maternal and fetal outcomes should be considered. Several reports suggested that chemotherapy can be administered...

    Authors: Abdullah M. Alrajhi, Sarah A. Alhazzani, Nouf M. Alajaji, Fouad H. Alnajjar, Nawal F. Alshehry and Imran K. Tailor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:394

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a global health problem with increased risk and morbidities during pregnancy. This study investigated the magnitude of viral STIs among pregnant women from three rural...

    Authors: Gilbert Ng’wamkai, Kalista V. Msigwa, Damas Chengula, Frank Mgaya, Clotilda Chuma, Betrand Msemwa, Vitus Silago, Mtebe Majigo, Stephen E. Mshana and Mariam M. Mirambo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:392

    Content type: Research article

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  23. In developed countries, prenatal maternal stress has been associated with poor fetal growth, however this has not been evaluated in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We evaluated the effect of prenatal maternal stress...

    Authors: Kenneth Ayuurebobi Ae-Ngibise, Blair J. Wylie, Ellen Boamah-Kaali, Darby W. Jack, Felix Boakye Oppong, Steven N. Chillrud, Stephaney Gyaase, Seyram Kaali, Oscar Agyei, Patrick L. Kinney, Mohammed Mujtaba, Rosalind J. Wright, Kwaku Poku Asante and Alison G. Lee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:391

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Early, regular prenatal care utilization is an important strategy for improving maternal and infant health outcomes. The purpose of this study is to better understand contributing factors to disparate prenatal...

    Authors: Erin L. Blakeney, Jerald R. Herting, Betty Bekemeier and Brenda K. Zierler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:390

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience high rates of diabetes in pregnancy (DIP), contributing to health risks for mother and infant, and the intergenerational cycle of diabetes. By enhancing d...

    Authors: R. Kirkham, N. Trap-Jensen, J. A. Boyle, F. Barzi, E. L. M. Barr, C. Whitbread, P. Van Dokkum, M. Kirkwood, C. Connors, E. Moore, P. Zimmet, S. Corpus, A. J. Hanley, K. O’Dea, J. Oats, H. D. McIntyre…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:389

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The first few weeks after childbirth are critical, as women may encounter lactation problems and postpartum depression during this period. However, it is still unclear whether early breastfeeding behaviours ar...

    Authors: Tingting Sha, Xiao Gao, Cheng Chen, Ling Li, Gang Cheng, Xialing Wu, Qianling Tian, Fan Yang, Qiong He and Yan Yan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:388

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Although obesity is a well-known risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes, evidence is sparse about the effects of interpregnancy weight change on the risk of adverse perinatal complications in a subsequent ...

    Authors: Noor E. W. D. Teulings, Katya L. Masconi, Susan E. Ozanne, Catherine E. Aiken and Angela M. Wood

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:386

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Genomics-based noninvasive prenatal tests (NIPT) allow screening for chromosomal anomalies such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21). The technique uses cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) that circulates in the maternal bl...

    Authors: Valérie Labonté, Dima Alsaid, Britta Lang and Joerg J. Meerpohl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:385

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Increasing male involvement during pregnancy is considered an important, but often overlooked intervention for improving maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa. Intervention studies aimed at improving maternal ...

    Authors: Anna Galle, Helio Cossa, Sally Griffin, Nafissa Osman, Kristien Roelens and Olivier Degomme

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:384

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The historically high cesarean section rate and the recent change in second-child policy could increase the risk of cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) in China. This study aims to assess risk factors and consequenc...

    Authors: Ri-hua Xie, Xiaoyan Guo, Meng Li, Yan Liao, Laura Gaudet, Mark Walker, Huizhong Lei and Shi Wu Wen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:383

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Diagnosis and management of non-obstetric abdominal pathologies during pregnancy are clinically challenging for both obstetricians and general surgeons. Our aim was to evaluate the outcome of pregnant patients...

    Authors: J. Vujic, K. Marsoner, A. H. Lipp-Pump, P. Klaritsch, H. J. Mischinger and P. Kornprat

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:382

    Content type: Research article

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  32. In neonatal care, assessment of the temperature of the neonate is essential to confirm on-going health, and as an early signal of potential pathology. However, some methods of temperature assessment involve di...

    Authors: Anastasia Topalidou, Nazmin Ali, Slobodan Sekulic and Soo Downe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:381

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a low cost, skills-based neonatal resuscitation education program designed specifically for use in low resource settings. Studies from Tanzania, India and Nepal have demonstrate...

    Authors: Sara Berkelhamer and Nalini Singhal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:380

    Content type: Correspondence

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:222

  34. Niger has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in Sub Saharan Africa, of which postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause. In 2014, Health and Development International and the Ministry of Health of Ni...

    Authors: Meighan Mary, Ayisha Diop, Wendy R. Sheldon, Aichatou Yenikoye and Beverly Winikoff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:379

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Several risk factors predisposing women and their live-borns to adverse outcomes during pregnancy have been documented. Little is known about sanitation being a factor contributing to adverse pregnancy outcome...

    Authors: Ratna Patel, Ajay Gupta, Shekhar Chauhan and Dhananjay W. Bansod

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:378

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Fetal conditions can pose significant challenges in the management of pregnancies complicated by pre-existing maternal medical conditions.

    Authors: Claire M. McCarthy, Alya al-Madhani, Suzanne Smyth, Nóirín E. Russell, Ruwan Wimalasundera and Keelin O’Donoghue

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:377

    Content type: Case report

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  37. Pregnancy after kidney transplantation has been considered as high risk for maternal and fetal complications. After careful patient selection successful pregnancies are described. Little is known about fetal o...

    Authors: Friederike Bachmann, Klemens Budde, Marie Gerland, Cornelia Wiechers, Nils Heyne, Silvio Nadalin, Sara Brucker and Cornelia Bachmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:376

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Almost 99% of pregnancy or childbirth-related complications globally is estimated to occur in developing regions. Yet, little is known about the demographic impact of maternal causes of death (COD) in low-and ...

    Authors: Sulemana Watara Abubakari, Ayaga Agula Bawah, Ernest Obed Nettey, Edward Anane Apraku, Charles Zandoh, Seeba Amenga-Etego, Kwaku Poku Asante, Seth Owusu-Agyei and Delali Margaret Badasu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:374

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Endometriosis is a common disease occurring in 1–2% of all women of reproductive age. Although there is increasing evidence on the association between endometriosis and adverse perinatal outcomes, little is kn...

    Authors: Mayo Miura, Takafumi Ushida, Kenji Imai, Jingwen Wang, Yoshinori Moriyama, Tomoko Nakano-Kobayashi, Satoko Osuka, Fumitaka Kikkawa and Tomomi Kotani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:373

    Content type: Research article

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  40. In 2010, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling upon countries to prevent birth defects where possible. Though birth defects surveillance programs are an important source of information to guide...

    Authors: Daniel Mumpe-Mwanja, Linda Barlow-Mosha, Dhelia Williamson, Diana Valencia, Robert Serunjogi, Ayoub Kakande, Joyce Namale-Matovu, Jolly Nankunda, Doreen Birabwa-Male, Margaret Achom Okwero, Jesca Nsungwa-Sabiiti and Philippa Musoke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:372

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  41. Birth preparedness and complication readiness has as goal to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. This concept developed by the organizations of the United Nations permits pregnant women and their families ...

    Authors: Yunga Patience Ijang, Samuel Nambile Nambile Cumber, Claude Ngwayu Nkfusai, Mbinkar Adeline Venyuy, Fala Bede and Pierre Marie Tebeu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:371

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Health related quality of life is a critical concept during the perinatal period but remains under-researched. The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement have included the Patient Reported Ou...

    Authors: Valerie Slavin, Jenny Gamble, Debra K. Creedy, Jennifer Fenwick and Julie Pallant

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:370

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Evidence suggests that many women experience mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities across the world, but the magnitude of the problem is unknown. The occurrence of disrespect and abuse (D&A) in m...

    Authors: Anna Galle, Helma Manaharlal, Emidio Cumbane, Joelma Picardo, Sally Griffin, Nafissa Osman, Kristien Roelens and Olivier Degomme

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:369

    Content type: Research article

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