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  1. Content type: Research article

    Smart wristbands enable the continuous monitoring of health parameters, for example, in maternity care. Understanding the feasibility and acceptability of these devices in an authentic context is essential. Th...

    Authors: Kirsi Grym, Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén, Eeva Ekholm, Lotta Hamari, Iman Azimi, Amir Rahmani, Pasi Liljeberg, Eliisa Löyttyniemi and Anna Axelin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:34

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Midwives are the main providers of routine antenatal care services including the routine ultrasound examination in Norway. The ultrasound examination can be perceived by expectant parents not only as a medical...

    Authors: Annika Åhman, Kristina Edvardsson, Tove Anita Fagerli, Elisabeth Darj, Sophia Holmlund, Rhonda Small and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:33

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Nigeria suffers from the highest burden of mother-to-child transmission worldwide. To increase retention in care and prevention programmes, we piloted and evaluated a conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme ...

    Authors: Jenny X. Liu, Jennifer Shen, Nicholas Wilson, Svetha Janumpalli, Patrick Stadler and Nancy Padian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:32

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Fetal growth restriction is, despite advances in neonatal care and uptake of antenatal ultrasound scanning, still a major cause of perinatal morbidity. Neonates with birth weight > 10th percentile are assumed ...

    Authors: M. L. E. Hendrix, S. M. J. van Kuijk, A. W. D. Gavilanes, D. Kramer, M. E. A. Spaanderman and S. Al Nasiry

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:31

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Severe obstetric hemorrhage caused by placenta accreta results in significant maternal morbidity and mortality. As a new technology, abdominal aortic balloon occlusion (AABO) is becoming an important treatment...

    Authors: Li Chen, Xiaodan Wang, Hengyu Wang, Qin Li, Nan Shan and Hongbo Qi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:30

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The phenomenon of being ‘with woman’ is fundamental to midwifery as it underpins its philosophy, relationships and practices. There is an identified gap in knowledge around the ‘with woman’ phenomenon from the...

    Authors: Zoe Bradfield, Yvonne Hauck, Michelle Kelly and Ravani Duggan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:29

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Ethiopia has recorded substantial progress in maternal health recently. However, poor utilization of maternal health care services is challenging further improvement. Although male partners are decision-makers...

    Authors: Bedru Hussen Mohammed, Janice Mary Johnston, Dana Vackova, Semira Mehammed Hassen and Huso Yi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:28

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can be used to accurately detect fetal chromosomal anomalies early in pregnancy by assessing cell-free fetal DNA present in maternal blood. The rapid diffusion of NIPT, as ...

    Authors: Alexandra Cernat, Chante De Freitas, Umair Majid, Forum Trivedi, Caroline Higgins and Meredith Vanstone

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:27

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Maternal depression and anxiety have distinct constellations of symptom trajectories, which are associated with factors that may vary between different groups of women. The aim of this study was to identify su...

    Authors: Asma Ahmed, Angela Bowen, Cindy Xin Feng and Nazeem Muhajarine

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:26

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Research and different organizations have proposed indicators to monitor the quality of maternal and child healthcare, such indicators are used for different purposes.

    Authors: Pedro J. Saturno-Hernández, Ismael Martínez-Nicolás, Estephania Moreno-Zegbe, María Fernández-Elorriaga and Ofelia Poblano-Verástegui

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:25

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent motherhood has been repeatedly linked to poor child outcomes in high income countries and urban areas in low- and middle-income countries. We examine the structural, personal, and caretaking challen...

    Authors: Karl le Roux, Joan Christodoulou, Linnea Stansert-Katzen, Elaine Dippenaar, Christina Laurenzi, Ingrid M. le Roux, Mark Tomlinson and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:24

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Canadian policies regarding the implementation and public coverage of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) are heterogeneous and shifting, with NIPT being publicly covered for high-risk pregnancies in some pro...

    Authors: Stanislav Birko, Vardit Ravitsky, Charles Dupras, Jessica Le Clerc-Blain, Marie-Eve Lemoine, Aliya O. Affdal, Hazar Haidar and Anne-Marie Laberge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:22

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers are at increased risk of psychosocial stress, anxiety and depression. As well as affecting birth outcomes and child development, poor maternal emotional wellbeing c...

    Authors: Jenny McLeish and Maggie Redshaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:21

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  14. Content type: Research article

    This study reviews the attitudes and behaviours in rural Nepalese society towards women with disabilities, their pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Society often perceives people with disabilities as differ...

    Authors: Hridaya R. Devkota, Maria Kett and Nora Groce

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:20

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Group visits for chronic medical conditions in non-pregnant populations have demonstrated successful outcomes including greater weight loss compared to individual visits for weight management. It is plausible ...

    Authors: Michelle A. Kominiarek, Adam K. Lewkowitz, Ebony Carter, Susan A. Fowler and Melissa Simon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:18

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal corticosteroid treatment is globally recommended for women at risk of giving birth before 34 weeks of gestation. In Japan, data on the rate of completing recommended antenatal corticosteroid treatmen...

    Authors: Daisuke Shigemi and Hideo Yasunaga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:17

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Severe maternal morbidity – life-threatening childbirth complications – has more than doubled in the United States over the past 15 years, affecting more than 50,000 women (1.4% of deliveries) annually. During...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Leonard, Elliott K. Main and Suzan L. Carmichael

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:16

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    WHO recommends that HIV infected women receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) minimally during pregnancy and breastfeeding (“Option B”), or ideally throughout their lives regardless of clinical stage (“Option B+...

    Authors: Aybuke Koyuncu, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Sandra Irene McCoy, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Raluca Buzdugan, Constancia Watadzaushe, Jeffrey Dirawo, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva, Frances Cowan and Nancy Padian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:15

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Among the various methods available, the administration of prostaglandins is the most effective for inducing labour in women with an unfavourable cervix. Recent studies have compared treatment with various tit...

    Authors: O. Lapuente-Ocamica, L. Ugarte, A. Lopez-Picado, F. Sanchez-Refoyo, Iñaki Lete Lasa, O. Echevarria, J. Álvarez-Sala, A. Fariñas, I. Bilbao, L. Barbero, J. Vicarregui, R. Hernanz Chaves, D. Paz Corral and J. A. Lopez-Lopez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:14

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  20. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported the following errors:

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:13

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:405

  21. Content type: Research article

    Determining gestational age in resource-poor settings is challenging because of limited availability of ultrasound technology and late first presentation to antenatal clinic. Last menstrual period (LMP), symph...

    Authors: Holger Unger, Kamala Thriemer, Benedikt Ley, Halidou Tinto, Maminata Traoré, Innocent Valea, Harry Tagbor, Gifty Antwi, Prosper Gbekor, Michael Nambozi, Jean-Bertin Bukasa Kabuya, Modest Mulenga, Victor Mwapasa, Gertrude Chapotera, Mwayiwawo Madanitsa, Stephen Rulisa…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:12

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Multiple interrelated pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, and variants in susceptibility genes may play a role among Filipinos, an ethnically distinct group with high prevalence of the dis...

    Authors: Melissa D. Amosco, Gloria R. Tavera, Van Anthony M. Villar, Justin Michael A. Naniong, Lara Marie G. David-Bustamante, Scott M. Williams, Pedro A. Jose and Cynthia P. Palmes-Saloma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:11

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Our study aimed at assessing the prevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxy-vitamin D [25(OH)D] < 20 ng/mL) in pregnant women in the first trimester living in Switzerland.

    Authors: Sophie Cabaset, Jean-Philippe Krieger, Aline Richard, Magdeldin Elgizouli, Alexandra Nieters, Sabine Rohrmann and Katharina C. Quack Lötscher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:10

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Uterine fibroids are the most common uterine tumours in females of reproductive age. During pregnancy, uterine fibroids may be complicated by aseptic necrobiosis. We herein report an ambiguous clinical present...

    Authors: Julius Sama Dohbit, Esther Ngo Um Meka, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Igor Kamla, Celestin Danwang, Frank-Leonel Tianyi, Pascal Foumane and Gervais Ondobo Andze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:9

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Adverse health outcomes are higher among Maasai children in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area compared to other co-located ethnic groups and regions of Tanzania. The Mama Kwanza Socioeconomic Health Initiative,...

    Authors: Marie Dietrich Leurer, Pammla Petrucka and Manjale Msafiri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:8

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  26. Content type: Research article

    This qualitative study aimed to investigate the health seeking behaviour of rural women in northern Tajikistan, with specific focus on antenatal and obstetric complications as a result of delayed access to hea...

    Authors: Jamila Nabieva and Aurélia Souares

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:7

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Poor maternal health delivery in developing countries results in more than half a million maternal deaths during pregnancy, childbirth or within a few weeks of delivery. This is partly due to unavailability an...

    Authors: Gladys Buruwaa Nuamah, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Kofi Akohene Mensah, Daniel Boateng, Dan Yedu Quansah, Dominic Dobin and Kwasi Addai-Donkor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:6

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Migrant women’s overall increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes is well known. The aim of this study was to investigate possible associations between stillbirth and maternal country of birth and other mig...

    Authors: Eline S. Vik, Vigdis Aasheim, Erica Schytt, Rhonda Small, Dag Moster and Roy M. Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:5

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    The postpartum period is an important period for preventive strategies as common maternal and child health risks may become manifest. Women with a lower socioeconomic status tend to have lower maternal empower...

    Authors: J. Lagendijk, J. V. Been, H. E. Ernst-Smelt, G. J. Bonsel, L. C. M. Bertens and E. A. P. Steegers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:4

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  30. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing prevalence of women who tend to delay childbirth until a very advanced age. However, there is sparse data regarding very advanced maternal age (vAMA) and the interplay between vAMA and a...

    Authors: Yuelin Wu, Yan Chen, Minxue Shen, Yanfang Guo, Shi Wu Wen, Andrea Lanes, Ruth Rennicks White, Adewumi Adanlawo, Mark Walker and Xiaolin Hua

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:3

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Armenia has an upward trend in cesarean sections (CS); the CS rate increased from 7.2% in 2000 to 31.0% in 2017. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential factors contributing to the rapidly incre...

    Authors: Meri Tadevosyan, Anna Ghazaryan, Arusyak Harutyunyan, Varduhi Petrosyan, Adam Atherly and Kim Hekimian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:2

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Cesarean rates are higher in women admitted to labor ward during early stages rather than at later stages of labor. In a study in Germany, crude cesarean rates among Turkish and Lebanese immigrant women were l...

    Authors: Jürgen Breckenkamp, Eileen Marie Läcke, Wolfgang Henrich, Theda Borde, Silke Brenne, Matthias David and Oliver Razum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:1

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests the possible impact of ambient high temperature on fetal growth and birth outcomes. However, little is known about the relative impact of exposure to heat and cold and the possible vulnerable...

    Authors: Shenghui Li, Jiajia Wang, Zhiwei Xu, Xiaoyu Wang, Gang Xu, Jun Zhang, Xiaoming Shen and Shilu Tong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:513

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Use of ultrasound scans early in pregnancy is increasing, but we have limited knowledge about the actual prevalence, associated decision-making and impact on expectant women/couples in a general population. Th...

    Authors: Kristine Flo Halle, Maria Fjose, Hildur Kristjansdottir, Amalia Bjornsdottir, Linn Getz, Margret Olafia Tomasdottir and Johann Agust Sigurdsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:512

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    In the Netherlands, couples with unexplained infertility and a good prognosis to conceive spontaneously (i.e. Hunault > 30%) are advised to perform timed intercourse for at least another 6 months. If couples f...

    Authors: B. N. Bui, H. L. Torrance, C. Janssen, B. Cohlen, J. P. de Bruin, J. E. den Hartog, P. J. Q. van der Linden, K. L. Deurloo, J. W. M. Maas, R. van Oppenraaij, A. Cantineau, C. B. Lambalk, H. Visser, E. Brinkhuis, J. van Disseldorp, B. C. Schoot…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:511

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, Zambia accepted the immediate operationalization of Option B+, a policy used to try and eliminate mother to child transmission. This policy requires all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women t...

    Authors: Bridget Chomba Chanda, Rosemary Ndonyo Likwa, Jessy Zgambo, Louis Tembo and Choolwe Jacobs

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:510

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  37. Content type: Research article

    World health organization stated that postnatal care is defined as a care given to the mother and her newborn baby immediately after the birth of the placenta and for the first six weeks of life. Majority of m...

    Authors: Kihinetu Gelaye Wudineh, Azezu Asres Nigusie, Shumiye Shiferaw Gesese, Azimeraw Arega Tesu and Fentahun Yenealem Beyene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:508

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  38. Content type: Review

    Bariatric surgery (BS) is regarded to be the most effective treatment of obesity with long lasting beneficial effects including weight loss and improvement of metabolic disorders. A considerable number of wome...

    Authors: Veronica Falcone, Tina Stopp, Michael Feichtinger, Herbert Kiss, Wolfgang Eppel, Peter Wolf Husslein, Gerhard Prager and Christian S. Göbl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:507

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  39. Content type: Case report

    Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage is a rare complication of preeclampsia during pregnancy associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Compared with the non-pregnant women stroke rates are relatively ra...

    Authors: Paul Nkemtendong Tolefac, Nkemnji Standley Awungafac and Jacqueline Ze Minkande

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:506

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that collaboratively delivered maternity care can positively impact health outcomes. However, women’s perspectives on models of care involving interprofessional collaboration between midwives...

    Authors: Maria Raisa Jessica V. Aquino, Ellinor K. Olander and Rosamund M. Bryar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:505

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  41. Content type: Research article

    HBV, HCV, HDV and HIV are blood borne and can be transmitted from mother-to-child. Reports of HBV infection rates show up to 11.9% in Cameroon while for HCV, the rate is less than 2%. More so, as pregnant wome...

    Authors: Judith N. Torimiro, Aubin Nanfack, William Takang, Claude Kalla Keou, Awum Nchenda Joyce, Kevin Njefi, Kimbong Agyingi, Irenee Domkam, Desire Takou, Sylvie Moudourou, Samuel Sosso and Robinson E. Mbu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:504

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality remains a topical issue in Nigeria. Dearth of data on vital events posed a huge challenge to policy formulation and design of interventions to address the scourge. This study estimated the l...

    Authors: Usman Gulumbe, Olatunji Alabi, Olusola A. Omisakin and Semeeh Omoleke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:503

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Nausea and vomiting occur 50–90% during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, patients with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) may be hospitalized at an incidence rate of 0.8–2% before the 20th week of gestation...

    Authors: E. Sahin, Y. Madendag, M. Eraslan Sahin, A. T. Tayyar, I. Col Madendag, M. Gozukucuk, C. Karakukcu, G. Acmaz and I. I. Muderris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:502

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Congenital anomalies are a worldwide problem, causing perinatal and infant deaths and postnatal physical disabilities. This study aimed to determine the pattern and associated factors of the congenital anomali...

    Authors: Sozan K. Ameen, Shahla Kareem Alalaf and Nazar P. Shabila

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:501

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  45. Content type: Research article

    An observational study was conducted to examine the role of maternal anthropometry, including mid-arm muscle area (MAMA) and others, as risk factors for low birth weight (LBW), small for gestational age (SGA) ...

    Authors: Paul Petraro, Isabel Madzorera, Christopher P. Duggan, Donna Spiegelman, Karim Manji, Rodrick Kisenge, Roland Kupka and Wafaie W. Fawzi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:500

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Access to information about prenatal screening is important particularly in light of new techniques such as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). This study aimed to develop and examine the acceptability of a ...

    Authors: Sian Karen Smith, Antonia Cai, Michelle Wong, Mariana S. Sousa, Michelle Peate, Alec Welsh, Bettina Meiser, Rajneesh Kaur, Jane Halliday, Sharon Lewis, Lyndal Trevena, Tatiane Yanes, Kristine Barlow-Stewart and Margot Barclay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:499

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  47. Content type: Case report

    Herlyn–Werner-Wunderlich syndrome (HWWS) is an uncommon congenital anomaly of the female urogenital tract, characterised by uterus didelphys, obstructed hemivagina, and ipsilateral renal agenesis. We reported ...

    Authors: Stefania Cappello, Eleonora Piccolo, Francesco Cucinelli, Luisa Casadei, Emilio Piccione and Maria Giovanna Salerno

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:498

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Despite advocating for male involvement in antenatal education, there is unmet need for antenatal education information for expectant couples. The objective of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of ...

    Authors: Maria Chifuniro Chikalipo, Ellen Mbweza Chirwa and Adamson Sinjani Muula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:497

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