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  1. Many women experience fear of childbirth (FoB) and depressive symptoms (DS) during pregnancy, but little is known about FoB among Tanzanian women. The current study aimed to assess the prevalence of FoB and DS...

    Authors: Agnes Fredrick Massae, Margareta Larsson, Sebalda Leshabari, Columba Mbekenga, Andrea Barnabas Pembe and Agneta Skoog Svanberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:704

    Content type: Research

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  2. In maternity services, as in other areas of healthcare, increasing emphasis is placed on improving “efficiency” or “productivity”. The first step in any efficiency and productivity analysis is the selection of...

    Authors: Bonnie Eklom, Sally Tracy and Emily Callander

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:703

    Content type: Research

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  3. This article has been retracted. Please see the Retraction Notice for more detail: https://​doi.​org/​10.​1186/​s12884-021-04185-7

    Authors: Isabella Garti, Elorm Donkor, Nafisatu Musah, Evans Osei Appiah, Sandra Gyekye, Awube Menlah and Cynthia Pomaa Akuoko

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:702

    Content type: Retraction Note

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  4. Mirror syndrome (MS) is defined as maternal edema with fetal hydrops and placental edema with different etiologies, such as rhesus isoimmunization and twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Herein, we showcased a uni...

    Authors: Sijie Song, Yefang Zhu, Gerhard Jorch, Xiaoting Zhang, Yan Wu, Wen Chen, Hua Gong, Ligang Zhou, Xueyan Wang and Xiaoyun Zhong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:701

    Content type: Case report

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  5. The preconception phase of women’s life cycle is critical but comparatively ignored. The presence of health risks is judged as hazardous to the wellbeing of women and their offspring. This study aimed to estim...

    Authors: Prakash Prabhakarrao Doke, Sonali Hemant Palkar, Jayashree Sachin Gothankar, Archana Vasantrao Patil, Amruta Paresh Chutke, Prasad Dnyandeo Pore, Aniruddha Vinayakrao Deshpande, Khanindra Kumar Bhuyan, Madhusudan Vamanrao Karnataki and Aparna Nishikant Shrotri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:700

    Content type: Research

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  6. Interstitial Pregnancy (IP) is a lethal condition due to high risk of sudden onset massive hemorrhage. Such conditions are managed as soon as diagnosed almost in the first trimester. There are a few case repor...

    Authors: Fatemeh Sadat Najib, Homeira Vafaei, Amin Abolhasan Foroughi and Niloofar Namazi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:699

    Content type: Case report

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  7. Bhutan has made much efforts to provide timely access to health services during pregnancy and increase institutional deliveries. However, as specialist obstetric services became available in seven hospitals i...

    Authors: Thinley Dorji, Phurb Dorji, Sonam Gyamtsho, Saran Tenzin Tamang, Tshering Wangden, Sangay Wangmo and Don Eliseo Lucero Prisno III

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:698

    Content type: Research

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  8. Cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) remains a sporadic and special form of ectopic pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum is implanted on a previous cesarean scar within 12 weeks. This study aims to evaluate the opt...

    Authors: Liping Yu, Bikang Yang, Qinyang Xu, Yincheng Teng and Zhuowei Xue

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:697

    Content type: Research

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  9. Inequality in preterm birth is a world-wide challenge that has proved difficult for maternity care services to meet. Reducing the inequality requires identification of pregnant women at particularly high risk ...

    Authors: Camilla Klinge Knudsen, Amanda Marie Somer Christesen, Signe Heuckendorff, Kirsten Fonager, Martin Nygård Johansen and Charlotte Overgaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:696

    Content type: Research

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  10. Hydatidiform moles exhibit a distinctive gross appearance of multiple vesicles in the placenta. The advances in cytogenetic technologies have helped uncover novel entities of hydatidiform moles and enabled ela...

    Authors: Minhuan Lin, Jinzhu Chen, Bing Liao, Zhiming He, Shaobin Lin and Yanmin Luo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:694

    Content type: Case report

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  11. Pregnant teenagers in rural and regional areas experience distinct disadvantages, that are not simply a function of their age, and these have a substantial impact on their health and that of their baby. Studie...

    Authors: Anna Wong Shee, Natasha Frawley, Carolyn Robertson, AnneMarie McKenzie, Julie Lodge, Vincent Versace and Cate Nagle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:693

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) incidence is increasing worldwide. It represents a major risk factor for adverse foetal-maternal outcomes. Awareness among women in regard to GDM-related risks (in particula...

    Authors: Paola Quaresima, Federica Visconti, Fabiana Interlandi, Luigi Puccio, Patrizia Caroleo, Giuseppina Amendola, Michele Morelli, Roberta Venturella and Costantino Di Carlo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:692

    Content type: Research

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  13. Systematic reviews often conclude low confidence in the results due to heterogeneity in the reported outcomes. A Core Outcome Set (COS) is an agreed standardised collection of outcomes for a specific area of h...

    Authors: Marie Österberg, Christel Hellberg, Ann Kristine Jonsson, Sara Fundell, Frida Trönnberg, Alkistis Skalkidou and Maria Jonsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:691

    Content type: Research

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  14. Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:690

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:568

  15. Fetal growth velocity standards have yet to be established for the Chinese population. This study aimed to establish such standards suitable for the Chinese population.

    Authors: Tianchen Wu, Xiaoli Gong, Yangyu Zhao, Lizhen Zhang, Yiping You, Hongwei Wei, Xifang Zuo, Ying Zhou, Xinli Xing, Zhaoyan Meng, Qi Lv, Zhaodong Liu, Jian Zhang, Liyan Hu, Junnan Li, Li Li…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:688

    Content type: Research

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  16. Conjoined twins are a rare and serious complication of monochorionic twins. The total incidence is 1.5 per 100,000 births, and about 50% are liveborn. Prenatal screening and diagnosis of conjoined twins is usu...

    Authors: Hongyan Liu, Chunyan Deng, Qing Hu, Hua Liao, Xiaodong Wang and Haiyan Yu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:687

    Content type: Case report

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  17. Migrant women are at increased risk for complications related to  pregnancy and childbirth, possibly due to inadequate access and utilisation of healthcare. Recently migrated women are considered a vulnerable ...

    Authors: Sukhjeet Bains, Susanne Skråning, Johanne Sundby, Siri Vangen, Ingvil K. Sørbye and Benedikte V. Lindskog

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:686

    Content type: Research

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  18. Induction of labour (IOL) is an important and common clinical procedure in obstetrics. In the current study, we evaluate predictors of vaginal delivery in both nulliparous and multiparous women in north Jordan...

    Authors: Rawan A. Obeidat, Mahmoud Almaaitah, Abeer Ben-Sadon, Dina Istaiti, Hasan Rawashdeh, Shereen Hamadneh, Hanan Hammouri and Adel Bataineh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:685

    Content type: Research

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  19. To compare three commonly used low-molecular-weight heparins (LWMHs) in the treatment of recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) by evaluating the anti-Xa peak levels and adverse reactions.

    Authors: Wenxin Bai, Xinyang Zhang, Si Sun, Qiaohong Wang, Congcong Li, Xiaoxin Zhang and Aimin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:683

    Content type: Research

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  20. To evaluate the impact of oral carbohydrate-rich (Ch-R) supplement taken 2 hours before an elective caesarean delivery (CD) on maternal and neonatal perioperative outcomes.

    Authors: Yuanying He, Chunhong Liu, Ying Han, Yun Huang, Jianhong Zhou and Qigui Xie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:682

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (sHLH) is a rare and fatal disease characterized by uncontrolled immune cell activation that can lead to a cytokine storm. Unfortunately, this condition can occur e...

    Authors: Masaya Takahashi, Shintaro Makino, Hiroko Iizuka, Masaaki Noguchi and Koyo Yoshida

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:681

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Although preeclampsia has long been recognized as a condition affecting late pregnancy, little is known of its pathogenesis or treatment. The placenta releases a number of hormones and molecules that influence...

    Authors: Michalina Bralewska, Lidia Biesiada, Mariusz Grzesiak, Magda Rybak-Krzyszkowska, Hubert Huras, Agnieszka Gach, Tadeusz Pietrucha and Agata Sakowicz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:680

    Content type: Research

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  23. Improvement in the prediction and prevention of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) - a range of life-threatening conditions during pregnancy, at delivery or within 42 days postpartum - is a public health priority...

    Authors: Natalie Dayan, Gabriel D. Shapiro, Jin Luo, Jun Guan, Deshayne B. Fell, Carl A. Laskin, Olga Basso, Alison L. Park and Joel G. Ray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:679

    Content type: Research

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  24. Preeclampsia (PE) is a hypertensive disorder specific to pregnancy that can cause severe maternal-neonatal complications. The International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy revised the PE cri...

    Authors: Masaya Takahashi, Shintaro Makino, Kyoko Oguma, Haruka Imai, Ai Takamizu, Akari Koizumi and Koyo Yoshida

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:678

    Content type: Research

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  25. Previous studies have suggested that maternal stress could increase the risk of some adverse pregnancy outcomes, but evidence on congenital heart disease (CHD) is limited. We aimed to explore the association b...

    Authors: Jing Li, Yujiao Du, Yini Liu, Jiaoyang Du, Ruo Zhang, Pengfei Qu, Hong Yan, Duolao Wang and Shaonong Dang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:677

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Since the emergence of COVID-19, preventative public health measures, including lockdown strategies, were declared in most countries to control viral transmission. Recent studies and anecdotes have reported ch...

    Authors: Christine Vaccaro, Farida Mahmoud, Laila Aboulatta, Basma Aloud and Sherif Eltonsy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:676

    Content type: Research

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  27. Gestational weight gain (GWG) has critical implications for maternal and child health. Inflammation and angiogenesis are implicated in various aspects of maternal metabolism that may play a role in gestational...

    Authors: Dongqing Wang, Anne Marie Darling, Chloe R. McDonald, Nandita Perumal, Enju Liu, Molin Wang, Said Aboud, Willy Urassa, Andrea L. Conroy, Kyla T. Hayford, W. Conrad Liles, Kevin C. Kain and Wafaie W. Fawzi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:675

    Content type: Research

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  28. Severe anaemia after caesarean section adversely affects the woman and the new-born. While prenatal anaemia is extensively studied, the literature on post-caesarean section anaemia is limited and characteristi...

    Authors: Sylvie Atosa Sivahikyako, Asiphas Owaraganise, Leevan Tibaijuka, David Collins Agaba, Musa Kayondo, Joseph Ngonzi, Julius Mugisha and Hamson Kanyesigye

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:674

    Content type: Research

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  29. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most frequent infections after respiratory tract infections that affect humans, with over 150 million cases per year. The anatomy of the female urinary tract pred...

    Authors: Innocentia Nji Ngong, Jerome Fru-Cho, Melduine Akom Yung and Jane-Francis Kihla Tatah Akoachere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:673

    Content type: Research

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  30. Various manoeuvres such as McRoberts position, suprapubic pressure, rotational methods, posterior arm extraction and all-four position (HELPERR) have been proposed for relieving shoulder dystocia with variable...

    Authors: Angel Hoi Wan Kwan, Annie Shuk Yi Hui, Jacqueline Ho Sze Lee and Tak Yeung Leung

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:672

    Content type: Case report

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  31. The aims of this study were to evaluate the time intervals of flow velocity waveforms (FVW) of ductus venosus (DV) and cardiac cycles, as well as the pulsatility index of DV-FVW (DV-PI), in correlation with um...

    Authors: Tomoki Suekane, Daisuke Tachibana, Yasushi Kurihara, Natsuko Yokoi, Naomi Seo, Kohei Kitada, Mie Tahara, Akihiro Hamuro, Takuya Misugi, Akemi Nakano and Masayasu Koyama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:671

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Coronavirus currently cause a lot of pressure on the health system. Accordingly, many changes occurred in the way of providing health care, including pregnancy and childbirth care. To our knowledge, no studies...

    Authors: Sedigheh Hantoushzadeh, Maryam Bagheri, Marjan Akhavan Amjadi, Maryam Farmahini Farahani and Fedyeh Haghollahi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:670

    Content type: Research

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  33. The neuroimaging manifestations of eclampsia and preeclampsia often overlap, mainly presenting as posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare the...

    Authors: Hui Mai, Zhiyu Liang, Zhanhang Chen, Zhaoran Liu, Yaxi Xu, Xuting Chen, Xiujian Du, Yuling Peng, Yonglu Chen and Tianfa Dong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:669

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Triage, identifying patients with critical and time-sensitive disorders, is an integrated process in general emergency medicine. Obstetric triage is more specialised, requiring assessment of both woman, fetus ...

    Authors: Linnéa Lindroos, Helen Elden, Ove Karlsson and Verena Sengpiel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:668

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Women across the world value choice and control throughout their maternity care experiences. In response to this health policy and frameworks are adapting and developing. The concepts of choice and control are...

    Authors: Patricia Leahy-Warren, Helen Mulcahy, Paul Corcoran, Róisín Bradley, Mary O’Connor and Rhona O’Connell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:667

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Male support for partners’ antenatal care (ANC) has the potential to improve women’s care-seeking and maternal health outcomes. This study describes factors that are associated with men’s involvement in househ...

    Authors: Emily Chahalis, Josie McGhie, Generose Mulokozi, Shannon Barham, Carter Chappell, Charisse Schenk, Mary Linehan, Scott Torres, Kirk A. Dearden, Josh H. West, P. Cougar Hall and Benjamin T. Crookston

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:666

    Content type: Research

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  37. Advances in research suggest the possibility of improving routine clinical care for preeclampsia using screening (predictive) and diagnostic tests. The views of women should be incorporated into the way in whi...

    Authors: Shenaz Ahmed, Alina Brewer, Eleni Z. Tsigas, Caryn Rogers, Lucy Chappell and Jenny Hewison

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:665

    Content type: Research

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  38. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused great uncertainty about causes, treatment and mortality of the new virus. Constant updates of recommendations and restrictions from national authorities may have ca...

    Authors: Katja Schrøder, Lonny Stokholm, Katrine Hass Rubin, Jan Stener Jørgensen, Ellen Aagaard Nohr, Lone Kjeld Petersen and Mette Bliddal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:664

    Content type: Research

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  39. Mobile phone-based interventions have been demonstrated in different settings to overcome barriers to accessing critical psychosocial support. In this study, we aimed to assess the acceptability and feasibilit...

    Authors: Nikita Simpson, Anna Kydd, Mwelwa Phiri, Madalitso Mbewe, Lucheka Sigande, Thomas Gachie, Malebo Ngobeni, Tebogo Monese, Zuzana Figerova, Hugo Schlesinger, Virginia Bond, Steve Belemu, Musonda Simwinga, Ab Schaap, Maurice Biriotti, Sarah Fidler…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:663

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:803

  40. 98% of the 2.6 million stillbirths per annum occur in low and middle income countries. However, understanding of risk factors for stillbirth in these settings is incomplete, hampering efforts to develop effect...

    Authors: Kushupika Dube, Tina Lavender, Kieran Blaikie, Christopher J. Sutton, Alexander E. P. Heazell and Rebecca M. D. Smyth

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:662

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  41. This study was part of a project funded under the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative to engage adolescent girls living in the main slums of Nairobi. This involved an innovative co-creation initiative thr...

    Authors: Caroline W. Wainaina, Estelle Monique Sidze, Beatrice W. Maina, Icoquih Badillo-Amberg, Hazel Odhiambo Anyango, Faith Kathoka, Dorcas Khasowa and Collins E. M. Okoror

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:661

    Content type: Research

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  42. Mirror syndrome (MS) is a rare obstetric disorder complicated with high maternal morbidity and fetal mortality. MS is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed due to the low incidence and lack of awareness of its ...

    Authors: Zhenyan Han, Xiaodan Chen, Qingqing Wang, Jin Zhou, Yan Guo, Hongying Hou and Yuan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:660

    Content type: Research

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  43. Whilst the impact of Covid-19 infection in pregnant women has been examined, there is a scarcity of data on pregnant women in the Middle East. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the impact of Covid-19 ...

    Authors: Komal Sundeep Hazari, Rasha Abdeldayem, Litty Paulose, Nimmi Kurien, Zukaa Almahloul, Hozaifah Mohammad, Taghrid Faek A. Elgergawi, Maryam Alkhanbouli, Khalid Mahmoud, Atif Bashir Fazari, Amar Hassan and Riad Bayoumi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:658

    Content type: Research

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  44. Although insulin therapy achieves effective glycemic control, it may aggravate hyperinsulinemia. Nonetheless the benefits of insulin as first-line treatment for women with GDM are controversial. This work aime...

    Authors: Tiange Sun, Fanhua Meng, Shufei Zang, Yue Li, Rui Zhang, Zhiyan Yu, Xinmei Huang, Fang Wang, Liwen Zhang and Jun Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:657

    Content type: Research article

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  45. The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is easily calculated blood test parameter, which can be used as marker to predict many inflammatory disorders. The aim of this study was to assess and compare the NLR in m...

    Authors: Greta Balciuniene, Greta Kvederaite-Budre, Violeta Gulbiniene, Irena Dumalakiene, Rita Viliene, Ingrida Pilypiene, Grazina S. Drasutiene and Diana Ramasauskaite

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:656

    Content type: Research

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  46. Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:652

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:262

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