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  1. Determinants of regional variation in caesarean sections can contribute explanations for the observed overall increasing trend of caesarean sections. We assessed which mechanism explains the higher rate of cae...

    Authors: Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Niklas Schmedt, Jun Zhang, Christina Lindemann, Ingo Langner and Edeltraut Garbe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:99

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and cytomegalovirus (CMV) can negatively affect pregnancy outcomes, but can be prevented by simple precautions of pregnant women. Literature suggests that pregnant women are not alwa...

    Authors: Monique T R Pereboom, Judith Manniën, Evelien R Spelten, François G Schellevis and Eileen K Hutton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:98

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Social factors affect the risk of very preterm birth and may affect subsequent outcomes in those born preterm. We assessed the influence of neighbourhood socio-economic characteristics on the risk and outcomes...

    Authors: Mercedes Bonet, Lucy K Smith, Hugo Pilkington, Elizabeth S Draper and Jennifer Zeitlin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:97

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is now the commonest congenital form of infective neurological handicap, recognized by the Institute of Medicine as the leading priority for the developed world in congenital in...

    Authors: Susan P Walker, Ricardo Palma-Dias, Erica M Wood, Paul Shekleton and Michelle L Giles

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:96

    Content type: Debate

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  5. Women presenting with reduced fetal movements (RFM) in the third trimester are at increased risk of stillbirth or fetal growth restriction. These outcomes after RFM are related to smaller fetal size on ultraso...

    Authors: Alexander EP Heazell, Giovanna Bernatavicius, Stephen A Roberts, Ainslie Garrod, Melissa K Whitworth, Edward D Johnstone, Joanna C Gillham and Tina Lavender

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:95

    Content type: Research article

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  6. An intercultural birthing house was established in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, as an intervention to reduce maternal mortality among indigenous women. This birth center, known locally as the Casa Materna, i...

    Authors: Kathryn Tucker, Hector Ochoa, Rosario Garcia, Kirsty Sievwright, Amy Chambliss and Margaret C Baker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:94

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. Near misses occur in larger numbers than maternal deaths hence they allow for a more comprehensive analysis of risk factors and determina...

    Authors: Ikeola A Adeoye, Adedeji A Onayade and Adesegun O Fatusi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:93

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Postpartum follow up of women who have been found to have gestational diabetes during pregnancy is essential because of the strong association of gestational diabetes with subsequent type 2 diabetes. Postal re...

    Authors: Emer Heatley, Philippa Middleton, William Hague and Caroline Crowther

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:92

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Magnesium sulphate is currently recommended for neuroprotection of preterm infants for women at risk of preterm birth at less than 30 weeks’ gestation, based on high quality evidence of benefit. However there ...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, Philippa F Middleton, Dominic Wilkinson, Pat Ashwood and Ross Haslam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:91

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. To identify risk factors, beyond fetal weight, associated with adverse maternal outcomes in delivering infants with a birthweight of 4000 g or greater, and to quantify their role in maternal complications.

    Authors: Florent Fuchs, Jean Bouyer, Patrick Rozenberg and Marie-Victoire Senat

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:90

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Severe perineal trauma occurs in 0.5-10% of vaginal births and can result in significant morbidity including pain, dyspareunia and faecal incontinence. The aim of this study is to determine the risk of recurre...

    Authors: Holly Priddis, Hannah G Dahlen, Virginia Schmied, Annie Sneddon, Christine Kettle, Chris Brown and Charlene Thornton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:89

    Content type: Research article

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  12. There is limited evidence about the ways in which maternal age and mode of conception interact with psychological, sociodemographic, health and health service factors in governing pregnancy health. The aim of ...

    Authors: Jane Fisher, Karen Wynter, Karin Hammarberg, John McBain, Frances Gibson, Jacky Boivin and Catherine McMahon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:88

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality amongst women of reproductive age. Tubal EP is well described in industrialised countries, but less is known about its impact in low-reso...

    Authors: Nancy N Hamura, John W Bolnga, Regina Wangnapi, Andrew W Horne, Stephen J Rogerson and Holger W Unger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:86

    Content type: Research article

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  14. First trimester Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) levels, routinely measured for aneuploidy screening, may predict development of preeclampsia. This study tests the hypothesis that first trimester...

    Authors: Aditi R Saxena, Ellen W Seely, Janet W Rich-Edwards, Louise E Wilkins-Haug, S Ananth Karumanchi and Thomas F McElrath

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:85

    Content type: Research article

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  15. In 2010, the NIH and ACOG recommended increasing women’s access to trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). This study explored access to TOLAC in California, change in access since 2007 and 2010, and characteri...

    Authors: Mary K Barger, Jennifer Templeton Dunn, Sage Bearman, Megan DeLain and Elena Gates

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:83

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Preeclampsia is a hypertensive, multi-system pregnancy disorder whose pathophysiology remains unclear. Elevations in circulating soluble endoglin (sENG) and placental/blood ENG mRNA expression antedate the clinic...

    Authors: Mandy J Bell, James M Roberts, Sandra A Founds, Arun Jeyabalan, Lauren Terhorst and Yvette P Conley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:82

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Despite the potential of prenatal care for addressing many pregnancy complications and concurrent health problems, non-western women in industrialized western countries more often make inadequate use of prenat...

    Authors: Agatha W Boerleider, Therese A Wiegers, Judith Manniën, Anneke L Francke and Walter LJM Devillé

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:81

    Content type: Research article

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  18. In Australia, approximately 0.1% of births occur to women 45 years or older and this rate has been increasing in recent years. There are however, few population based studies examining perinatal outcomes among...

    Authors: Mary C Carolan, Mary-Ann Davey, Maryanne Biro and Michelle Kealy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:80

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Fetal unilateral lung agenesis, complicated with cardiac shifting, is a rare anomaly, the diagnosis of which remains a challenge for many sonographers in routine screening programs. The present study describes...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Miao Fan, Wei-dong Ren, Li-mei Xie, Chang-wei Ding, Wei Sun, Yu Wang, Ya-jun Guo and Ai-lu Cai

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:79

    Content type: Research article

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  20. About 20 million cesareans occur each year in the world and rates have steadily increased in almost all middle- and high-income countries over the last decades. Maternal request is often argued as one of the k...

    Authors: Maria Regina Torloni, Ana Pilar Betrán, Pilar Montilla, Elisa Scolaro, Armando Seuc, Agustina Mazzoni, Fernando Althabe, Francesca Merzagora, Gian Paolo Donzelli and Mario Merialdi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:78

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The prevalence and detrimental health effects of intimate partner violence have resulted in international discussions and recommendations that health care professionals should screen women for intimate partner...

    Authors: Heidi Stöckl, Linda Hertlein, Isabelle Himsl, Nina Ditsch, Carolin Blume, Uwe Hasbargen, Klaus Friese and Doris Stöckl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:77

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Uterine rupture is a common complication in women attempting their first virginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) but the risk diminishes with subsequent VBACs. It occurs in rates of 0.5-9% and is influen...

    Authors: Aruyaru Stanley Mwenda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:76

    Content type: Case report

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  23. Pregnant women were recruited into the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study in two cities in Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton. In Calgary, a larger proportion of women obtain obstetrical care fr...

    Authors: Donna P Manca, Maeve O’Beirne, Teresa Lightbody, David W Johnston, Dayna-Lynn Dymianiw, Katarzyna Nastalska, Lubna Anis, Sarah Loehr, Anne Gilbert and Bonnie J Kaplan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:75

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Abuse in health care (AHC) has been associated with potential severe health consequences, and has further been related to maternal morbidity and mortality in childbirth. To improve our understanding of what qu...

    Authors: Anne-Mette Schroll, Hanne Kjærgaard and Julie Midtgaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:74

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Maternal and perinatal mortality continue to be a high priority problem on the health agendas of less developed countries. Despite the progress made in the last decade to quantify the magnitude of maternal mor...

    Authors: Edgar Kestler, Dilys Walker, Anabelle Bonvecchio, Sandra Sáenz de Tejada and Allan Donner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:73

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. Infertility is a global reproductive health issue that affects many individuals and couples. Despite the high prevalence of infertility in Ghana, no study has been done on the experiences of infertile couples ...

    Authors: Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong and Philip Baba Adongo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:72

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) recommend universal prenatal screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) to identify candidates for intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent early onset neonatal GBS infecti...

    Authors: Jussara M Silva, Airton T Stein, Holger J Schünemann, Ronaldo Bordin, Ricardo Kuchenbecker and Maria de Lourdes Drachler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:68

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Induction of labour is a common obstetric procedure. At present, different methods are used for induction of labour in women with an unfavourable cervix. Recently, we showed that in term women with an unfavora...

    Authors: Mieke LG ten Eikelder, Femke Neervoort, Katrien Oude Rengerink, Marta Jozwiak, Jan-Willem de Leeuw, Irene de Graaf, Maria G van Pampus, Maureen Franssen, Martijn Oudijk, Paulien van der Salm, Mallory Woiski, Paula JM Pernet, A Hanneke Feitsma, Huib van Vliet, Martina Porath, Frans Roumen…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:67

    Content type: Study protocol

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:183

  29. Smoking during pregnancy and in the postnatal period is a major cause of low birth weight and a range of adverse infant health outcomes. Stop smoking services can double quit rates, but only 17% of pregnant wo...

    Authors: Theresa M Marteau, Josephine Thorne, Paul Aveyard, Julie Hirst and Rachel Sokal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:66

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) has well recognised adverse health implications for the mother and her newborn that are both short and long term. Obesity is a significant risk factor for developing GDM and...

    Authors: Cate Nagle, Helen Skouteris, Heather Morris, Alison Nankervis, Bodil Rasmussen, Peter Mayall and Richard L Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:65

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Obstetric fistula is a severe condition which can have devastating consequences for a woman’s life. Despite a considerable literature, very little is known about its prevalence. This project was conducted to c...

    Authors: Alma J Adler, Samantha Fox, Oona M R Campbell and Hannah Kuper

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:64

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Although record linkage of routinely collected health datasets is a valuable research resource, most datasets are established for administrative purposes and not for health outcomes research. In order for mean...

    Authors: Lyn Colvin, Linda Slack-Smith, Fiona J Stanley and Carol Bower

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:63

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Recent declines in the provision of prenatal care by family physicians and the integration of midwives into the Canadian health care system have led to a shift in the pattern of prenatal care provision; howeve...

    Authors: Amy Metcalfe, Kristen Grabowska, Carol Weller and Suzanne C Tough

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:62

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy affects 2-8% of women and is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk later in life. There is little information about the knowledge o...

    Authors: May-Britt Heidrich, Daniela Wenzel, Constantin S von Kaisenberg, Cordula Schippert and Frauke M von Versen-Höynck

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:61

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Defining male involvement during pregnancy is essential for the development of future research and appropriate interventions to optimize services aiming to improve birth outcomes. Study Aim: To define male inv...

    Authors: Amina P Alio, Cindi A Lewis, Kenneth Scarborough, Kenn Harris and Kevin Fiscella

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:60

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Based on the realization that Uganda is not on track to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with other partners proposed to conduct two ...

    Authors: Gertrude Namazzi, Kiwanuka Suzanne N, Waiswa Peter, Bua John, Okui Olico, Allen Katharine A, Hyder Adnan A and Ekirapa Kiracho Elizabeth

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:58

    Content type: Research article

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  37. In Kenya, about 3000 fistula cases are estimated to occur every year with an incidence of 1/1000 women. This study sought to identify risk factors associated with developing obstetrics fistula in order to guid...

    Authors: Zeinab Gura Roka, Mathias Akech, Peter Wanzala, Jared Omolo, Sheba Gitta and Peter Waiswa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:56

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Traditional birth attendants retain an important role in reproductive and maternal health in Tanzania. The Tanzanian Government promotes TBAs in order to provide maternal and neonatal health counselling and in...

    Authors: Constanze Pfeiffer and Rosemarie Mwaipopo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:55

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Life transitions are associated with high levels of stress affecting health behaviours among people with Type 1 diabetes. Transition to motherhood is a major transition with potential complications accelerated...

    Authors: Bodil Rasmussen, Trisha Dunning, Christel Hendrieckx, Mari Botti and Jane Speight

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:54

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Delaying the first childbirth to an advanced age has increased significantly during the last decades, but little is known about older first time mothers’ experience of childbirth. This study investigates the a...

    Authors: Vigdis Aasheim, Ulla Waldenström, Svein Rasmussen and Erica Schytt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:53

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) and insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) must be provided during antenatal care (AN...

    Authors: Marielle Karine Bouyou-Akotet, Denise Patricia Mawili-Mboumba and Maryvonne Kombila

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:52

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Obesity is increasing in the child-bearing population as are the rates of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is associated with higher rates of Cesarean Section for the mother and increased risks of ma...

    Authors: Marloes Dekker Nitert, Helen L Barrett, Katie Foxcroft, Anne Tremellen, Shelley Wilkinson, Barbara Lingwood, Jacinta M Tobin, Chris McSweeney, Peter O’Rourke, H David McIntyre and Leonie K Callaway

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:50

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. The editors of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 12 (2012).

    Authors: Emily Crow

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:28

    Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

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