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  1. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women can misinform or withhold their reproductive and medical information from providers when they interact with them during care decision-making interactions, although, the information clients revea...

    Authors: Linda L. Yevoo, Irene A. Agyepong, Trudie Gerrits and Han van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:274

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    Few studies have explored the association between a previous caesarean section (CS) and adverse perinatal outcomes in a subsequent pregnancy, especially in women who underwent a non-indicated CS in their first...

    Authors: Hong-Tao Hu, Jing-Jing Xu, Jing Lin, Cheng Li, Yan-Ting Wu, Jian-Zhong Sheng, Xin-Mei Liu and He-Feng Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:273

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    While barriers to uptake of antenatal care (ANC) among pregnant women have been explored, much less is known about how integrating prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes within ANC servi...

    Authors: Euphemia L. Sibanda, Sarah Bernays, Ian V. D. Weller, James G. Hakim and Frances M. Cowan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:271

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  4. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of recent prospective data on the incidence of postpartum infections and associated risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa. Retrospective studies estimate that puerperal sepsis causes approximat...

    Authors: Joseph Ngonzi, Lisa M. Bebell, Yarine Fajardo, Adeline A. Boatin, Mark J. Siedner, Ingrid V. Bassett, Yves Jacquemyn, Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden, Jerome Kabakyenga, Blair J. Wylie, David R. Bangsberg and Laura E. Riley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:270

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Single nucleotide polymorphism of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) receptor (FSHR) is an important marker of ovarian function. However, its role in female fecundity remains debatable. The aim of the stud...

    Authors: Birute Zilaitiene, Marius Dirzauskas, Rasa Verkauskiene, Rytas Ostrauskas, Joerg Gromoll and Eberhard Nieschlag

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:272

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Early postnatal period is characterized by dramatic adaptation changes of cardiovascular and respiratory systems in newborns. There is still insufficient data regarding maturation of autonomic regulatory mecha...

    Authors: Marek Kozar, Ingrid Tonhajzerova, Michal Mestanik, Katarina Matasova, Mirko Zibolen, Andrea Calkovska and Kamil Javorka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:264

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health published its National Strategic Framework for the Elimination of Obstetric Fistula (NSFEOF), 2011–2015. The framework has since lapsed and there is no tangible ev...

    Authors: Oluwakemi C. Amodu, Bukola O. Salami and Magdalena S. Richter

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:269

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behavior is associated with adverse health outcomes in the general population. Whether sedentary behavior during pregnancy is associated with newborn outcomes, such as birth size, is not established,...

    Authors: Sylvia E. Badon, Alyson J. Littman, K. C. Gary Chan, Michelle A. Williams and Daniel A. Enquobahrie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:267

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Maternal and perinatal mortality in Mozambique were declining at a slow pace, despite progress in coverage of institutional childbirth. Implementation of quality emergency obstetric care including vacuum extra...

    Authors: D. Geelhoed, V. de Deus, M. Sitoe, O. Matsinhe, M. I. Lampião Cardoso, C. V. Manjate, P. I. Pinto Matsena and C. Mosse Lazaro

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:266

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP) is considered to be associated with favorable fetal outcomes, such as a decreased risk for spontaneous abortion. However, the relationship between NVP and preterm bir...

    Authors: Naomi Mitsuda, Masamitsu Eitoku, Keiko Yamasaki, Masahiko Sakaguchi, Kahoko Yasumitsu-Lovell, Nagamasa Maeda, Mikiya Fujieda and Narufumi Suganuma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:268

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality and morbidity remain unacceptably high in developing countries. Behind every maternal death, many other women suffered from acute and chronic obstetric complications. Women who survive sever...

    Authors: Abebaw Wasie Kasahun and Wako Golicha Wako

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:260

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Hemoglobin (Hb) measurement is a standard test among pregnant women during the first perinatal visit that is used to evaluate physical status and anemia. However, studies focusing on Hb levels and pregnancy ou...

    Authors: Chen Wang, Li Lin, Rina Su, Weiwei Zhu, Yumei Wei, Jie Yan, Hui Feng, Boya Li, Shuang Li and Huixia Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:263

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  13. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to establish consensus on the expression and distinction of disordered eating in pregnancy to improve awareness across various health professions and inform the development of a pregnancy-spec...

    Authors: Amy Jean Bannatyne, Roger Hughes, Peta Stapleton, Bruce Watt and Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:262

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Investigators have hypothesized that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may modulate the immune response. However, available evidence is conflicting. We performed this study to investigate the effect of prenat...

    Authors: Ellen L. Mozurkewich, Deborah R. Berman, Anjel Vahratian, Chelsea M. Clinton, Vivian C. Romero, Julie L. Chilimigras, Delia Vazquez, Clifford Qualls and Zora Djuric

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:261

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  15. Content type: Debate

    In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)” (EPMM Strategies), a direction-setting report outlining global targets and strate...

    Authors: R. Rima Jolivet, Allisyn C. Moran, Meaghan O’Connor, Doris Chou, Neelam Bhardwaj, Holly Newby, Jennifer Requejo, Marta Schaaf, Lale Say and Ana Langer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:258

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Maternal iodine deficiency (ID) during pregnancy has been recognized as a major cause of abortion, stillbirth, congenital abnormalities, perinatal mortality and irreversible mental retardation. In Ethiopia lim...

    Authors: Mengistu Fereja, Samson Gebremedhin, Tafere Gebreegziabher, Meron Girma and Barbara J. Stoecker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:257

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  17. Content type: Debate

    Morbidity associated with iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy is increased in the presence of sickle cell anaemia. Iron supplementation in pregnant sicklers in a bid to resolve iron deficiency anaemia is reco...

    Authors: Desmond Aroke, Diego Nitcheu Tchouakam, Benjamin Momo Kadia and Simeon Pierre Choukem

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:256

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Both gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as well as overweight/obesity during pregnancy are risk factors for detrimental anthropometric and hormonal neonatal outcomes, identified to ‘program’ adverse health pr...

    Authors: Raffael Ott, Jens H. Stupin, Andrea Loui, Elisabeth Eilers, Kerstin Melchior, Rebecca C. Rancourt, Karen Schellong, Thomas Ziska, Joachim W. Dudenhausen, Wolfgang Henrich and Andreas Plagemann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:250

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women are at increased susceptibility to vitamin D deficiency. Hence, there is continuing interest in determining how vitamin D influences pregnancy health. We aimed to compare vitamin D status in two...

    Authors: Rebecca L. Wilson, Alison J. Leviton, Shalem Y. Leemaqz, Paul H. Anderson, Jessica A. Grieger, Luke E. Grzeskowiak, Petra E. Verburg, Lesley McCowan, Gustaaf A. Dekker, Tina Bianco-Miotto and Claire T. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:251

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Latina women are at increased risk for antenatal depressive disorders, which are common during pregnancy and are associated with elevated risk for poor maternal health and birth outcomes. Physical activity is ...

    Authors: Kathleen Szegda, Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson, Penelope Pekow, Sally Powers, Glenn Markenson, Nancy Dole and Lisa Chasan-Taber

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:252

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In Haiti, the number of women dying in pregnancy, during childbirth and the weeks after giving birth remains unacceptably high. The objective of this research was to explore determinants of maternal mortality ...

    Authors: Tonya MacDonald, Suzanne Jackson, Marie-Carmèle Charles, Marius Periel, Marie-Véna Jean-Baptiste, Alex Salomon and Éveillard Premilus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:254

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Investigating cases of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) and severe maternal outcome (SMO) and the quality of maternal health care using near-miss approach has become popular over recent years. The aim of this s...

    Authors: Wondimagegnehu Sisay Woldeyes, Dejene Asefa and Geremew Muleta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:255

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There is limited research examining midwives' education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour or birth. Our aim was to address this gap in evidence and build knowledge around this import...

    Authors: Lucy Lewis, Yvonne L. Hauck, Janice Butt, Chloe Western, Helen Overing, Corrinne Poletti, Jessica Priest, Dawn Hudd and Brooke Thomson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:249

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In rural Tanzania access to emergency obstetric and newborn care is threatened by poor roads and understaffed facilities among other challenges. Districts in Kigoma, Pwani and Morogoro regions were targeted by...

    Authors: Sunday Dominico, Patricia E. Bailey, Nguke Mwakatundu, Mkambu Kasanga and Jos van Roosmalen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:248

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In the past fifteen years, Afghanistan has made substantial progress in extending primary health care. However, coverage of essential health interventions proven to improve maternal and neonatal health outcome...

    Authors: Ariel Higgins-Steele, Jane Burke, Abo Ismael Foshanji, Farhad Farewar, Malalai Naziri, Sediq Seddiqi and Karen M. Edmond

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:246

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In response to rising rates of medical intervention in birth, there has been increased international interest in promoting normal birth (without induction of labour, epidural/spinal/general anaesthesia, episio...

    Authors: Samantha J. Prosser, Adrian G. Barnett and Yvette D. Miller

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:241

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published guidance on gestational weight gain (GWG) modified by maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). Estimates indicate that less than half of US pregnant wome...

    Authors: Michael L. Power, Melisa L. Lott, A. Dhanya Mackeen, Jessica DiBari and Jay Schulkin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:239

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Preventable maternal and infant mortality continues to be significantly higher in Latin American indigenous regions compared to non-indigenous, with inequalities of race, gender and poverty exacerbated by defi...

    Authors: Jennie Gamlin and Seth Holmes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:243

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Access to skilled health services during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period for obstetric care is one of the strongest determinants of maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes. In many countries, hus...

    Authors: Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Janet Perkins, Sajia Islam, Abu Bakkar Siddique, Md Moinuddin, Mohammed Rashidul Anwar, Tapas Mazumder, Adnan Ansar, Mohammad Masudur Rahman, Shahreen Raihana, Cecilia Capello, Carlo Santarelli, Shams El Arifeen and Dewan Md Emdadul Hoque

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:247

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Structural and gender violence in Mexico take on various forms, obstetric violence among them. The objective of our study consisted in analyzing experiences of structural and gender discrimination against wome...

    Authors: Rosario Valdez Santiago, Luz Arenas Monreal, Anabel Rojas Carmona and Mario Sánchez Domínguez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:244

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  31. Content type: Research article

    While there has been a steady decline in adolescent pregnancies worldwide and in Australia over the last three decades, Australian rates still rank third highest among developed countries. Adolescent pregnanci...

    Authors: S. Connor, K. Edvardsson and E. Spelten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:245

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Premature birth is a primary cause of infant mortality and its etiology varies in different countries. Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is a common infectious agent transmitted through sexual contact. The purpose of th...

    Authors: Amjad Ahmadi, Rashid Ramazanzadeh, Koroush Sayehmiri, Fatemeh Sayehmiri and Nour Amirmozafari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:240

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal care (ANC) is one of the components of care to be provided to pregnant women. In Ethiopia, characterizing the spatial distribution of antenatal care utilization is essential to prioritize risk areas ...

    Authors: Abraham Yeneneh, Kassahun Alemu, Abel Fekadu Dadi and Atinkut Alamirrew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:242

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Maternal nutritional status before and during pregnancy is an important contributor to pregnancy outcomes and early child health. The aim of this study was to describe the preconceptional nutritional status an...

    Authors: Gabriela Cormick, Ana Pilar Betrán, Janetta Harbron, Tina Dannemann Purnat, Catherine Parker, David Hall, Armando H. Seuc, James M. Roberts, José M. Belizán and G. Justus Hofmeyr

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:236

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Globally, tetanus toxoid protective dose immunization of the mothers is one of the strategies of maternal and neonatal tetanus prevention. Ethiopia has planned the national tetanus protection at birth coverage...

    Authors: Muhabaw Shumye Mihret, Miteku Andualem Limenih and Temesgen Worku Gudayu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:235

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Electronic cigarettes (ECs) are increasingly used for reducing or stopping smoking, with some studies showing positive outcomes. However, little is known about views on ECs during pregnancy or postpartum and p...

    Authors: Katharine Bowker, Sophie Orton, Sue Cooper, Felix Naughton, Rachel Whitemore, Sarah Lewis, Linda Bauld, Lesley Sinclair, Tim Coleman, Anne Dickinson and Michael Ussher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:233

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  37. Content type: Research article

    A significant proportion of newborn and maternal deaths can be prevented through simple and cost-effective strategies. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the PRONTO obstetric-emergency ma...

    Authors: Jimena Fritz, Héctor Lamadrid-Figueroa, Gustavo Angeles, Alejandra Montoya and Dilys Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:232

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  38. Content type: Research article

    To review the similarities and differences in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers health beliefs (attitudes, knowledge and perceptions) and health behaviour regarding their consumption of folic ac...

    Authors: Rebecca Garcia, Nasreen Ali, Malcolm Griffiths and Gurch Randhawa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:234

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Management of epilepsy during pregnancy in a resource-limited setting (RLS) is challenging. This study aimed to assess obstetric outcomes and effects on babies of women with epilepsy (WWE) exposed to Anti-epil...

    Authors: Priyadarshani Galappatthy, Chiranthi Kongala Liyanage, Marianne Nishani Lucas, Dilini T. L. M. Jayasekara, Sachith Aloka Abhayaratna, Chamari Weeraratne, Kusum De Abrew, Padma Sriyani Gunaratne, Ranjani Gamage and Chandrika N. Wijeyaratne

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:230

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia is among the most common medical complications of pregnancy. The clinical utility of invasive hemodynamic monitoring in preeclampsia (e.g., Swan-Ganz catheter) is controversial. Thoracic impedance...

    Authors: Anat Lavie, Maya Ram, Shaul Lev, Yair Blecher, Uri Amikam, Yael Shulman, Tomer Avnon, Eran Weiner and Ariel Many

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:229

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Pakistan ranks 149th in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and has failed to keep pace with other countries in the region, except Afghanistan, with respect to health indicators. Home deliveries are linked to a...

    Authors: Muhammad Iftikhar ul Husnain, Mudassar Rashid and Usman Shakoor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:226

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  42. Content type: Research article

    High mother-to-child (MTC) transmission rate of HIV might contribute to the increased pandemic rate. The aim of this study was to identify the knowledge, attitude and practices of health personnel working in m...

    Authors: Elie Nkwabong, Romuald Meboulou Nguel, Nelly Kamgaing and Anne Sylvie Keddi Jippe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:227

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Major concerns of pregnancies complicated by diabetes mellitus are an increased risk of adverse perinatal outcome. The objective of this study was to analyse the rate of fetal distress during labor in women wi...

    Authors: B Castelijn, KWP Hollander, JF Hensbergen, RG IJzerman, AW Valkenburg-van den Berg, JWR Twisk, CJM De Groot and MGAJ Wouters

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:228

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to estimate the proportion of women giving birth in two hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark who did not attend the malformation scan and to elucidate the reasons for not partic...

    Authors: Karina Hjort-Pedersen, Annette Wind Olesen, Ester Garne and Lene Sperling

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:231

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