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  1. Each year, about 20 million Low Birth Weight (LBW) babies are born with very high proportion (96.5%) occuring in developing countries. In the last decade, the incidence of LBW in Ghana has not declined. Brong ...

    Authors: Zakariah Adam, Donne Kofi Ameme, Priscillia Nortey, Edwin Andrew Afari and Ernest Kenu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:174

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  2. Monotonous and less diversified diets are associated with micronutrient deficiency. Evidence on maternal dietary intakes during pregnancy is essential to achieve the 2025 global nutrition target and reduce mat...

    Authors: Tebikew Yeneabat, Haweni Adugna, Tarekegn Asmamaw, Muluken Wubetu, Melaku Admas, Getachew Hailu, Asres Bedaso and Tadele Amare

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:173

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  3. Pregnant and lactating women are at high risk of insufficient water intake. The cross-sectional study was mainly designed to evaluate the water intake, including total water intake (TWI), plain water intake, a...

    Authors: Yalin Zhou, Xiaoyu Zhu, Yong Qin, Yong Li, Minjia Zhang, Wei Liu, Hanming Huang and Yajun Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:172

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  4. Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) is the process of planning for normal birth and anticipating actions needed in case of emergency. Even though there is no adequate evidences on determinant...

    Authors: Miteku Andualem Limenih, Habitamu Gebrehana Belay and Habitamu Abie Tassew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:171

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  5. Perinatal depression and/or anxiety disorders are undertreated pregnancy complications. This is partly due to low rates of engagement by women. This study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to women a...

    Authors: Alice Ayres, Renee Chen, Tracey Mackle, Emma Ballard, Sue Patterson, George Bruxner and Alka Kothari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:170

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  6. Tubal pregnancy is recognized as one of the most common ectopic pregnancy types. Salpingitis may result in tubal pregnancy by causing fallopian tube occlusion and hydrosalpinx. B cell activation factor (BAFF) ...

    Authors: Jianying Xu, Xingguang Luo, Shihao Qu, Guiyan Yang and Nianchun Shen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:169

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  7. Non-pharmacological interventions hold promise in reducing labour pain, with minimal or no harm to the mother, foetus and the progress of labour and are simple and cost-effective. Yet their use has not been ad...

    Authors: Edward Appiah Boateng, Linda Osaebea Kumi and Abigail Kusi-Amponsah Diji

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:168

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  8. As maternity services evolve and the population of women served also changes, there is a continuing need to effectively document the views of women with recent experience of care. A woman’s maternity experienc...

    Authors: Maggie Redshaw, Colin R. Martin, Emily Savage-McGlynn and Sian Harrison

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:167

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  9. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common reproductive tract disorder in women of child bearing age, accounting for one third of vaginal infections. It is characterized by an increase in vaginal pH, decreased Lacto...

    Authors: Yiewou Marguerithe Kamga, John Palle Ngunde and Jane-Francis K. T. Akoachere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:166

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  10. Regular fetal heart rate monitoring during labor can drastically reduce fresh stillbirths and neonatal mortality through early detection and management of fetal distress. Fetal monitoring in low-resource setti...

    Authors: Sara Rivenes Lafontan, Hussein L. Kidanto, Hege L. Ersdal, Columba K. Mbekenga and Johanne Sundby

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:165

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  11. Preeclampsia remains a significant danger to both mother and child and current prevention and treatment management strategies are limited. The objective of this systematic review was to investigate the current...

    Authors: Sophia Grimes, Kira Bombay, Andrea Lanes, Mark Walker and Daniel J. Corsi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:163

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  12. Korea is in a condition where the impact of patient and supplier factors on cesarean section rates can be clearly described. The cesarean section rates in Korea are among the highest in the world while the num...

    Authors: Agnus M. Kim, Jong Heon Park, Sungchan Kang, Tae Ho Yoon and Yoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:162

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  13. This report describes the results of recruitment efforts and the subsequent participation of pregnant women in study activities in a 2010–2012 observational study focused on influenza illness and vaccination i...

    Authors: Mark G. Thompson, De-Kun Li, Allison L. Naleway, Jeannette R. Ferber, Michelle L. Henninger, Pat Shifflett, Leslie Z. Sokolow, Roxana Odouli, Tia L. Kauffman, Rebecca V. Fink, Joanna Bulkley, Janet D. Cragan and Sam Bozeman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:161

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  14. Prenatal risk stratification of women with previous cesarean section (CS) by ultrasound thickness measurement of the lower uterine segment (LUS) is challenging. There is a wide range of proposed cutoff values ...

    Authors: Janine Hoffmann, Marc Exner, Kristina Bremicker, Matthias Grothoff, Patrick Stumpp and Holger Stepan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:160

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  15. Diabetes during pregnancy is an increasingly common metabolic disorder, associated with significantly increased risks for both mother and child. Aim of this study was to compare maternal and perinatal outcomes...

    Authors: Anna Stogianni, Lena Lendahls, Mona Landin-Olsson and Maria Thunander

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:159

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  16. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal related to maternal and neonatal outcomes, the World Health Organization advocates for a first antenatal care (ANC) contact before 12 weeks of gestation. In order to...

    Authors: Thinley Dorji, Mrinalini Das, Rafael Van den Bergh, Myo Minn Oo, Sonam Gyamtsho, Karma Tenzin, Tashi Tshomo and Sonam Ugen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:158

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  17. Muslim women of child-bearing age make up a fair part of the UK society, however, literature addressing their health needs or experiences of health services have not been extensively researched. The term ‘Musl...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:156

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  18. Globally, an increasing number of women give birth in a healthcare facility. Improvement in the quality of care is crucial if preventable maternal mortality and morbidity are to be reduced. A Patient Reported ...

    Authors: Fiona Dickinson, Mary McCauley, Helen Smith and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:155

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  19. Expectant parents often have optimistic expectations of the obstetric ultrasound examination and are unprepared for a diagnosis of foetal anomaly. Research that gives voice to the experiences of immigrants fac...

    Authors: Tommy Carlsson, Banaz Balbas and Elisabet Mattsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:154

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  20. Birth ball is one of the non-pharmacologic pain relief methods to help mothers cope with the labouring process. A randomised controlled trial (RCT) is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness, safety and harm o...

    Authors: May Pui Shan Yeung, Katrina Wai Kay Tsang, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip, Wing Hung Tam, Wan Yim Ip, Florence Wai Lei Hau, Margaret Kit Wah Wong, Judy Wai Ying Ng, Sau Ha Liu, Sophia Shu Wing Chan, Chi Kin Law and Samuel Yeung Shan Wong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:153

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Child marriage is associated with adverse reproductive health outcomes, and the practice is still alarmingly common. Together with efforts to end child marriage, it is essential to provide adequate health care...

    Authors: Binita Maharjan, Poonam Rishal and Joar Svanemyr

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:152

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  22. In 2002, the MOREOB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) obstetrical patient safety program was phased-in across hospitals in Ontario, Canada. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the effect of the MOREOB ...

    Authors: Deborah Weiss, Deshayne B. Fell, Ann E. Sprague, Mark C. Walker, Sandra Dunn, Jessica Reszel, Wendy E. Peterson, Doug Coyle and Monica Taljaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:151

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  23. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analyses was to assess the risk of preeclampsia among women who conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART).

    Authors: Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Reza Omani-Samani, Maryam Mohammadi, Payam Amini, Behnaz Navid, Ahad Alizadeh, Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae and Saman Maroufizadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:149

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  24. The use of post-partum family planning (PPFP) methods such as post-partum intrauterine device (PPIUD) in general remains low despite its benefits for the women. The reasons or factors affecting the uptake and ...

    Authors: Kusum Thapa, Rolina Dhital, Sameena Rajbhandari, Shreedhar Acharya, Sangeeta Mishra, Sunil Mani Pokhrel, Saroja Pande, Emily-Ann Tunnacliffe and Anita Makins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:148

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  25. We investigated the association between antidepressant and anxiolytic exposure during the first and early second trimester of pregnancy (< 16 weeks), and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (including preeclam...

    Authors: Nathalie Bernard, Jean-Claude Forest, George M. Tarabulsy, Emmanuel Bujold, Damien Bouvier and Yves Giguère

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:146

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  26. Excess gestational weight gain (GWG) is common among women with overweight or obesity, increasing their risks for pregnancy complications, delivering a large infant, and postpartum weight retention. To date, o...

    Authors: Susan D. Brown, Monique M. Hedderson, Samantha F. Ehrlich, Maren N. Galarce, Ai-Lin Tsai, Charles P. Quesenberry and Assiamira Ferrara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:145

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. The EVERREST Prospective Study is a multicentre observational cohort study of pregnancies affected by severe early-onset fetal growth restriction. The study recruits women with singleton pregnancies where the ...

    Authors: Merryl E. Harvey, Anna L. David, Jade Dyer and Rebecca Spencer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:144

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  28. Pregnancy increases the risk of recurrent bacteriuria and acute pyelonephritis which is associated with significant maternal and fetal risks. The prevalence of bacteriuria varies worldwide. Clinical diagnosis ...

    Authors: Charlotte Tchente Nguefack, Cecile Okalla Ebongue, Chrystelle Nouwe Chokotheu, Cedric Ebong Ewougo, Théophile Nana Njamen and Emile Mboudou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:143

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  29. Most women who have a caesarean can safely have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) for their next birth, but more women have an elective repeat caesarean than a VBAC.

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:142

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  30. There is evidence that supervised delivery has the potential to improve birth outcomes for both women and newborns. However, not all women especially in low-income settings like Ghana use supervised delivery s...

    Authors: John Kuumuori Ganle, Mathew Loyarl Kombet and Leonard Baatiema

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:141

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  31. Previous research examining the birth of the placenta has focussed on quantitative outcomes comparing active and expectant (physiological) management. However, it is also important to understand women’s experi...

    Authors: Rachel Reed, Laura Gabriel and Lauren Kearney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:140

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  32. In Sweden, three to four out of every 1000 pregnancies end in stillbirth each year. The aim of this study was to investigate whether women who had experienced stillbirth perceived that they had received an exp...

    Authors: Berit Höglund, Ingela Rådestad and Ingegerd Hildingsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:139

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  33. Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and child health outcomes, including poor mental health. Previous IPV research has largely focused on women’s victimization ...

    Authors: Jordan L. Thomas, Jessica B. Lewis, Isabel Martinez, Shayna D. Cunningham, Moiuri Siddique, Jonathan N. Tobin and Jeannette R. Ickovics

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:120

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  34. It has been reported that earlier age at menarche is associated with a higher risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the relationship between age at menarche and gestational diabetes mellitus is inconsist...

    Authors: Liying Wang, Bing Yan, Xiulin Shi, Haiqu Song, Weijuan Su, Bingkun Huang, Yuxian Zhang, Shunhua Wang, Fuping Lv, Mingzhu Lin and Xuejun Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:138

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  35. Prenatal care has been validated to provide medical and educational counselling intended to reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy conditions and improve the maternal and fetal outcomes. Prenatal targeted inform...

    Authors: Angela Vinturache, Anika Winn, Cynthia Mannion and Suzanne Tough

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:136

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  36. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a risk factor for diabetes mellitus. The 75-g, 2-h oral glucose tolerance test is recommended for mothers with a history of GDM to screen for diabetes in the postnatal pe...

    Authors: Zhu-yun Liu, Juan-juan Zhao, Ling-ling Gao and Alex Y. Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:134

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  37. There is a growing recognition that quality of care must improve in facility-based deliveries to achieve further global reductions in maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Better measurement of care qu...

    Authors: Vandana Tripathi, Cynthia Stanton, Donna Strobino and Linda Bartlett

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:133

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  38. Cesarean section (CS) is an important intervention in complicated births when the safety of the mother or baby is compromised. Despite worldwide concerns about the overutilization of CS in recent years, many A...

    Authors: Emily B. Atuheire, Denis Nixon Opio, Daniel Kadobera, Alex R. Ario, Joseph K. B. Matovu, Julie Harris, Lilian Bulage, Blandina Nakiganda, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Bao-Ping Zhu and Frank Kaharuza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:132

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  39. Many countries offer screening programmes to unborn and newborn babies (antenatal and newborn screening) to identify those at risk of certain conditions to aid earlier diagnosis and treatment. Technological ad...

    Authors: Caroline M. Vass, Susanne Georgsson, Fiona Ulph and Katherine Payne

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:131

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  40. There is high-quality evidence supporting induction of labour (IOL) for a number of maternal and fetal indications. However, one fifth of inductions fail to result in vaginal births, requiring cesarean deliver...

    Authors: Sepand Alavifard, Kennedy Meier, Yonatan Shulman, George Tomlinson and Rohan D’Souza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:130

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  41. Pregnancy and infant loss has a pervasive impact on families, health systems, and communities. During and after loss, compassionate, individualized, and skilled support from professionals and organizations is ...

    Authors: Jo Watson, Anne Simmonds, Michelle La Fontaine and Megan E. Fockler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:129

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  42. There are controversies over the effects of Ramadan fasting on pregnancy outcomes, and women’s perspectives of fasting are diverse. This study aimed to assess the perspectives and pregnancy outcomes of materna...

    Authors: Kolsoom Safari, Tiran Jamil Piro and Hamdia Mirkhan Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:128

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  43. Previous research has shown that developing countries account for the majority of maternal deaths around the world. Relatively high maternal mortality in developing countries has been linked to high HIV preval...

    Authors: Choolwe Muzyamba, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova and Sonila M. Tomini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:127

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  44. Maternal obesity has a wide range of health effects on both the pregnant woman and developing fetus. The clinical significance of these disorders, combined with a dramatically increasing prevalence of obesity ...

    Authors: Abaigeal M. Thompson and James A. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:126

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  45. Fetal weight estimation is of key importance in the decision-making process for obstetric planning and management. The literature is inconsistent on the accuracy of measurements with either ultrasound or clini...

    Authors: Oliver Preyer, Heinrich Husslein, Nicole Concin, Anna Ridder, Maciej Musielak, Christian Pfeifer, Willi Oberaigner and Peter Husslein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:122

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