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  1. The period around childbirth and the first 24 hours postpartum remains a perilous time for both mother and newborn. Health care providers’ compliance to the World Health Organization modified partogram across ...

    Authors: Solomon Weldemariam Gebrehiwot, Mulugeta Woldu Abrha and Haftom Gebrehiwot Weldearegay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:647

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  2. Thermal control after birth is an essential part of neonatal care. However, the relationship between neonatal temperature at and after admission is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the change between neon...

    Authors: Francesco Cavallin, Serena Calgaro, Valentina Brugnolaro, Amir Hussein Abubacar Seni, Arlindo Rosario Muhelo, Liviana Da Dalt, Giovanni Putoto and Daniele Trevisanuto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:646

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  3. Abnormal gestational weight gain (GWG) is a prenatal complication that may contribute to long-term behavioral and neurodevelopmental differences in offspring. This systematic review summarizes research on the ...

    Authors: Sorayya Kheirouri and Mohammad Alizadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:645

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  4. This cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate the levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-ɑ), interleukin-8 (IL-8), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) in patients with prima...

    Authors: Jiacong Yan, Chengbo Liu, Han Zhao, Chunyan Wang, Huimei Yao, Qiong Lu, Jia Liu and Yun Feng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:644

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Global investments in neonatal survival have resulted in a growing number of children with morbidities surviving and requiring ongoing care. Little is known about the caregivers of these children in low- and m...

    Authors: Marie Claire Abimana, Egide Karangwa, Ibrahim Hakizimana, Catherine M. Kirk, Kathryn Beck, Ann C. Miller, Silas Havugarurema, Sadallah Bahizi, Alphonsine Uwamahoro, Kim Wilson, Mathieu Nemerimana and Alphonse Nshimyiryo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:643

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Pregnant women’s exposure to secondhand smoke is a very serious health issue in China. The purpose of our research is to identify factors that predict the probability of exposure to secondhand smoke among preg...

    Authors: Jiangyun Chen, Xinhui Li and Pengqian Fang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:642

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Performing obstetric ultrasound is part of midwifery practice in Norway. Knowledge of these midwives’ working situation can enhance understanding of what their work involves and the challenges they encounter i...

    Authors: Magnhild Reiso, Berit Langli, Eva Sommerseth and Aud Johannessen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:641

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Oxytocin is effective in reducing labor duration, but can be associated with fetal and maternal complications such as neonatal acidosis and post-partum hemorrhage. When comparing discontinuing oxytocin in the ...

    Authors: Aude Girault, François Goffinet and Camille Le Ray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:640

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Evidence-based medicine has shown that successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is associated with fewer complications than an elective repeat cesarean. Although spontaneous vaginal births and reductions...

    Authors: Qiuping Liao, Jinying Luo, Lianghui Zheng, Qing Han, Zhaodong Liu, Wei Qi, Tingting Yang and Jianying Yan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:639

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Four-dimensional hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (4D-HyCoSy) is the preferred way for evaluating fallopian tubal patency and it associated with higher rate of spontaneous conception. However, Few studies h...

    Authors: Yu Liu, Ning Zhang, Yanni He, Jiayao Shi, Meijun Zhou, Jingjiao Xu and Hongmei Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:638

    Content type: Research article

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  11. For every maternal death, 20 to 30 women are estimated to have morbidities related to pregnancy or childbirth. Much of this burden of disease is in women in low- and middle-income countries. Maternal multimorb...

    Authors: Mary McCauley, Shamsa Zafar and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:637

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Delayed health-seeking continues to contribute to preventable maternal and neonatal deaths in low resource countries. Some of the strategies to avoid the delay include early preparation for the birth and detec...

    Authors: James Orwa, Samwel Maina Gatimu, Michaela Mantel, Stanley Luchters, Michael A. Mugerwa, Sharon Brownie, Leonard Subi, Secilia Mrema, Lucy Nyaga, Grace Edwards, Loveluck Mwasha, Kahabi Isangula, Edna Selestine, Sofia Jadavji, Rachel Pell, Columba Mbekenga…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:636

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The diagnosis of hyperglycaemia in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is challenging. Blood glucose levels obtained during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) may not reflect home glycaemic profiles. We compare OGTT resu...

    Authors: J. M. Milln, E. Walugembe, S. Ssentayi, H. Nkabura, A. G. Jones and M. J. Nyirenda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:635

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  14. Although male involvement enhances obstetric care-seeking behavior, the practice of male involvement in developing countries remains unacceptably low. Male involvement in maternal services utilization can be i...

    Authors: Fabiola V. Moshi, Stephen M. Kibusi and Flora Fabian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:634

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Having a birth attendant with midwifery skills during childbirth is an effective intervention to reduce maternal and early neonatal morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, many women in Ethiopia still deliver a...

    Authors: Biruhtesfa Bekele Shiferaw and Lebitsi Maud Modiba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:633

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that breastfeeding should be initiated within the first hour of delivery followed by exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months. This study examined the determinants ...

    Authors: Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah and Freda Bonsu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:632

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Maternal death related to obstetric complications remains a great challenge in developing countries. Since these complications are not consistently predictable, it is important to plan different preventive app...

    Authors: Teshale Abosie Ananche and Legesse Tadesse Wodajo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:631

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) allows women to access genetic information about their fetuses without the physical risk inherent to prior testing methods. The advent of NIPT technology has led to concern...

    Authors: Sophie Montgomery and Zaneta M. Thayer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:630

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Midwifery care plays a vital role in the reduction of preventable maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. There is a growing concern about the quality of care during facility based childbirth and the occ...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:629

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Low birthweight (LBW) and preterm birth (PB) remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates worldwide. The aim of this study was to identify maternal demographic and antenatal factors associat...

    Authors: Prakash M. Jeena, Kareshma Asharam, Aweke A. Mitku, Pragalathan Naidoo and Rajen N. Naidoo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:628

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Observational data from the retrospective, non-randomized Pregnancy REmote MOnitoring I (PREMOM I) study showed that remote monitoring (RM) may be beneficial for prenatal observation of women at risk for gestatio...

    Authors: Dorien Lanssens, Inge M. Thijs and Wilfried Gyselaers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:626

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Preeclampsia/eclampsia is a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide, yet patients’ perspectives about their diagnosis are not well understood. Our study examines patient knowledge among women...

    Authors: Avina Joshi, Titus Beyuo, Samuel A. Oppong, Cheryl A. Moyer and Emma R. Lawrence

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:625

    Content type: Research article

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  23. A vigilant prescription of drugs during pregnancy can potentially safeguard the growing fetus from the deleterious effect of the drug while attempting to manage the mother’s health problems. There is a paucity...

    Authors: Niguse Meles Alema, Getachew Semagn, Shetey Melesse, Ephrem Mebrahtu Araya, Hagazi Gebremedhin, Desalegn Getnet Demsie, Solomon Weldegebreal Asgedom and Etasy Weldekidan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:624

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  24. The perinatal period is a time of immense change, which can be a period of stress and vulnerability for mental health difficulties. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown promise for reducing distress, but...

    Authors: Marissa D. Sbrilli, Larissa G. Duncan and Heidemarie K. Laurent

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:623

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Each day, approximately 810 women die during pregnancy and childbirth and 94% of the deaths take place in low and middle income countries. Only 45% of the births in South Asia are attended by skilled professio...

    Authors: Januka Khatiwada, Basilua Andre Muzembo, Koji Wada and Shunya Ikeda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:622

    Content type: Research article

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  26. To identify the relationship between quadruple test for aneuploidy screening (alpha-fetoprotein: AFP; free beta-human chorionic gonadotropin: b-hCG; unconjugated estriol: uE3 and inhibin-A: IHA) and fetal grow...

    Authors: Rakchanok Boonpiam, Chanane Wanapirak, Supatra Sirichotiyakul, Ratanaporn Sekararithi, Kuntharee Traisrisilp and Theera Tongsong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:621

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Adolescent pregnancy and motherhood has been a controversial and much disputed subject within the field of public health. Early childbearing is not only characterized as a physical body experience but also emb...

    Authors: Desiree Govender, Saloshni Naidoo and Myra Taylor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:620

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  28. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is common and is likely to be associated with metabolic complications in the mother. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of two doses of vitamin D supplementa...

    Authors: Soudabe Motamed, Bahareh Nikooyeh, Maryam Kashanian, Maryam Chamani, Bruce W. Hollis and Tirang R. Neyestani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:619

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  29. There is no clear consensus on the management of caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP), a complex and life-threatening condition. The objective of this study was to present a novel approach to management of CSP that ...

    Authors: Anda Pristavu, Angela Vinturache, Elena Mihalceanu, Radu Pintilie, Mircea Onofriescu and Demetra Socolov

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:617

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Given the importance of the childbirth experience, its effects on women’s life and society, and the need for its assessment by accurate instruments, this study aimed to determine the psychometric properties of...

    Authors: Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi and Solmaz Ghanbari-Homayi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:616

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported as unintended and rates are highest among women of low socioeconomic status. The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between u...

    Authors: Alanna M. Cruz-Bendezú, Grace V. Lovell, Brianna Roche, Meghan Perkins, Tiffany L. Blake-Lamb, Elsie M. Taveras and Meg Simione

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:615

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  32. Fetal double aortic arch (DAA) malformation is a rare congenital heart disease with few reported cases in the literature. We aimed to investigate the characteristics of prenatal ultrasound and postnatal comput...

    Authors: Qiao Guo, Yifan Kong, Shi Zeng, Jiawei Zhou, Xiaofang Wang, Quanliang Shang, Jia Zhou, Hongxia Yuan, Ling Wang, Lili Tong, Aijiao Yi and Qichang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:614

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  33. No Pain Labor &Delivery (NPLD) is a nongovernmental project to increase access to safe neuraxial analgesia through specialized training. This study explores the change in overall cesarean delivery (CD) rate an...

    Authors: Yun Zhao, Ying Gao, Guoqiang Sun, Ling Yu and Ying Lin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:613

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in singleton pregnancies represent a high-risk scenario. The incidence, associated factors and outcomes of GDM in twin pregnancies is not known in the UAE.

    Authors: Juma Alkaabi, Raya Almazrouei, Taoufik Zoubeidi, Fatema M. Alkaabi, Fatima Rashid Alkendi, Amel Eisa Almiri, Charu Sharma, Abdul-Kader Souid, Nasloon Ali and Luai A. Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:612

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Pre-existing maternal cardiac disease is a significant contributor to adverse maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes. In 2015–2017, our team conducted the first community-based study of maternal rheumatic hear...

    Authors: Sonia Voleti, Emmy Okello, Meghna Murali, Rachel Sarnacki, Albert Majwala, Renny Ssembatya, Olivia Bakka, Henriator Namisanvu, Angela Njeri, Alphonsus Matovu, Kristen DeStigter, Craig Sable and Andrea Beaton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:611

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Persistent right umbilical vein (PRUV) is characterized by atresia of the left umbilical vein while the right umbilical vein remains open. Given the limited sample size of most studies, the incidence of PRUV a...

    Authors: Jingyu Li, Qian Yuan, Hao Ding, Zeyu Yang, Bing Wang and Bin Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:610

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Postpartum depression is considered to be one of the most common health threats during pregnancy and postpartum, affecting not only the woman herself but also the offspring and the whole family system. Evidenc...

    Authors: Alexandra Johann and Ulrike Ehlert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:609

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. Evidence suggests appearance of socioeconomic gradient in the probability of low birth weight (LBW). Such evidence, however, is scanty in Ethiopia. The study aimed to examine the prevalence of and socioeconomi...

    Authors: Gebretsadik Shibre and Mulugeta Tamire

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:608

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have a higher risk of cesarean delivery (CD) than glucose-tolerant women. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a risk score for predicting primary CD...

    Authors: Chadakarn Phaloprakarn and Siriwan Tangjitgamol

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:607

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Wound infection is a common complication following caesarean section. Factors influencing the risk of infection may include the suture material for skin closure, and closure of the subcutaneous fascia. We asse...

    Authors: Amanda J. Poprzeczny, Rosalie M. Grivell, Jennie Louise, Andrea R. Deussen and Jodie M. Dodd

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:606

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  41. Prolonged labor might contribute to a negative birth experience and influence first-time mothers’ attitudes towards future pregnancies. Previous studies have not adjusted for possible confounding factors, such...

    Authors: L. C. Gaudernack, T. M. Michelsen, T. Egeland, N. Voldner and M. Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:605

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  42. Pregnancy tests can be used for the early diagnosis of fetal problems and can prevent abnormal birth in pregnancies. Yet, testing preferences among Chinese women are poorly investigated.

    Authors: Liangzhi Wu, Yanxin Wu, Shiqian Zou, Cong Sun, Junyu Chen, Xueyan Li, Zihang Lin, Lizhi Guan, Qing Zeng, Sihan Zhao, Jingtong Liang, Rui Chen, Zhiwen Hu, Kingyan Au, Daipeng Xie, Xiaomin Xiao…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:604

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  43. Low birthweight (LBW) is a significant public health issue, and maternal smoking is the most prevalent preventable cause of LBW. But there is limited evidence on association of LBW among children and cigarette...

    Authors: Ruiping Wang, Ting Sun, Qiong Yang, Qing Yang, Jian Wang, Huan Li, Yue Tang, Liang Yang and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:603

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  44. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is a potentially lethal condition of pregnant women with a high mortality rate. Potential predictors related to postpartum recovery time and prognostic factors of AFLP are...

    Authors: Jun Chen, Ze-Bing Huang, Xue-Gong Fan, Xing-Wang Hu, Min Qi, Cheng-Jin Liao, Li-Yuan Long and Yan Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:601

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  45. The aim of this national survey was to explore pregnant women’s perceptions of COVID-19 and their healthcare experiences.

    Authors: Babu Karavadra, Andrea Stockl, Edward Prosser-Snelling, Paul Simpson and Edward Morris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:600

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Preterm birth (PTB; gestational age < 37 weeks) is the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) have been previously cited as risk factors for ...

    Authors: Stephanie M. Eick, Michael Welton, Mechelle D. Claridy, Skarlet G. Velasquez, Nicholas Mallis and José F. Cordero

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:599

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  47. The “Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment” (EXIT) procedure allows to ensure fetal airway before completion of delivery and umbilical cord clamping while keeping uteroplacental circulation. Airway obstruction in fet...

    Authors: Lutgardo García-Díaz, Angel Chimenea, Juan Carlos de Agustín, Antonio Pavón and Guillermo Antiñolo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:598

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Although physical activity (PA) in pregnancy benefits most women, not much is known about pregnancy-related changes in PA and its association with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) risk. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Heng Yaw Yong, Zalilah Mohd Shariff, Barakatun Nisak Mohd Yusof, Zulida Rejali, Jacques Bindels, Yvonne Yee Siang Tee and Eline M. van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:597

    Content type: Research article

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