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  1. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to investigate predictors of uterine rupture in a large sample of sub-Saharan African women. Uterine rupture is rare in high-income countries, but it is more common in low-income ...

    Authors: Rebecca Delafield, Catherine M. Pirkle and Alexandre Dumont

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:432

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    With persisting maternal and infant health disparities, new models of maternity care are needed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. To date, there is limited evidenc...

    Authors: Sophie Hickey, Yvette Roe, Yu Gao, Carmel Nelson, Adrian Carson, Jody Currie, Maree Reynolds, Kay Wilson, Sue Kruske, Renee Blackman, Megan Passey, Anton Clifford, Sally Tracy, Roianne West, Daniel Williamson, Machellee Kosiak…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:431

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    Ensuring high quality and equitable maternity services is important to promote positive pregnancy outcomes. Despite a universal health care system, previous research shows neighborhood-level inequities in util...

    Authors: Maureen I. Heaman, Patricia J. Martens, Marni D. Brownell, Mariette J. Chartier, Kellie R. Thiessen, Shelley A. Derksen and Michael E. Helewa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:430

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Anemia is defined as a low blood hemoglobin concentration (< 11 mg/dl). It is a global public health problem especially in pregnant women and is associated with higher risk for both maternal and perinatal mort...

    Authors: Teklit Grum, Ermyas Brhane, Solomon Hintsa and Gizienesh Kahsay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:433

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Meconium stained amniotic fluid is one of the risk factors to increase the rate of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in developed and developing countries. Due to a multitude of factors associated with so...

    Authors: Dagne Addisu, Azezu Asres, Getnet Gedefaw and Simegnew Asmer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:429

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum Hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal mortality. To prevent PPH, Misoprostol tablet in a dose of 600 micrograms is recommended for use immediately after childbirth in home deliveries wher...

    Authors: Rakesh Parashar, Anadi Gupt, Devina Bajpayee, Anil Gupta, Rohan Thakur, Ankur Sangwan, Anuradha Sharma, Deshraj Sharma, Sachin Gupta, Dinesh Baswal, Gunjan Taneja and Rajeev Gera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:428

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  7. Content type: Research article

    There has been little evaluation of the postpartum quality of life (QOL) of women in India and its association with the mode of birth. This study piloted the use of the generic EQ-5D-5L questionnaire to assess...

    Authors: Stefan Kohler, Kristi Sidney Annerstedt, Vishal Diwan, Lars Lindholm, Bharat Randive, Kranti Vora and Ayesha De Costa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:427

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is strongly associated with significant adverse maternal and perinatal health outcomes that have lifelong consequences. Treatment for women with GDM aims to normalise matern...

    Authors: Caroline A. Crowther, Jane M. Alsweiler, Ruth Hughes and Julie Brown

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:425

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The maternal 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25OHD) insufficiency is related to adverse maternal and neonatal outcome. The 25OHD content of breast milk is dependent on 25OHD status of the mothers. We undertook this stud...

    Authors: Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Aslam Asadi, Imran Iqbal and Nadir Bashir

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:426

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The reference intervals for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in pregnant Mexican women without diabetes are not well defined. The study aims to determine the reference intervals for HbA1c at each trimester in healthy Me...

    Authors: Cristina M. Sánchez-González, Alfredo Castillo-Mora, Itzel N. Alvarado-Maldonado, Carlos Ortega-González, Nayeli Martínez-Cruz, Lidia Arce-Sánchez, Mabel Ramos-Valencia, Anayansi Molina-Hernández, Guadalupe Estrada-Gutierrez, Salvador Espino Y. Sosa, Yesenia Recio-López, Ruth Hernández-Sánchez and Enrique Reyes-Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:424

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Understanding and tackling perinatal health inequities in industrialized countries requires analysing the socioeconomic determinants of adverse pregnancy outcomes among immigrant populations. Studies show that...

    Authors: Mouctar Sow, Judith Racape, Claudia Schoenborn and Myriam De Spiegelaere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:422

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Globally, an estimated 275,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million neonatal deaths, and 2.6 million third trimester stillbirths occurred in 2015. Major improvements could be achieved by providing effective care in lo...

    Authors: Melissa C. Morgan, Jessica Dyer, Aranzazu Abril, Amelia Christmas, Tanmay Mahapatra, Aritra Das and Dilys M. Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:420

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Although exempt, many pregnant Muslim women partake in the daily fast during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan. In other contexts an impoverished diet during pregnancy impacts on birth weight. The aim...

    Authors: Jocelyn D. Glazier, Dexter J. L. Hayes, Sabiha Hussain, Stephen W. D’Souza, Joanne Whitcombe, Alexander E. P. Heazell and Nick Ashton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:421

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence in preventing HIV mother-to-child transmission in association with virological suppression and risk factors of low adherence in the Cameroon’s Option B+ programme are poo...

    Authors: Pascal N. Atanga, Harrison T. Ndetan, Peter N. Fon, Henry D. Meriki, Tih P. Muffih, Eric A. Achidi, Michael Hoelscher and Arne Kroidl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:418

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the role of the TGCS to reduce the caesarean section (CS) rate among nulliparas (Robson groups 1 and 2) and to find out which group of women have reduced the CS rate by using this tool.

    Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Meile Minkauskiene, Tahir Mahmood, Egle Bartuseviciene, Dalia R. Railaite, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Ruta J. Nadisauskiene, Kastytis Smigelskas, Kornelija Maciuliene, Grazina Drasutiene and Diana Ramasauskaite

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:419

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Interventions can be lifesaving when properly implemented but can also put the lives of both mother and child at risk by disrupting normal physiological childbirth when used indiscriminately without indication...

    Authors: Kıymet Yeşilçiçek Çalik, Özlem Karabulutlu and Canan Yavuz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:415

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Despite large numbers of asylum seekers, there is a lack of evidence on pregnancy outcomes and obstetric care of asylum seeking women in Germany.

    Authors: Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Louise Biddle, Stella Preussler, Andreas Mueller and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:417

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Influenza and pertussis vaccines have been recommended in Australia for women during each pregnancy since 2010 and 2015, respectively. Estimating vaccination coverage and identifying factors affecting uptake a...

    Authors: Donna B. Mak, Annette K. Regan, Dieu T. Vo and Paul V. Effler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:416

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In The Gambia, a woman faces 1 in 24-lifetime risk of maternal death due to pregnancy and childbirth, yet, only 57% of deliveries are conducted by skilled birth attendants. However, poor provider attitude has ...

    Authors: Saffie Colley, Chien-Huei Kao, Meeiling Gau and Su-Fen Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:413

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum Psychosis is a severe mental health condition following childbirth, with a psychosis and associated mood disturbance. Research to date has primarily focused on mothers’ experiences, and on identifyi...

    Authors: Nia Holford, Sue Channon, Jessica Heron and Ian Jones

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:414

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health issue. More than half of pregnant women are affected by vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. Studies suggest an association between low vitamin D concentrations du...

    Authors: Milene Saori Kassai, Fernanda Ramirez Cafeo, Fernando Alves Affonso-Kaufman, Fabíola Isabel Suano-Souza and Roseli Oselka Saccardo Sarni

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:412

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to assess whether a more context-specific modified version of WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (mSCC) would result in improved adoption rate.

    Authors: Hemantha M. Senanayake, Malitha Patabendige and Rathigashini Ramachandran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:411

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There have been few studies about the basis on which women in developing regions evaluate and choose traditional rather than western maternal care. This qualitative study explores the socio-cultural perception...

    Authors: Roselyter Monchari Riang’a, Anne Kisaka Nangulu and Jacqueline E. W. Broerse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:408

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for foetal aneuploidies is currently changing the field of prenatal screening in many countries. As it is non-invasive, safe and accurate, this techniqu...

    Authors: A. Kater-Kuipers, E. M. Bunnik, I. D. de Beaufort and R. J. H. Galjaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:409

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) causes a significant number of stillbirths. Despite this, there is little documented information on the association between stillbirth and pregnant women’s GBS recto vaginal colonizati...

    Authors: Tesfaye Assebe Yadeta, Alemayehu Worku, Gudina Egata, Berhanu Seyoum, Dadi Marami and Yemane Berhane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:410

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Although vaginal repair has been conducted to manage caesarean scar diverticula, most studies evaluated only the gynaecological outcomes post-surgery, and their obstetrical outcomes were unknown. This study ai...

    Authors: Xingchen Zhou, Xiaoqian Yang, Huihui Chen, Xuhong Fang and Xipeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:407

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that daily supplementation of 1500 to 2000 mg of calcium during pregnancy reduces pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). However, the evidence on the efficacy of low-dose calcium supplementati...

    Authors: Fouzia Khanam, Belal Hossain, Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Dipak K. Mitra, Wameq Azfar Raza, Mahfuza Rifat, Kaosar Afsana and Mahfuzar Rahman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:406

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, caesarean section rates continue to evoke worldwide concern because of their steady increase, lack of consensus on the appropriate caesarean section rate and the associated short- and long-ter...

    Authors: Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Alberta Amu, David Etsey Akpakli, John Williams and Margaret Gyapong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:405

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Evidence relating maternal history of abuse before pregnancy with pregnancy outcomes is controversial. This study aims to examine the association between maternal histories of abuse before pregnancy and the ri...

    Authors: Maryam Nesari, Joanne K Olson, Ben Vandermeer, Linda Slater and David M Olson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:404

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  30. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that his name was misspelled. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Natnael Etsay Assefa, Hailemariam Berhe, Fiseha Girma, Kidanemariam Berhe, Yodit Zewdie Berhe, Gdiom Gebreheat, Weldu Mamu Werid, Almaz Berhe, Hagos B Rufae and Guesh Welu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:403

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:386

  31. Content type: Research article

    Poor diabetes management prior to conception, results in increased rates of fetal malformations and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. We describe the development of an integrated, pre-pregnancy management stra...

    Authors: Maryam Sina, Freya MacMillan, Tinashe Dune, Navodya Balasuriya, Nouran Khouri, Ngan Nguyen, Vasyngpong Jongvisal, Xiang Hui Lay and David Simmons

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:402

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  32. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the associations of maternal variables – sociodemographic, obstetrical and maternal near miss (MNM) variables – with neonatal near miss (NNM) using the new concept of NNM formulated by the Centr...

    Authors: Telmo Henrique Barbosa de Lima, Leila Katz, Samir Buainain Kassar and Melania Maria Amorim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:401

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality is an important health indicator for the overall health of a population. This study assessed the causes and contributing factors to maternal mortality that occurred in the Gaza-Strip between...

    Authors: Bettina Bӧttcher, Nasser Abu-El-Noor, Belal Aldabbour, Fadel Naim Naim and Yousef Aljeesh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:396

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The view that 2 l of crystalloid and 1.5 l of colloid can be infused while awaiting compatible blood for patients with major postpartum haemorrhage is based on expert opinion documents. We describe real-world ...

    Authors: Ada Gillissen, Thomas van den Akker, Camila Caram-Deelder, Dacia D C A Henriquez, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Jos J M van Roosmalen, Jeroen Eikenboom and Johanna G van der Bom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:398

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Evidence has shown that there are several physical and mental advantages of exercise during pregnancy. Despite this, the recommendations for exercise during pregnancy are poorly fulfilled. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Maria Ekelin, Mette Langeland Iversen, Mette Grønbæk Backhausen and Hanne Kristine Hegaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:399

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The symptoms of anemia and depression are very similar suggesting that there may be an association between the two entities. The aim of this study is to assess whether postpartum anemia (PPA) is an independent...

    Authors: Nirmala Chandrasekaran, Leanne R De Souza, Marcelo L Urquia, Beverley Young, Anne Mcleod, Rory Windrim and Howard Berger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:400

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  37. Content type: Research article

    For over 25 years cord blood has been used as an alternative to bone marrow for therapeutic use in conditions of the blood, immune system and metabolic disorders. Parents can decide if they would like to priva...

    Authors: Lisa Peberdy, Jeanine Young, Debbie Louise Massey and Lauren Kearney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:395

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Self-reliance (the need to rely on one’s own efforts and abilities) is cited as a potential coping strategy for decreased or absent social support during pregnancy. Little data exists on how women view self-re...

    Authors: Blair C. McNamara, Abigail Cutler, Lisbet Lundsberg, Holly Powell Kennedy and Aileen Gariepy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:393

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Despite the significant benefits of early detection and management of pregnancy related complications during antenatal care (ANC) visits, not all pregnant women in Tanzania initiate ANC in a timely manner. The...

    Authors: Eveline Thobias Konje, Moke Tito Nyambita Magoma, Jennifer Hatfield, Susan Kuhn, Reginald S. Sauve and Deborah Margret Dewey

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:394

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Utilization of institutional delivery services could be hampered by women’s experience of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth. However, such experiences are not well documented and taken into cons...

    Authors: Mengistu Welday Gebremichael, Alemayehu Worku, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Kerstin Edin and Yemane Berhane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:392

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), nomads account for 30 to 60 million people. Their mobility, due to a constant search for pastures and water points, makes health services less accessible to them. Few nomadic women...

    Authors: M.A. Ag Ahmed, L. Hamelin-Brabant and M.P. Gagnon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:388

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The main intervention under ReMiND program consisted of a mobile health application which was used by community health volunteers, called ASHAs, for counselling pregnant women and nursing mothers. This program...

    Authors: Shankar Prinja, Aditi Gupta, Pankaj Bahuguna and Ruby Nimesh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:390

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Childbirth fear is a health concern in women living in high-income countries; however, little is known about childbirth fear among women living in low-income countries like Malawi. In this study, we explored c...

    Authors: Madalitso Khwepeya, Gabrielle T Lee, Su-Ru Chen and Shu-Yu Kuo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:391

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii ranges widely in different areas of the world and different populations. Although toxoplasmosis is typically benign and asymptomatic, it induces major complications in immu...

    Authors: Jacek Smereka, Lukasz Szarpak, Kurt Ruetzler, Yehoshua Schacham, Adam Smereka, Marek Dabrowski, Marzena Terpilowska, Lukasz Terpilowski and Ishag Adam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:389

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    About one-third of women report their childbirth as traumatic and up to 10% have severe traumatic stress responses to birth. The prevalence of Posttraumatic stress disorder following childbirth (PTSD FC) is es...

    Authors: Josefin Sjömark, Thomas Parling, Maria Jonsson, Margareta Larsson and Agneta Skoog Svanberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:387

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The reported positive association between opiatic drug use during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes might be confounded by other factors related to high-risk behaviors, including the use of other harmfu...

    Authors: Siavash Maghsoudlou, Sven Cnattingius, Scott Montgomery, Mohsen Aarabi, Shahriar Semnani, Anna-Karin Wikström and Shahram Bahmanyar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:358

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  47. Content type: Research article

    In India, the neonatal mortality rate is nearly double the Sustainable Development Goal target with more than half of neonatal deaths occurring in only four states, one of which is Bihar. Evaluations of immedi...

    Authors: Brennan Vail, Melissa C. Morgan, Jessica Dyer, Amelia Christmas, Susanna R. Cohen, Megha Joshi, Aboli Gore, Tanmay Mahapatra and Dilys M. Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:385

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  48. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of premature rupture of membranes ranges from about 5% to 10% of all deliveries. A woman with premature rupture of membranes is at risk of intra-amniotic infection, postpartum infection, endometr...

    Authors: Natnael Etsay Assefa, Hailemariam Berhe, Fiseha Girma, Kidanemariam Berhe, Yodit Zewdie Berhe, Gdiom Gebreheat, Weldu Mamu Werid, Almaz Berhe, Hagos B Rufae and Guesh Welu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:386

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:403