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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania has a maternal mortality ratio of 556 per 100,000 live births, representing 21% of all deaths of women of reproductive age. Hemorrhage, mostly postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), is estimated to cause at lea...

    Authors: Dunstan R. Bishanga, John Charles, Gaudiosa Tibaijuka, Rita Mutayoba, Mary Drake, Young-Mi Kim, Marya Plotkin, Neema Rusibamayila and Barbara Rawlins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:223

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  30. Content type: Research article

    An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur every year, with the majority occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Understanding the cause of and factors associated with stillbirth is important to help in...

    Authors: Abdul Halim, Mamuda Aminu, Juan Emmanuel Dewez, Animesh Biswas, A. K. M. Fazlur Rahman and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:224

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (SNBHW) recommended the new diagnostic criteria for GDM based upon Hyperglycaemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study thresholds. Due to limited knowled...

    Authors: Maryam Saeedi, Ulf Hanson, David Simmons and Helena Fadl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:225

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Gastroschisis is a congenital anomaly of the fetal abdominal wall, usually to the right side of umbilical insertion. It is often detected by routine antenatal ultrasound. Significant maternal and pediatric res...

    Authors: Sarah J. Melov, Irene Tsang, Ralph Cohen, Nadia Badawi, Karen Walker, Soundappan S. V. Soundappan and Thushari I. Alahakoon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:222

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Australia has a maternal mortality ratio of 6.8/100000 live births, a rate akin to other developed countries and consistent with the high level care provided within the Australian health care system. With mate...

    Authors: Skandarupan Jayaratnam, Sonia Kua, Caroline deCosta and Richard Franklin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:221

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Early marriage and pregnancy is a risk factor for poor maternal and child health and socio-economic outcomes. Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces in northern Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has high rates ...

    Authors: Vanphanom Sychareun, Viengnakhone Vongxay, Souphaphone Houaboun, Vassana Thammavongsa, Phouthong Phummavongsa, Kongmany Chaleunvong and Jo Durham

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:219

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  35. Content type: Research article

    High myopia, a cause of serious visual impairment, is a significant global public health concern. We investigate longitudinal changes in macular choroidal thickness (CT) during pregnancy and 6-months postpartu...

    Authors: Wei Chen, Li Li, Hongyuan Zhang, Yan Li, Xu Chen and Yue Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:220

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In industrialised countries the incidence of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is increasing, for which exact etiology is not well understood. Studies have relied upon retrospective data with estimated blood loss a...

    Authors: Lauren Kearney, Mary Kynn, Rachel Reed, Lisa Davenport, Jeanine Young and Keppel Schafer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:214

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The paper explores how age, social position or class, and linguistic and cultural background intersect and place women in varying positions of control and vulnerability to obstetric violence in state health in...

    Authors: Dinusha Perera, Ragnhild Lund, Katarina Swahnberg, Berit Schei and Jennifer J. Infanti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:211

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women in health facilities continues to be a prevailing public health issue in many countries. Studies have reported significantly high prevalence of D&A among women during pregna...

    Authors: Joy Orpin, Shuby Puthussery, Rosemary Davidson and Barbara Burden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:213

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Studies from around the world have shown that women living as undocumented migrants have limited and deficient access to perinatal care, increasing their risks of both physical and psychological complications ...

    Authors: My Barkensjö, Josephine T. V. Greenbrook, Josefine Rosenlundh, Henry Ascher and Helen Elden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:217

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Reliable, population-based data on pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality, and risk factors for fatal foetal outcomes are scarce for low- and middle-income countries. Yet, such data are essential for unders...

    Authors: Siaka Koné, Eveline Hürlimann, Nahoua Baikoro, Daouda Dao, Bassirou Bonfoh, Eliézer K. N’Goran, Jürg Utzinger and Fabienne N. Jaeger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:216

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In severe post-partum haemorrhage, death can occur within hours of bleeding onset so interventions to control the bleeding must be given immediately. In clinical trials of treatments for life-threatening bleed...

    Authors: Amy Brenner, Haleema Shakur-Still, Rizwana Chaudhri, Bukola Fawole, Sabaratnam Arulkumaran and Ian Roberts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:215

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  42. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to systematically compare arterial/venous thrombosis, fetal loss and stillbirth in pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), primary anti-phospholipid syndrome (PAPS) and secondary anti-...

    Authors: Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Mohammad Zafooruddin Sani Soogund and Feng Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:212

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Much interest has been focussed on both maternal obesity and gestational weight gain (GWG), particularly on their role in influencing birth weight (BW). Several large reviews have reported that excessive GWG i...

    Authors: Amy C. O’Higgins, Anne Doolan, Thomas McCartan, Laura Mullaney, Clare O’Connor and Michael J. Turner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:218

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Quality antenatal care (ANC) is recognised as an opportunity for screening and early identification of pregnancy-related complications. In rural Ghana, challenges with access to diagnostic services demotivate ...

    Authors: Ibukun-Oluwa Omolade Abejirinde, Renate Douwes, Azucena Bardají, Rudolf Abugnaba-Abanga, Marjolein Zweekhorst, Jos van Roosmalen and Vincent De Brouwere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:209

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Physical presence during labour offer women opportunity of having positive childbirth experiences as well as childbirth outcomes. The study aimed to determine what support provided by midwives during intrapart...

    Authors: Maria S. Maputle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:210

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  46. Content type: Research article

    To improve maternity services in any country, there is need to monitor the quality of obstetric care. There is usually disparity of obstetric care and outcomes in most countries among women giving birth in dif...

    Authors: Bothwell Takaingofa Guzha, Thulani Lesley Magwali, Bismark Mateveke, Maxwell Chirehwa, George Nyandoro and Stephen Peter Munjanja

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:205

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Since the 2000s, selective episiotomy has been systematically recommended worldwide. In France, the recommended episiotomy rate in vaginal deliveries is less than 30%. The aims of this study were to describe t...

    Authors: Karine Goueslard, Jonathan Cottenet, Adrien Roussot, Christophe Clesse, Paul Sagot and Catherine Quantin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:208

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