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  1. Pregnancy anemia remains as a public health problem, since the official reports in the 70’s. To guide the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia in pregnancy, the haemoglobin concentration is the most used test i...

    Authors: Cristiane Campello Bresani, Maria Cynthia Braga, Daniel Falcão Felisberto, Carlos Eduardo Lopes Tavares-de-Melo, Debora Bresani Salvi and Malaquias Batista-Filho
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:13
  2. Maternal age is a known risk factor for stillbirth and delayed childbearing is a societal norm in developed country settings. The timing and reasons for age being a risk factor are less clear. This study aimed...

    Authors: Adrienne Gordon, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Kevin McGeechan, Jonathan Morris and Heather Jeffery
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:12
  3. The maternal near-miss concept has been developed as an instrument for assisting health systems to evaluate and improve their quality of care. Our study aimed at studying the characteristics and quality of car...

    Authors: Maysoon Jabir, Imad Abdul-Salam, Dhikra M Suheil, Wafa Al-Hilli, Sana Abul-Hassan, Amal Al-Zuheiri, Rasha Al-Ba'aj, Abeer Dekan, Özge Tunçalp and Joao Paulo Souza
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:11
  4. The aim was to evaluate the metabolic profile in conjunction with vascular function using the ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) in women with uncomplicated pregnancies and in women with gestational di...

    Authors: Henna Kärkkäinen, Tomi Laitinen, Nonna Heiskanen, Heli Saarelainen, Pirjo Valtonen, Tiina Lyyra-Laitinen, Esko Vanninen and Seppo Heinonen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:9
  5. During the last decades there has been a steady increase of twin births. A combination of improved medical treatment of preterm and small-for-gestational age children has contributed to a higher number of surv...

    Authors: Marie Bladh, Ann Josefsson, John Carstensen, Orvar Finnström and Gunilla Sydsjö
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:6
  6. Skilled attendants during labor, delivery, and in the early postpartum period, can prevent up to 75% or more of maternal death. However, in many developing countries, very few mothers make at least one antenat...

    Authors: Solomon Shiferaw, Mark Spigt, Merijn Godefrooij, Yilma Melkamu and Michael Tekie
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:5
  7. Women who have a breech presentation at term have to decide whether to attempt external cephalic version (ECV) and how they want to give birth if the baby remains breech, either by planned caesarean section (C...

    Authors: Rebecca Say, Richard Thomson, Stephen Robson and Catherine Exley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:4
  8. Postpartum depression is a serious problem for women and their offspring. Micronutrient supplements are recommended for pregnant women because of their documented protective effects for the offspring, but thei...

    Authors: Brenda MY Leung, Bonnie J Kaplan, Catherine J Field, Suzanne Tough, Misha Eliasziw, Mariel Fajer Gomez, Linda J McCargar and Lisa Gagnon
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:2
  9. Current recommendations do not support the use of continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) for low risk women during labour, yet EFM remains widespread in clinical practice. Consideration of the views, per...

    Authors: Valerie Smith, Cecily M Begley, Mike Clarke and Declan Devane
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:166
  10. Congenital anomalies and their primary prevention are a crucial public health issue. This work aimed to estimate the prevalence of congenital anomalies in Brindisi, a city in southeastern Italy at high risk of...

    Authors: Emilio Antonio Luca Gianicolo, Antonella Bruni, Enrico Rosati, Saverio Sabina, Roberto Guarino, Gabriella Padolecchia, Carlo Leo, Maria Angela Vigotti, Maria Grazia Andreassi and Giuseppe Latini
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:165
  11. Hyperglycemia in pregnancy is associated with poor perinatal outcome. Even if pregnant women with diabetes are monitored according to current guidelines, they do much worse than their normoglycaemic counterpar...

    Authors: Daphne N Voormolen, J Hans DeVries, Arie Franx, Ben WJ Mol and Inge M Evers
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:164
  12. Studies report mixed findings about rates of both exclusive and partial breastfeeding amongst women who are migrants or refugees in high income countries. It is important to understand the beliefs and experien...

    Authors: Virginia Schmied, Hannah Olley, Elaine Burns, Margie Duff, Cindy-Lee Dennis and Hannah G Dahlen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:163
  13. The proportions of preterm birth (PTB, ie., delivered before 37 gestational weeks) and low birth weight (LBW, ie., birth weight less than 2500 g at delivery) have been rising in developed countries. We sought ...

    Authors: Takashi Yorifuji, Hiroo Naruse, Saori Kashima, Takeshi Murakoshi, Tsuguhiko Kato, Sachiko Inoue, Hiroyuki Doi and Ichiro Kawachi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:162
  14. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are associated with systemic endothelial dysfunction leading to impaired physiological vasodilation. Recent evidence has shown central aortic pressures obtained through puls...

    Authors: Wai Yee Lim, Seang Mei Saw, Kok Hian Tan, George SH Yeo and Kenneth YC Kwek
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:160
  15. Indigenous Australians are a small, widely dispersed population. Regarding childbearing women and infants, inequities in service delivery and culturally unsafe services contribute to significantly poorer outco...

    Authors: Sue Kildea, Helen Stapleton, Rebecca Murphy, Natalie Billy Low and Kristen Gibbons
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:159
  16. Clean birth practices can prevent sepsis, one of the leading causes of both maternal and newborn mortality. Evidence suggests that clean birth kits (CBKs), as part of package that includes education, are assoc...

    Authors: Vanora A Hundley, Bilal I Avan, Haris Ahmed and Wendy J Graham
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:158
  17. An increase in the number of women with maternal obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2) has had a huge impact on the delivery of maternity services. As part of a programme of feasibility work to design an ante...

    Authors: Debbie M Smith, Alison Cooke and Tina Lavender
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:157
  18. Asians are at increased risk of morbidity at a lower body mass index (BMI) than European Whites, particularly relating to metabolic risk. UK maternal obesity guidelines use general population BMI criteria to d...

    Authors: Nicola Heslehurst, Naveed Sattar, Daghni Rajasingam, John Wilkinson, Carolyn D Summerbell and Judith Rankin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:156
  19. There is a high association between disturbed (poor quality) sleep and depression, which has lead to a consensus that there is a bidirectional relationship between sleep and mood. One time in a woman’s life wh...

    Authors: Liora Kempler, Louise Sharpe and Delwyn Bartlett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:155
  20. Women in low-income countries are generally considered to have a high physical workload which is sustained during pregnancy. Although most previous studies have been based on questionnaires a recent meta-analy...

    Authors: Mads F Hjorth, Stine Kloster, Tsinuel Girma, Daniel Faurholt-Jepsen, Gregers Andersen, Pernille Kæstel, Søren Brage and Henrik Friis
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:154
  21. Research has shown that exposure to interpersonal violence is associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Understanding the impact of interpersonal violence on mental health in the early postpartum period h...

    Authors: Lise A Malta, Sheila W McDonald, Kathy M Hegadoren, Carol A Weller and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:153
  22. Poorly spaced pregnancies have been documented worldwide to result in adverse maternal and child health outcomes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum inter-birth interval of 33 months betw...

    Authors: Amon Exavery, Sigilbert Mrema, Amri Shamte, Kristin Bietsch, Dominic Mosha, Godfrey Mbaruku and Honorati Masanja
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:152
  23. Antenatal care (ANC) is one of the recommended interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. Yet in most Sub-Saharan African countries, high rates of ANC coverage coexist with high maternal and neon...

    Authors: Nicholas N A Kyei, Collins Chansa and Sabine Gabrysch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:151
  24. Helpline services have become an increasingly popular mode of providing community access to information and expert information and advice in the health and welfare sector. This paper reports on data collected ...

    Authors: Gill Thomson, Nicola Crossland, Fiona Dykes and Chris J Sutton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:150
  25. There is increased recognition of the importance of breastfeeding at a national level as evidenced by the increased number of Canadian mothers initiating breastfeeding. However, adolescent mothers (<19 years),...

    Authors: Sherry A Nesbitt, Karen A Campbell, Susan M Jack, Heather Robinson, Kathleen Piehl and Janice C Bogdan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:149
  26. From 2000 a routine survey of mothers with newborn infants was commenced in South Western Sydney. The survey included the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). The aim of the study was to determine the ...

    Authors: John G Eastwood, Bin B Jalaludin, Lynn A Kemp, Hai N Phung and Bryane EW Barnett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:148
  27. To determine the rates of birth registration over a five-year period in New South Wales (NSW) and explore the factors associated with the rate of registration.

    Authors: Fenglian Xu, Elizabeth A Sullivan, Deborah A Black, Lisa R Jackson Pulver and Richard C Madden
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:147
  28. There is little known about women’s concurrent use of conventional and complementary health care during pregnancy, particularly consultation patterns with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This stu...

    Authors: Amie Steel, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt, Alex Broom, Cindy Gallois and Jane Frawley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:146
  29. British women are increasingly delaying childbirth. The proportion giving birth over the age of 35 rose from 12% in 1996 to 20% in 2006. Women over this age are at a higher risk of perinatal death, and antepar...

    Authors: Kate F Walker, George Bugg, Marion Macpherson, Carol McCormick, Chris Wildsmith, Gordon Smith and Jim Thornton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:145
  30. Sleep disturbances in late pregnancy are common. This study aimed to survey sleep problems in third trimester pregnant women and to compare sleep in the pre-pregnancy period with the third trimester.

    Authors: B Lynne Hutchison, Peter R Stone, Lesley ME McCowan, Alistair W Stewart, John MD Thompson and Edwin A Mitchell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:144
  31. To bring down its high maternal mortality ratio, Burkina Faso adopted a national health policy in 2007 that designed to boost the assisted delivery rate and improving quality of emergency obstetrical and neona...

    Authors: Loubna Belaid and Valéry Ridde
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:143
  32. Current national and international maternity policy supports the importance of addressing public health goals and investing in early years. Health care providers for women during the reproductive and early pos...

    Authors: Jenny McNeill, Jackie Doran, Fiona Lynn, Gail Anderson and Fiona Alderdice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:142
  33. Exploring the experiences and views of men who had attended the birth of their children is very vital, especially in a setting where traditionally only women accord women support during labour and childbirth. ...

    Authors: Lucy Ida Kululanga, Address Malata, Ellen Chirwa and Johanne Sundby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:141
  34. Despite twinning being common in Africa, few prospective twin studies have been conducted. We studied twinning rate, perinatal mortality and the clinical characteristics of newborn twins in urban Guinea-Bissau.

    Authors: Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Najaaraq Lund, Frida Staarup Jepsen, Luis Camala, Margarida Alfredo Gomes, Kaare Christensen, Lene Christiansen, Dorte Møller Jensen, Peter Aaby, Henning Beck-Nielsen, Christine Stabell Benn and Morten Sodemann
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:140
  35. Perinatal mortality reflects maternal health as well as antenatal, intrapartum and newborn care, and is an important health indicator. This study aimed at classifying causes of perinatal death in order to iden...

    Authors: Blandina T Mmbaga, Rolv Terje Lie, Raimos Olomi, Michael Johnson Mahande, Oneko Olola and Anne Kjersti Daltveit
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:139
  36. In the United States, an estimated 70 stillbirths occur each day, on average 25,000 each year. Research into the prevalence and causes of stillbirth is ongoing, but meanwhile, many parents suffer this devastat...

    Authors: Maureen C Kelley and Susan B Trinidad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:137
  37. The aim of this study was to compare maternal labour and birth outcomes between women who gave birth on a birth seat or in any other position for vaginal birth and further, to study the relationship between sy...

    Authors: Li Thies-Lagergren, Linda J Kvist, Kyllike Christensson and Ingegerd Hildingsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:135
  38. Criteria-based audits (CBA) have been used to improve clinical management in developed countries, but have only recently been introduced in the developing world. This study discusses the use of a CBA to improv...

    Authors: Hussein Lesio Kidanto, Peter Wangwe, Charles D Kilewo, Lennarth Nystrom and Gunnila Lindmark
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:134
  39. Identifying risk factors that affect excess weight gain during pregnancy is critical, especially among women who are at a higher risk for obesity. The goal of this study was to determine if acculturation, a po...

    Authors: Alison Tovar, Lisa Chasan-Taber, Odilia I Bermudez, Raymond R Hyatt and Aviva Must
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:133
  40. Among the factors contributing to the high maternal morbidity and mortality in Uganda is the high proportion of pregnant women who do not deliver under supervision in health facilities. This study aimed to ide...

    Authors: Agnes Anyait, David Mukanga, George Bwire Oundo and Fred Nuwaha
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:132
  41. Pregnancy is an ideal time to encourage healthy lifestyles as most women access health services and are more receptive to health messages; however few effective interventions exist. The aim of this research wa...

    Authors: Shelley A Wilkinson and H David McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:131
  42. The aim of this study is to compare the odds of postpartum haemorrhage among women who opt for home birth against the odds of postpartum haemorrhage for those who plan a hospital birth. It is an observational ...

    Authors: Andrea Nove, Ann Berrington and Zoë Matthews
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:130
  43. Midwifery units offer care to women with straightforward pregnancies, but unforeseen complications can arise during labour or soon after birth, necessitating transfer to a hospital obstetric unit. In England, ...

    Authors: Rachel E Rowe, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Louise Locock and Ray Fitzpatrick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:129
  44. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem with serious consequences for women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Reproductive health outcomes such as unwanted and termin...

    Authors: Diddy Antai and Sunday Adaji
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:128
  45. In low-resource settings, where abortion is highly restricted and self-induced abortions are common, access to post-abortion care (PAC) services, especially treatment of incomplete terminations, is a priority....

    Authors: Tara Shochet, Ayisha Diop, Alioune Gaye, Madi Nayama, Aissata Bal Sall, Fawole Bukola, Thieba Blandine, Okunlola Michael Abiola, Blami Dao, Ogunbode Olayinka and Beverly Winikoff
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:127
  46. Childbirth is an important transitional life event, but one in which many women are dissatisfied stemming in part from a sense that labour is something that happens to them rather than with them. Promoting mat...

    Authors: Colleen Fisher, Yvonne Hauck, Sara Bayes and Jean Byrne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:126
  47. The incidence of severe maternal morbidity is increasing in high-income countries as a consequence, in part, of increased obstetric intervention and increasingly complex medical needs of women who become pregn...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jane Sandall and Debra Bick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:125

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