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  1. Primary postpartum haemorrhage is an obstetrical emergency often causing acute anaemia that may require immediate red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. This anaemia results in symptoms such as fatigue, which may h...

    Authors: Babette W Prick, Eric AP Steegers, AJ Gerard Jansen, Wim CJ Hop, Marie-Louise Essink-Bot, Nina CJ Peters, Carin A Uyl-de Groot, Dimitri NM Papatsonis, Bettina MC Akerboom, Godfried CH Metz, Henk A Bremer, Aren J van Loon, Rob H Stigter, Joris AM van der Post, Marcel van Alphen, Martina Porath…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:83
  2. Maternal and newborn mortality rates remain unacceptably high, especially where the majority of births occur in home settings or in facilities with inadequate resources. The introduction of emergency obstetric...

    Authors: Omrana Pasha, Robert L Goldenberg, Elizabeth M McClure, Sarah Saleem, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Fernando Althabe, Archana Patel, Fabian Esamai, Ana Garces, Elwyn Chomba, Manolo Mazariegos, Bhala Kodkany, Jose M Belizan, Richard J Derman, Patricia L Hibberd, Waldemar A Carlo…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:82
  3. Negative experiences of first childbirth increase risks for maternal postpartum depression and may negatively affect mothers' attitudes toward future pregnancies and choice of delivery method. Postpartum quest...

    Authors: Anna Dencker, Charles Taft, Liselotte Bergqvist, Håkan Lilja and Marie Berg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:81
  4. Most midwives in the Netherlands work in primary care where they are the lead professionals providing care to women with 'normal' or uncomplicated pregnancies, while some midwives work in hospitals ("clinical ...

    Authors: Therese A Wiegers and Chantal WPM Hukkelhoven
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:80
  5. Breastfeeding attitudes are known to influence infant feeding but little information exists on the prenatal breastfeeding attitudes of parents. The purpose of this study was to describe Finnish parents' prenat...

    Authors: Sari Laanterä, Tarja Pölkki, Anette Ekström and Anna-Maija Pietilä
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:79
  6. Rates of caesarean section are progressively increasing in many parts of the world. As a result of psychosocial factors there has been an increasing tendency for pregnant women without justifiable medical indi...

    Authors: Bing-shun Wang, Li-feng Zhou, David Coulter, Hong Liang, Ye Zhong, Yu-na Guo, Li-ping Zhu, Xiao-ling Gao, Wei Yuan and Er-sheng Gao
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:78
  7. The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) is the Dutch national referral centre for pregnancies complicated by haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) caused by maternal alloimmunization. Yearly, ...

    Authors: Esther P Verduin, Irene TM Lindenburg, Vivianne EHJ Smits-Wintjens, Jeanine MM van Klink, Henk Schonewille, Inge L van Kamp, Dick Oepkes, Frans J Walther, Humphrey HH Kanhai, Ilias IN Doxiadis, Enrico Lopriore and Anneke Brand
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:77
  8. Obese and overweight women may benefit from increased physical activity (PA) during pregnancy. There is limited published data describing objectively measured PA in such women.

    Authors: Catherine McParlin, Stephen C Robson, Peter WG Tennant, Hervé Besson, Judith Rankin, Ashley J Adamson, Mark S Pearce and Ruth Bell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:76
  9. Antenatal care provides an important opportunity to improve maternal understanding of care during and after pregnancy. Yet, studies suggest that communication is often insufficient. This research examined the ...

    Authors: Larissa Jennings, André Sourou Yebadokpo, Jean Affo and Marthe Agbogbe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:75
  10. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) remains high in most developing countries. Local, recent estimates of MMR are needed to motivate policymakers and evaluate interventions. But, estimating MMR, in the absence ...

    Authors: Siti Nurul Qomariyah, David Braunholtz, Endang L Achadi, Karen H Witten, Eko Setyo Pambudi, Trisari Anggondowati, Kamaluddin Latief and Wendy J Graham
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:74
  11. Migraine has been associated with sleep disorders in men and non-pregnant women, but little is known about sleep complaints among pregnant migraineurs.

    Authors: Michelle A Williams, Sheena K Aurora, Ihunnaya O Frederick, Chunfang Qiu, Bizu Gelaye and Swee May Cripe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:72
  12. Intrapartum fetal hypoxia remains an important cause of death and permanent handicap and in a significant proportion of cases there is evidence of suboptimal care related to fetal surveillance. Cardiotocograph...

    Authors: Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Austin Ugwumadu, Philip Banfield, Pauline Lynch, Pina Amin, David Horwell, Antonia Costa, Cristina Santos, João Bernardes and Karl Rosen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:71
  13. Studies consistently highlight in-patient postnatal care as the area of maternity care women are least satisfied with. As part of a quality improvement study to promote a continuum of care from the birthing ro...

    Authors: Sarah Beake, Val Rose, Debra Bick, Annette Weavers and Julie Wray
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:70
  14. Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) has an uncertain etiology, no method of treatment, and results in communication deficiencies and other behavioral problems. As the reported recurrence risk is 5%-10% and ...

    Authors: Miyako Kimura, Yoshihiko Yamazaki, Mieko Mochizuki and Tomoko Omiya
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:69
  15. There is a well recognized risk of complications for both women and infants of a twin pregnancy, increasing beyond 37 weeks gestation. Preterm birth prior to 37 weeks gestation is a recognized complication of ...

    Authors: Jodie M Dodd, Caroline A Crowther, Ross R Haslam and Jeffrey S Robinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:68
  16. Antenatal care is named as one of the four pillars initiatives of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. While many of routine antenatal care procedure have little effect on maternal mortality and morbidity, some of ...

    Authors: Abdel Aziem A Ali, Mohammed M Osman, Ameer O Abbaker and Ishag Adam
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:67
  17. Localized inflammation and increased expression of TLR4 receptors within the uterus has been implicated in the pathogenesis of preterm labor. It remains unclear whether intrauterine inflammatory responses acti...

    Authors: Edyta Pawelczyk, Bogdan J Nowicki, Michael G Izban, Siddharth Pratap, Nupur A Sashti, Maureen Sanderson and Stella Nowicki
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:66
  18. Investigating severe maternal morbidity (near-miss) is a newly recognised tool that identifies women at highest risk of maternal death and helps allocate resources especially in low income countries. This stud...

    Authors: Yara Almerie, Muhammad Q Almerie, Hosam E Matar, Yasser Shahrour, Ahmad Abo Al Chamat and Asmaa Abdulsalam
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:65
  19. Obstetric hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality globally. The Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) is a low-technology, first-aid compression device which, when added to standard hypovolemic...

    Authors: Suellen Miller, Mohamed MF Fathalla, Oladosu A Ojengbede, Carol Camlin, Mohammed Mourad-Youssif, Imran O Morhason-Bello, Hadiza Galadanci, David Nsima, Elizabeth Butrick, Tarek al Hussaini, Janet Turan, Carinne Meyer, Hilarie Martin and Aminu I Mohammed
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:64
  20. Preexisting diabetes mellitus is associated with increased risk for maternal and fetal adverse outcomes. Despite improvement in the access and quality of antenatal care recent population based studies demonstr...

    Authors: Hayfaa A Wahabi, Rasmeia A Alzeidan, Ghada A Bawazeer, Lubna A Alansari and Samia A Esmaeil
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:63
  21. The rising rates of primary caesarean section have resulted in a larger obstetric population with scarred uteri. Subsequent pregnancies in these women are risk-prone and may complicate. Besides ensuring standa...

    Authors: Sikolia Z Wanyonyi and Robinson N Karuga
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:62
  22. Antenatal, delivery and postnatal care services are amongst the recommended interventions aimed at preventing maternal and newborn deaths worldwide. West Java is one of the provinces of Java Island in Indonesi...

    Authors: Christiana R Titaley, Cynthia L Hunter, Peter Heywood and Michael J Dibley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:61
  23. Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome may have serious consequences for both mother and fetus. Women who have suffered from preeclampsia or the HELLP syndrome, have an increased risk of developing preeclampsia in a ...

    Authors: Denise HJ Delahaije, Sander MJ van Kuijk, Carmen D Dirksen, Simone JS Sep, Louis L Peeters, Marc E Spaanderman, Hein W Bruinse, Laura D de Wit-Zuurendonk, Joris AM van der Post, Johannes J Duvekot, Jim van Eyck, Mariëlle G van Pampus, Mark ABHM van der Hoeven and Luc J Smits
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:60
  24. There are many avoidable deaths in hospitals because the care team is not well attuned. Training in emergency situations is generally followed on an individual basis. In practice, however, hospital patients ar...

    Authors: Joost van de Ven, Saskia Houterman, Rob AJQ Steinweg, Albert JJA Scherpbier, Willy Wijers, Ben William J Mol and S Guid Oei
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:59
  25. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy contributes to about 12% of maternal deaths in Malaysia and similarly worldwide. Early detection and adequate management are preventable strategies. Biochemical markers of a...

    Authors: Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Vishna Devi Nadarajah, John Paul Judson, Sivalingam Nalliah and Mohd Farouk Abdullah
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:58
  26. Haemorrhage from obstetric causes is the most common cause of maternal mortality in the developing world. Prevention of mortality from haemorrhage will necessarily involve prompt blood transfusions among other...

    Authors: Oluwarotimi I Akinola, Adetokunbo O Fabamwo, Adetokunbo O Tayo, Kabiru A Rabiu, Yussuf A Oshodi and Chioma A Onyekwere
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:57
  27. The prevalence of obesity amongst women bearing children in Australia is rising and has important implications for obstetric care. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and impact of mothers being...

    Authors: Chaturica Athukorala, Alice R Rumbold, Kristyn J Willson and Caroline A Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:56
  28. Disturbances in glucose metabolism during pregnancy are associated with negative sequalae for both mother and infant. The association between smoking and abnormal glucose tolerance (AGT) remains controversial....

    Authors: Amy E Haskins, Elizabeth R Bertone-Johnson, Penelope Pekow, Elena Carbone, Renée T Fortner and Lisa Chasan-Taber
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:55
  29. Vaginal examination (VE) and assessment of the cervix is currently considered to be the gold standard for assessment of labour progress. It is however inherently imprecise with studies indicating an overall ac...

    Authors: Ashley Shepherd, Helen Cheyne, Susan Kennedy, Colette McIntosh, Maggie Styles and Catherine Niven
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:54
  30. Male partner attendance of skilled Antenatal Care (ANC) is beneficial to improving maternal outcomes. This study investigated the level, perceived benefits and factors associated with male partner attendance o...

    Authors: Raymond Tweheyo, Joseph Konde-Lule, Nazarius M Tumwesigye and Juliet N Sekandi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:53
  31. Cesarean section rates are increasing worldwide, and a rapid increase has been observed in Iran. Disagreement exists between clinicians about when to use cesarean section. We aimed to identify the appropriaten...

    Authors: Rahim Ostovar, Arash Rashidian, Abolghasem Pourreza, Batool Hossein Rashidi, Sedigheh Hantooshzadeh, Hassan Eftekhar Ardebili and Mahmood Mahmoudi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:52
  32. Long-term results after obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) are poor. We aimed to improve the long-term outcome after OASI by lessening symptoms of anal incontinence.

    Authors: Pelle G Lindqvist and Mats Jernetz
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:51
  33. BRAC is implementing a program to improve maternal and newborn health among the urban poor in the slums of Bangladesh (Mansohi), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Formative research has demonstrat...

    Authors: Tasnuva Wahed, Allisyn C Moran and Mohammad Iqbal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:50
  34. We have performed a full cross-validation of this clinical Femina data collection against the routinely collected data of the Medical Birth Registry of Norway to validate the estimates of reduced mortality in ...

    Authors: Julie Victoria Holm Tveit, Eli Saastad, Babill Stray-Pedersen, Per E Børdahl, Vicki Flenady, Ruth Fretts and J Frederik Frøen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:49

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  35. Interpretation of previous associations between water intake and adverse birth outcomes is challenging given that amount and type of water consumed can be non-specific markers of exposure or underlying behavio...

    Authors: J Michael Wright, Caroline S Hoffman and David A Savitz
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:48
  36. The caesarean section rate is increasing globally, especially in high income countries. The reasons for this continue to create wide debate. There is good epidemiological evidence on the maternal morbidity ass...

    Authors: Michelle A Kealy, Rhonda E Small and Pranee Liamputtong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:47
  37. Micrognathia is a facial malformation characterized by mandibular hypoplasia and a small, receding chin that fails to maintain the tongue in a forward position. We previously reported a system of prenatal scre...

    Authors: Seiichi Morokuma, Ai Anami, Kiyomi Tsukimori, Kotaro Fukushima and Norio Wake
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:46
  38. There is a scarcity of reliable data on perinatal mortality (PNM) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The PROMISE-EBF trial, during which we promoted exclusive breastfeeding, gave us the opportunity to describe the epidemi...

    Authors: Abdoulaye Hama Diallo, Nicolas Meda, Emmanuel Zabsonré, Halvor Sommerfelt, Simon Cousens and Thorkild Tylleskär
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:45
  39. Greater epidemiologic understanding of the relationships among fetal-infant mortality and its prognostic factors, including birthweight, could have vast public health implications. A key step toward that under...

    Authors: Richard Charnigo, Lorie W Chesnut, Tony LoBianco and Russell S Kirby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:44
  40. Trained birth attendants at delivery are important for preventing both maternal and newborn deaths. West Java is one of the provinces on Java Island, Indonesia, where many women still deliver at home and witho...

    Authors: Christiana R Titaley, Cynthia L Hunter, Michael J Dibley and Peter Heywood
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:43
  41. Many perinatal interventions are performed to improve long-term neonatal outcome. To evaluate the long-term effect of a perinatal intervention follow-up of the child after discharge from the hospital is necess...

    Authors: Margreet J Teune, Aleid G van Wassenaer, Ben Willem J Mol and Brent C Opmeer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:42
  42. Research into the effects of common activities during pregnancy is sparse and often contradictory. To examine whether common activities are an acute trigger of pregnancy complications the prevalence of these a...

    Authors: Samantha J Lain, Jane B Ford, Ruth M Hadfield and Christine L Roberts
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:41
  43. A low female-to-male ratio has been observed in different Asian countries, but this phenomenon has not been well studied among immigrants living in Western societies. In this study, we investigated whether a l...

    Authors: Narpinder Singh, Are Hugo Pripp, Torkel Brekke and Babill Stray-Pedersen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:40
  44. Annual prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is 12.5% among Finnish pregnant women. The prevalence is expected to rise with the increasing overweight among women before pregnancy. Physical activity...

    Authors: Riitta M Luoto, Tarja I Kinnunen, Minna Aittasalo, Katriina Ojala, Kirsi Mansikkamäki, Erja Toropainen, Päivi Kolu and Tommi Vasankari
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:39
  45. Around 86% of births in Mumbai, India, occur in healthcare institutions, but this aggregate figure hides substantial variation and little is known about urban home births. We aimed to explore factors influenci...

    Authors: Sushmita Das, Ujwala Bapat, Neena Shah More, Latika Chordhekar, Wasundhara Joshi and David Osrin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:38
  46. Greater epidemiologic understanding of the relationships among fetal-infant mortality and its prognostic factors, including birthweight, could have vast public health implications. A key step toward that under...

    Authors: Richard Charnigo, Lorie W Chesnut, Tony LoBianco and Russell S Kirby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:37
  47. Higher risks of preterm birth and small for gestational age babies have been reported in teenagers. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between first and second teenage pregnancies and pr...

    Authors: Ali S Khashan, Philip N Baker and Louise C Kenny
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:36
  48. The high rate of antenatal care attendance in sub-Saharan Africa, should facilitate provision of information on signs of potential pregnancy complications. The aim of this study was to assess quality of antena...

    Authors: Andrea B Pembe, Anders Carlstedt, David P Urassa, Gunilla Lindmark, Lennarth Nyström and Elisabeth Darj
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:35
  49. Antenatal care (ANC) has been recognised as a way to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies. However, only 29% of pregnant women receive the recommended four antenatal visits in Nepal but ...

    Authors: Bibha Simkhada, Maureen A Porter and Edwin R van Teijlingen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:34

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