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  1. A growing Muslim population in the UK suggests the need for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to gain a better understanding of how the Islamic faith influences health related perceptions and healthcare seeking ...

    Authors: Shaima Mohamed Hassan, Conan Leavey, Jane S. Rooney and Shuby Puthussery

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:400

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  2. Unplanned pregnancy is a public health issue with adverse consequences for maternal and neonatal health. In Japan, the prevalence of unplanned pregnancy was 46.2% in 2002. However, few studies have investigate...

    Authors: Son Trung Huynh, Hiroshi Yokomichi, Yuka Akiyama, Reiji Kojima, Sayaka Horiuchi, Tadao Ooka, Ryoji Shinohara and Zentaro Yamagata

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:397

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  3. The literature is controversial with regard to the association between longer breastfeeding duration and lower prevalence of anterior open bite. Pacifier use may be involved in this controversy. Thus, the obje...

    Authors: Vanessa Felipe de Deus, Erissandra Gomes, Fernanda Caramez da Silva and Elsa Regina Justo Giugliani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:396

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  4. The rate of caesarean sections (CS) has increased in the last decades to about 30% of births in high income countries. Many CSs are electively planned without an urgent medical reason for mother or child. An e...

    Authors: Barbara Prediger, Tim Mathes, Stephanie Polus, Angelina Glatt, Stefanie Bühn, Sven Schiermeier, Edmund A. M. Neugebauer and Dawid Pieper

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:395

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  5. Compared with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Corona Virus Disease 2019(COVID-19) spread more rapidly and widely. The population was generally susceptible....

    Authors: Lu Zhang, Lan Dong, Lei Ming, Min Wei, Jun Li, Ruheng Hu and Jing Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:394

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Pre-eclampsia is a common obstetric complication of pregnancy in Nigeria, and oxidative stress has been implicated in its aetiopathogenesis. Despite this fact, there is a paucity of information regarding the s...

    Authors: Joseph Tochukwu Enebe, Cyril Chukwudi Dim, Emmanuel Onyebuchi Ugwu, Nympha Onyinye Enebe, Ijeoma Angela Meka, Kingsley Chukwu Obioha, George Uchenna Eleje and Uchenna Ifeanyi Nwagha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:392

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  7. The purpose of this study was to compare the reliability and reproducibility of the traditional qualitative method of assessing uterine cervical stiffness with those of a quantitative method using a novel devi...

    Authors: Sabrina Badir, Laura Bernardi, Francisco Feijó Delgado, Katharina Quack Loetscher, Gundula Hebisch and Irene Hoesli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:391

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  8. The potential effects of pre-pregnancy body mass (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on pregnancy outcomes remain unclear. Thus, we investigated socio-demographic characteristics that affect pre-pregnancy ...

    Authors: Yin Sun, Zhongzhou Shen, Yongle Zhan, Yawen Wang, Shuai Ma, Suhan Zhang, Juntao Liu, Sansan Wu, Yahui Feng, Yunli Chen, Shuya Cai, Yingjie Shi, Liangkun Ma and Yu Jiang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:390

    Content type: Research article

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  9. There are still some controversies regarding the risks and benefits of fetal reduction from twins to singletons. We aimed to evaluate if fetal reduction from twins to singleton improves pregnancy outcome.

    Authors: Gal Greenberg, Ron Bardin, Shir Danieli-Gruber, Kinneret Tenenbaum-Gavish, Anat Shmueli, Eyal Krispin, Galia Oron, Arnon Wiznitzer and Eran Hadar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:389

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  10. To assess whether preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy with next generation sequencing (NGS) outweighs single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array in improving clinical outcomes.

    Authors: Wenbin Niu, Linlin Wang, Jiawei Xu, Ying Li, Hao Shi, Gang Li, Haixia Jin, Wenyan Song, Fang Wang and Yingpu Sun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:388

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  11. The purpose of this research is to summarize the prenatal ultrasound characteristics of congenital duodenal obstruction (CDO), especially in the diagnosis of duodenal diaphragm and annular pancreas. At present...

    Authors: Chan Yin, Lili Tong, Mingxiang Ma, Xiaoqun Tan, Guoliang Luo, Zhihui Fei and Dan Nie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:387

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  12. While congenital syphilis is a significant public health problem that can cause severe disabilities, little is known about the situation in Uganda. We describe prevalence, associated factors and clinical prese...

    Authors: Sam Oloya, David Lyczkowski, Patrick Orikiriza, Max Irama, Yap Boum, Richard Migisha, Julius P. Kiwanuka and Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:385

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  13. Intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) is a tragic event and, despite efforts to reduce rates, its incidence remains difficult to reduce. The objective of the present study was to examine the etiological factors that...

    Authors: Lorenzo Monasta, Manuela Giangreco, Emanuele Ancona, Fabio Barbone, Elisa Bet, Pierino Boschian-Bailo, Giovanna Cacciaguerra, Angelo Cagnacci, Melania Canton, Maddalena Casarotto, Manola Comar, Simona Contardo, Michela De Agostini, Francesco De Seta, Giovanni Del Ben, Carla Di Loreto…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:384

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  14. Lack of a unified and comparable classification system to unravel the underlying causes of stillbirth hampers the development and implementation of targeted interventions to reduce the unacceptably high stillb...

    Authors: Eseoghene Dase, Oghenebrume Wariri, Egwu Onuwabuchi, Jacob A. K. Alhassan, Iliya Jalo, Nazeem Muhajarine, Uduak Okomo and Aliyu U. ElNafaty

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:383

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  15. As the number of indications for labour induction continue to increase, the focus has shifted to performing these procedures in an outpatient setting. This study aims to systematically review published data fr...

    Authors: Susan Dong, Maria Khan, Farahnosh Hashimi, Caroline Chamy and Rohan D’Souza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:382

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  16. Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is a safe mode of birth for most women but internationally VBAC rates remain low. In Australia women planning a VBAC may experience different models of care including conti...

    Authors: Hazel Keedle, Lilian Peters, Virginia Schmied, Elaine Burns, Warren Keedle and Hannah Grace Dahlen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:381

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  17. There has been debate about the existence of lymphatic vessels in placenta. Lymphatic endothelial cell (LEC) markers such as LYVE-1 and podoplanin/D2–40 have been found, although PROX1 has not been detected. T...

    Authors: Jürgen Becker, Gilles E. Tchagou Tchangou, Sonja Schmidt, Christina Zelent, Fritz Kahl and Jörg Wilting

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:380

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  18. Malaria and HIV are common infections in Africa and cause substantial morbidity and mortality in pregnant women. We aimed to assess the association of malaria with anemia in pregnant women and to explore the j...

    Authors: Paddy Ssentongo, Djibril M. Ba, Anna E. Ssentongo, Jessica E. Ericson, Ming Wang, Duanping Liao and Vernon M. Chinchilli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:379

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  19. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) followed by suction and curettage is a common conservative treatment for caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP), but the advantages of suction and curettage alone are underestimated d...

    Authors: Jie Ou, Ping Peng, Chunying Li, Lirong Teng and Xinyan Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:378

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  20. The objective of this study was to describe women’s processes for finding pregnancy-related nutrition information, their experiences seeking this information online and their ideas for improving internet sourc...

    Authors: Alexandra Snyder, Hannah Tait Neufeld and Laura Forbes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:377

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  21. More than 85% of women sustain different degrees of trauma during vaginal birth. Randomized controlled trials on childbirth pelvic floor trauma have reported a wide range of outcomes and used different outcome...

    Authors: Stergios K. Doumouchtsis, Maria Patricia Rada, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Gabriele Falconi, Jorge Milhem Haddad and Cornelia Betschart

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:376

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with adverse diabetic complications for both mother and child during pregnancy. The common Gold Standard (GS) for diagnosis of GDM is 75 g oral glucose toleran...

    Authors: Maedeh Amini, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, Farid Zayeri, Ali Montazeri, Aliakbar Rasekhi, Azam Amirian and Nourossadat Kariman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:375

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  23. Ending preventable maternal deaths remains a global priority and in the later stages of obstetric transition, identifying the social determinants of maternal health outcomes is essential to address stagnating ...

    Authors: Thilini Chanchala Agampodi, Nuwan Darshana Wickramasinghe, Rampathige Indika Ruwan Prasanna, Malawara Kankanamalage Lasandha Irangani, Jayasundara Mudiyanselage Samarakoon Banda, Pradana Mudiyanselage Bandula Jayathilake, Ayesh Hettiarachchi, Gayani Amarasinghe, Imasha Jayasinghe, Iresha Koralagedara, Sajaan Praveena Gunarathne, Sujanthi Wickramage, Janith Warnasekara, Niroshan Lokunarangoda, Vasana Mendis, Ajith Kumara Dissanayaka…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:374

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  24. Monochorionic twinning involves numerous maternal and fetal complications, triplets complicated by a monochorionic pair are at further increased risk. Here, we report a case of repeated triplets complicated by...

    Authors: Bing Song, Zhe Wang, Yujie Chen, Chao Wang, Zhaolian Wei, Xiaojin He and Yunxia Cao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:373

    Content type: Case report

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  25. Little is known about the status of maternal, obstetric, and neonatal complications and the potential predictors of developing heart failure (HF) in mothers with underlying heart disease (HD) in Southwestern C...

    Authors: Wuwan Wang, Lu Wang, Panpan Feng, Xiyao Liu, Rui Xiang, Li Wen and Wei Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:372

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  26. Psychological interventions for antenatal depression are an integral part of evidence-based care but need to be contextualised for respective sociocultural settings. In this study, we aimed to understand women...

    Authors: Tesera Bitew, Roxanne Keynejad, Simone Honikman, Katherine Sorsdahl, Bronwyn Myers, Abebaw Fekadu and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:371

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  27. Maternal mortality is attributed to combination of contextual factors that cause delay in seeking care, leading to poor utilization of skilled health services. Community participation is one of the acknowledge...

    Authors: Irene Ifeyinwa Eze, Chinyere Ojiugo Mbachu, Edmund Ndudi Ossai, Celestina Adaeze Nweze and Chigozie Jesse Uneke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:369

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  28. The prevalence of perinatal depression in China ranges from 15 to 20% and the vast majority of prenatally depressed women do not receive the intervention they require. Recent research evidence shows that evide...

    Authors: Anum Nisar, Juan Yin, Nan Yiping, Huo Lanting, Jingjun Zhang, Duolao Wang, Atif Rahman and Xiaomei Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:368

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  29. Research regarding support provided for poor maternal postnatal mental health (such as depression, anxiety disorders, and postpartum psychosis) is relatively common. Fathers appear to play an important role su...

    Authors: Andrew Mayers, Sarah Hambidge, Olivia Bryant and Emily Arden-Close

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:359

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  30. Repeat caesarean sections (CSs) are major contributors to the high rate of CS in Canada and globally. Women’s decisions to have a planned repeat CS (PRCS) or a trial of labour after CS (TOLAC) are influenced b...

    Authors: Christine Kurtz Landy, Wendy Sword, Jackie Cramp Kathnelson, Sarah McDonald, Anne Biringer, Maureen Heaman and Pam Angle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:367

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  31. The period surrounding childbirth is one of profound change, which can often be experienced as stressful and overwhelming. Indeed, around 20% of women may experience significant levels of anxiety in the perina...

    Authors: Virginia Harrison, Donna Moore and Lisa Lazard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:363

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  32. Research in maternity care is often conducted in mixed low and high-risk or solely high-risk populations. This limits generalizability to the low-risk population of pregnant women receiving care from Dutch mid...

    Authors: A. Pouwels, P. Offerhaus, A. Merkx, B. Zeegers and M. J. Nieuwenhuijze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:366

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  33. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare but serious complication in pregnancy that places the mother and fetus at high risk for morbidity and mortality. This case illustrates novel pregnancy compli...

    Authors: Marti D. Soffer, Pavan K. Bendapudi, Drucilla J. Roberts, P. Kaitlyn Edelson, David J. Kuter, Jeffrey L. Ecker, Allison Bryant and Ilona T. Goldfarb

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:365

    Content type: Case report

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  34. There is wide variation in the utilization of institutional delivery service in Ethiopia. Various socioeconomic and cultural factors affect the decision where to give birth. Although there has been a growing i...

    Authors: Adane Nigusie, Telake Azale and Mezgebu Yitayal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:364

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  35. In low-resource settings with few health workers, Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) monitoring in labour can be inconsistent and unreliable. An initiative to improve fetal monitoring was implemented in two public hospita...

    Authors: K. Borzie, N. Jasper, D. P. Southall, R. MacDonald, A. A. Kola, O. Dolo, A. Magnus, S. D. Watson, M. Casement, B. Dahn and W. Jallah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:362

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  36. Manual perineal protection (MPP) is an intrapartum intervention suggested to protect perineal integrity during childbirth. Proper execution of MPP is complex and evaluation of its true contribution is difficul...

    Authors: Vladimir Kalis, Zdenek Rusavy, Linda Havelkova, Tomas Zitka, David Tolar and Khaled M. Ismail

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:361

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  37. This study explored effects of couples’ communication and male participation in birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR) on delivery in a health facility (“institutional delivery”). A cross-section...

    Authors: Gilda G. Sitefane, Joya Banerjee, Diwakar Mohan, Connie S. Lee, Jim Ricca, Myra L. Betron and Rosa Marlene Manjate Cuco

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:360

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  38. Fraser syndrome or “cryptophthalmos syndrome” is a rare autosomal recessive disease. It is characterized by a group of congenital malformations such as: crytophthalmos, syndactyly, abnormal genitalia, and malf...

    Authors: Muhamad Zakaria Brimo Alsaman, Sarab Agha, Hala Sallah, Rayan Badawi, Mohammad Nour Kitaz, Abdullah Assani and Hamdi Nawfal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:358

    Content type: Case report

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  39. Overwhelmingly, women in Middle Eastern countries experience birth as dehumanising and disrespectful. Women’s stories can be a very powerful way of informing health services about the impact of the care they r...

    Authors: Suha Abed Almajeed Abdallah Hussein, Hannah G. Dahlen, Olayide Ogunsiji and Virginia Schmied

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:357

    Content type: Research article

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  40. There are differences in antenatal care (ANC) utilization between urban and rural areas of Pakistan. Although multiple factors have been studied affecting the utilization of general health care services, the e...

    Authors: Sumera Aziz Ali, Savera Aziz Ali, Anam Feroz, Sarah Saleem, Zafar Fatmai and Muhammad Masood Kadir

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:355

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  41. The purpose of this systematic review (PROSPERO Ref: CRD42017053264) was to describe and interpret the qualitative research on parent’s decision-making and informed choice about their pregnancy and birth care....

    Authors: Cassandra Yuill, Christine McCourt, Helen Cheyne and Nathalie Leister

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:343

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  42. For every neonate who dies, many others experience a near miss event that could have but did not result in death. Neonatal near miss is three to eight times more frequent than neonatal deaths and, therefore, i...

    Authors: Tesfalidet Tekelab, Catherine Chojenta, Roger Smith and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:354

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  43. The incidence of thromboembolic complications is highest in the immediate postpartum period, especially following caesarean delivery (CD). Ambulation following CD is important in their prevention. We examined ...

    Authors: Hadas Ganer Herman, Masha Ben Zvi, Daniel Tairy, Ilia Kleiner, Noa Gonen, Limor Kuper Sason, Jacob Bar and Michal Kovo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:353

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  44. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the leading cause of invasive neonatal infection. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the analytical validation of qualitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) as a means ...

    Authors: Daniel F. Escobar, Diego A. Diaz-Dinamarca, Carlos F. Hernández, Daniel A. Soto, Ricardo A. Manzo, Pedro I. Alarcón, Camila H. Pinto, Diego N. Bastias, Carolayn N. Oberg-Bravo, Robert Rojas, Sebastián E. Illanes, Alexis M. Kalergis and Abel E. Vasquez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:352

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  45. The rate of multiple pregnancies in IVF/ICSI ranges from 20 to 30%. The incidence of preterm birth in multiple pregnancies is as high as 60% and is even higher in pregnancies conceived after IVF & ICSI. The ef...

    Authors: Mona Mohamed Aboulghar, Yahia El-Faissal, Ahmed Kamel, Ragaa Mansour, Gamal Serour, Mohamed Aboulghar and Yomna Islam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:351

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Psychological birth trauma (PBT), mainly due to overlooking maternal mental health, is a common and high prevalence public health problem in low-resource settings. Preventing PBT is a good indicator of the rea...

    Authors: Mahshid Taheri, Ziba Taghizadeh, Nahid Jafari and Amirhossein Takian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:350

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Severe obstetric haemorrhage caused by placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) results in significant maternal morbidity and mortality. The effectiveness of prophylactic balloon occlusion of the internal iliac artery ...

    Authors: Ying Peng, Lai Jiang, Cheng Peng, Dabao Wu and Ling Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:349

    Content type: Research article

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