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  1. Study protocol

    Study protocol for a comparative effectiveness trial of two models of perinatal integrated psychosocial assessment: the PIPA project

    Studies examining psychosocial and depression assessment programs in maternity settings have not adequately considered the context in which psychosocial assessment occurs or how broader components of integrate...

    Nicole Reilly, Emma Black, Georgina M. Chambers, Virginia Schmied, Stephen Matthey, Josephine Farrell, Dawn Kingston, Andrew Bisits and Marie-Paule Austin

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:236

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  2. Research article

    The prevalence and risk factors of preterm small-for-gestational-age infants: a population-based retrospective cohort study in rural Chinese population

    Preterm birth and small for gestational age (SGA) are strong indicators of neonatal adverse outcomes. With the growing importance of preterm SGA infants, we aim to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors for ...

    Shi Chen, Rong Zhu, Huijuan Zhu, Hongbo Yang, Fengying Gong, Linjie Wang, Yu Jiang, Bill Q. Lian, Chengsheng Yan, Jianqiang Li, Qing Wang, Shi-kun Zhang and Hui Pan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:237

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  3. Research article

    ‘To be able to support her, I must feel calm and safe’: pregnant women’s partners perceptions of professional support during pregnancy

    Professional support does not always meet the needs of expectant fathers or co-mothers. The way in which professional support is offered during pregnancy varies internationally, depending on the country. In or...

    Caroline Bäckström, Stina Thorstensson, Lena B. Mårtensson, Rebecca Grimming, Yrsa Nyblin and Marie Golsäter

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:234

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  4. Research article

    The role of vitamin D in pre-eclampsia: a systematic review

    The etiology of pre-eclampsia (PE) is not yet fully understood, though current literature indicates an upregulation of inflammatory mediators produced by the placenta as a potential causal mechanism. Vitamin D...

    Juhi M. Purswani, Pooja Gala, Pratibha Dwarkanath, Heather M. Larkin, Anura Kurpad and Saurabh Mehta

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:231

    Published on: 15 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Patterns and predictors of analgesic use in pregnancy: a longitudinal drug utilization study with special focus on women with migraine

    Few studies have investigated the drug utilization patterns and factors predicting drug use in pregnant women with migraine. This longitudinal drug utilization study aimed to describe patterns of analgesic use...

    Gerd-Marie Eskerud Harris, Mollie Wood, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Christofer Lundqvist and Hedvig Nordeng

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:224

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Identification of barriers and facilitators for optimal cesarean section care: perspective of professionals

    The cesarean section (CS) rate has increased over recent decades with poor guideline adherence as a possible cause. The objective of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators for delivering optimal c...

    Sonja Melman, Rachel Hellen Petra Schreurs, Carmen Desiree Dirksen, Anneke Kwee, Jan Gerrit Nijhuis, Nicol Anna Cornelia Smeets, Hubertina Catharina Johanna Scheepers and Rosella Petronella Maria Gemma Hermens

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:230

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Home delivery among antenatal care booked women in their last pregnancy and associated factors: community-based cross sectional study in Debremarkos town, North West Ethiopia, January 2016

    In Ethiopia, nearly half of the mothers who were booked for antenatal care, who supposed to have institutional delivery, gave home delivery nationally. Home delivery accounts majority while few of childbirth w...

    Habtamu Kebebe Kasaye, Zerfu Mulaw Endale, Temesgen Worku Gudayu and Melese Siyoum Desta

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:225

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Satisfaction with caregivers during labour among low risk women in the Netherlands: the association with planned place of birth and transfer of care during labour

    The caregiver has an important influence on women’s birth experiences. When transfer of care during labour is necessary, care is handed over from one caregiver to the other, and this might influence satisfacti...

    Caroline C. Geerts, Jeroen van Dillen, Trudy Klomp, Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen and Ank de Jonge

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:229

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus based on various screening strategies in western Kenya: a prospective comparison of point of care diagnostic methods

    Early diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is crucial to prevent short term delivery risks and long term effects such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in the mother and infant. Diagnosing G...

    Sonak D. Pastakia, Benson Njuguna, Beryl Ajwang’ Onyango, Sierra Washington, Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, Wycliffe K Kosgei and Ponnusamy Saravanan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:226

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Correlates of facility delivery for rural HIV-positive pregnant women enrolled in the MoMent Nigeria prospective cohort study

    Low rates of maternal healthcare service utilization, including facility delivery, may impede progress in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and in reducing maternal and infant morta...

    Nadia A. Sam-Agudu, Christopher Isah, Chinenye Fan-Osuala, Salome Erekaha, Habib O. Ramadhani, Udochisom Anaba, Olusegun A. Adeyemi, Grace Manji-Obadiah, Daniel Lee, Llewellyn J. Cornelius and Manhattan Charurat

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:227

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Improving health literacy through group antenatal care: a prospective cohort study

    To examine whether exposure to group antenatal care increased women’s health literacy by improving their ability to interpret and utilize health messages compared to women who received standard, individual ant...

    Jody R. Lori, Henrietta Ofosu-Darkwah, Carol J. Boyd, Tanima Banerjee and Richard M. K. Adanu

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:228

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  12. Study protocol

    Low dose aspirin in the prevention of recurrent spontaneous preterm labour – the APRIL study: a multicenter randomized placebo controlled trial

    Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of gestation) is a major problem in obstetrics and affects an estimated 15 million pregnancies worldwide annually. A history of previous preterm birth is the strongest risk...

    Laura Visser, Marjon A. de Boer, Christianne J. M. de Groot, Tobias A. J. Nijman, Marieke A. C. Hemels, Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp, Judith E. Bosmans, Marjolein Kok, Judith O. van Laar, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina Scheepers, Joris van Drongelen, Maureen T. M. Franssen, J. Marko Sikkema, Hans J. J. Duvekot, Mireille N. Bekker…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:223

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Mother’s education and the risk of several neonatal outcomes: an evidence from an Italian population-based study

    Maternal socioeconomic disparities strongly affect child health, particularly in low and middle income countries. We assessed whether neonatal outcomes varied by maternal education in a setting where healthcar...

    Anna Cantarutti, Matteo Franchi, Matteo Monzio Compagnoni, Luca Merlino and Giovanni Corrao

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:221

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Cost-effectiveness of an ambulance-based referral system for emergency obstetrical and neonatal care in rural Ethiopia

    To estimate the cost-effectiveness of an ambulance-based referral system an dedicated to emergency obstetrics and neonatal care (EmONC) in remote sub-Saharan settings.

    Sandro Accorsi, Edgardo Somigliana, Hagos Solomon, Tsegaye Ademe, Jofrey Woldegebriel, Biadgo Almaz, Mohammed Zemedu, Fabio Manenti, Akalu Tibebe, Pasquale Farese, Aberra Seifu, Serena Menozzi and Giovanni Putoto

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:220

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Lower mortality is observed among low birth weight young infants who have received home-based care by female community health volunteers in rural Nepal

    There has been little success in attempts to reduce the proportion of births with low birth weight (LBW). However, deaths associated with LBW may be prevented with extra attention to warmth, feeding, and preve...

    Dinesh Neupane, Penny Dawson, Robin Houston, Liladhar Dhakal, Jaganath Sharma, KC Gargi, Christina Lagos, Vishnu Khanal, Shiva Raj Mishra and Per Kallestrup

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:218

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  16. Research article

    The third delay: understanding waiting time for obstetric referrals at a large regional hospital in Ghana

    Delay in receiving care significantly contributes to maternal morbidity and mortality. Much has been studied about reducing delays prior to arrival to referral facilities, but the delays incurred upon arrival ...

    David M. Goodman, Emmanuel K. Srofenyoh, Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, Sung Min Kim and Medge D. Owen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:216

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  17. Study protocol

    A multi-centre, non-inferiority, randomised controlled trial to compare a cervical pessary with a cervical cerclage in the prevention of preterm delivery in women with short cervical length and a history of preterm birth – PC study

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important contributor of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in well- and low-resource countries. Cervical pessary and cervical cerclage are both consid...

    Bouchra Koullali, Liselotte E.M. van Kempen, Maud D. van Zijl, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Maureen T.M. Franssen, Sebastiaan W.A. Nij Bijvank, Marieke Sueters, Marchien van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Angelo B. Hooker, Brenda B.J. Hermsen, Toon A.A.M. Toolenaar, Joost J. Zwart, David P. van der Ham…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:215

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  18. Research article

    Defining and describing birth centres in the Netherlands - a component study of the Dutch Birth Centre Study

    During the last decade, a rapid increase of birth locations for low-risk births, other than conventional obstetric units, has been seen in the Netherlands. Internationally some of such locations are called bir...

    M.A.A. Hermus, I.C. Boesveld, M. Hitzert, A. Franx, J.P. de Graaf, E.A.P. Steegers, T.A. Wiegers and K.M. van der Pal-de Bruin

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:210

    Published on: 3 July 2017

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