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  1. After more than two decades of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and Millennium Development Goals aimed at reducing maternal mortality, women continue to die in childbirth at unacceptably high rates in Pakistan. ...

    Authors: Zubia Mumtaz, Sarah Salway, Laura Shanner, Shakila Zaman and Lory Laing

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:80

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. Preterm birth is a global problem, with a prevalence of 8 to 12% depending on location. Several large trials and systematic reviews have shown progestogens to be effective in preventing or delaying preterm bir...

    Authors: Jane E Norman, Andrew Shennan, Phillip Bennett, Steven Thornton, Stephen Robson, Neil Marlow, John Norrie, Stavros Petrou, Neil Sebire, Tina Lavender and Sonia Whyte

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:79

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  3. Obstetrical interventions, including caesarean sections, are increasing in Canada. Canadian women’s psychological states, fatigue, and sleep have not been examined prospectively for contributions to obstetric ...

    Authors: Wendy A Hall, Kathrin Stoll, Eileen K Hutton and Helen Brown

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:78

    Content type: Research article

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  4. As discontinuation in in vitro fertilization (IVF) programs has been associated with a poor prognosis, one hypothesis is that some couple-specific predictive factors in IVF may be shared with opposite effect by b...

    Authors: Pénélope Troude, Sophie Ancelet, Juliette Guibert, Jean-Luc Pouly, Jean Bouyer and Elise de La Rochebrochard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:77

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Good nutrition is essential for increasing survival rates of infants. This study explored infant feeding practices in a resource-poor setting and assessed implications for future interventions focused on impro...

    Authors: Raymond Akawire Aborigo, Cheryl A Moyer, Sarah Rominski, Philip Adongo, John Williams, Gideon Logonia, Gideon Affah, Abraham Hodgson and Cyril Engmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:76

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Perinatal research on anxiety and depression has primarily focused on mothers. We have limited knowledge of fathers’ anxiety during the perinatal period yet there is evidence that the parenting capacity of a p...

    Authors: Jenny Tohotoa, Bruce Maycock, Yvonne L Hauck, Satvinder Dhaliwal, Peter Howat, Sharyn Burns and Colin W Binns

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:75

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Reduction of maternal mortality is a global priority particularly in developing countries including Ethiopia where maternal mortality ratio is one of the highest in the world. The key to reducing maternal mort...

    Authors: Alemayehu Shimeka Teferra, Fekadu Mazengia Alemu and Solomon Meseret Woldeyohannes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:74

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a very important mode of HIV transmission for children. Well-functioning and accessible health facility and knowledge on mother to child transmission of HIV are a prerequ...

    Authors: Marelign Tilahun Malaju and Getu Degu Alene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:73

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Giant placental chorioangiomas have been associated with a number of severe fetal complications and high perinatal mortality.

    Authors: Lutgardo García-Díaz, Práxedes Carreto, Susana Costa-Pereira and Guillermo Antiñolo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:72

    Content type: Case report

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  10. The costs of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) screening have been frequently reported, but total GDM-related health care costs compared to the health care costs of women without GDM have not been reported. ...

    Authors: Päivi Kolu, Jani Raitanen, Pekka Rissanen and Riitta Luoto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:71

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Antenatal care (ANC) provides an important opportunity for pregnant women with a wide range of interventions and is considered as an important basic component of reproductive health care.

    Authors: Angelo S Nyamtema, Alise Bartsch-de Jong, David P Urassa, Jaap P Hagen and Jos van Roosmalen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:70

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The effect of pregnancy intention on post-natal practices like breastfeeding is still poorly understood in the Philippines. In this light, this study aims to determine the association between pregnancy intenti...

    Authors: Valerie Gilbert T Ulep and Maridel P Borja

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:69

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Two out of three neonatal deaths occur in just 10 countries and Pakistan stands third among them. Maternal mortality is also high with most deaths occurring during labor, birth, and first few hours after birth...

    Authors: Muhammad Amir Khan, Shirin Mirza, Maqsood Ahmed, Akhtar Rasheed, Amanullah Khan, John Walley and Nailah Nisar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:67

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  14. The use of maternal health services, known as an indirect indicator of perinatal death, is still unknown in Lubumbashi. The present study was therefore undertaken in order to determine the factors that influen...

    Authors: Abel Ntambue ML, Françoise Malonga K, Michèle Dramaix-Wilmet and Philippe Donnen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:66

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Shivering and fever are common side effects of misoprostol. An unexpectedly high rate of fever above 40°C was documented among Ecuadorian women given treatment with 800mcg of sublingual misoprostol to manage p...

    Authors: Wilfrido León, Jill Durocher, Gustavo Barrera, Ernesto Pinto and Beverly Winikoff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:65

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing worldwide. GDM and the risks associated with GDM lead to increased health care costs and losses in productivity. The objective of this study ...

    Authors: Nicolette Oostdam, Judith Bosmans, Maurice GAJ Wouters, Elisabeth MW Eekhoff, Willem van Mechelen and Mireille NM van Poppel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:64

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Pain relief during labour is a topic of major interest in the Netherlands. Epidural analgesia is considered to be the most effective method of pain relief and recommended as first choice. However its uptake by...

    Authors: Liv M Freeman, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Maureen TM Franssen, Dimitri NM Papatsonis, Petra J Hajenius, Marloes E van Huizen, Henk A Bremer, Eline SA van den Akker, Mallory D Woiski, Martina M Porath, Erik van Beek, Nico Schuitemaker, Paulien CM van der Salm, Bianca F Fong, Celine Radder, Caroline J Bax…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:63

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Infants born late preterm (34 + 0 to 36 + 6 weeks GA (gestational age)) are known to have higher neonatal morbidity than term (37 + 0 to 41 + 6 weeks GA) infants. There is emerging evidence that these risks ma...

    Authors: Chelsea A Ruth, Noralou Roos, Elske Hildes-Ripstein and Marni Brownell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:62

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Specific genetic contributions for preeclampsia (PE) are currently unknown. This genome-wide association study (GWAS) aims to identify maternal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and copy-number variants (...

    Authors: Linlu Zhao, Elizabeth W Triche, Kyle M Walsh, Michael B Bracken, Audrey F Saftlas, Josephine Hoh and Andrew T Dewan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:61

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Reducing maternal and child mortality requires focused attention on better access, utilisation and coverage of good quality health services and interventions aimed at improving maternal and newborn health amon...

    Authors: Layla Younes, Tanja AJ Houweling, Kishwar Azad, Anthony Costello and Edward Fottrell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:60

    Content type: Research article

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  21. While the reduction in infants’ prone sleeping has led to a temporal decline in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), some aspects of this trend remain unexplained. We assessed whether changes in the gestationa...

    Authors: Sarka Lisonkova, Jennifer A Hutcheon and KS Joseph

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:59

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Diabetes during pregnancy can lead to severe risks for both mother and fetus when it is not managed properly. The use of rigorously developed guidelines with a robust implementation process can have a positive...

    Authors: Marjolein JE Greuter, Nathalie MA van Emmerik, Maurice GAJ Wouters and Maurits W van Tulder

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:58

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The accurate assessment and appropriate repair of birth related perineal trauma require high levels of skill and competency, with evidence based guideline recommendations available to inform UK midwifery pract...

    Authors: Debra E Bick, Khaled M Ismail, Sue Macdonald, Peter Thomas, Sue Tohill and Christine Kettle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:57

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Anaemia, in particular due to iron deficiency, is common in pregnancy with associated negative outcomes for mother and infant. However, there is evidence of significant variation in management. The objectives ...

    Authors: Jacqui A Parker, Filipa Barroso, Simon J Stanworth, Helen Spiby, Sally Hopewell, Carolyn J Doree, Mary J Renfrew and Shubha Allard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:56

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Women’s fears and attitudes to childbirth may influence the maternity care they receive and the outcomes of birth. This study aimed to develop profiles of women according to their attitudes regarding birth and...

    Authors: Helen M Haines, Christine Rubertsson, Julie F Pallant and Ingegerd Hildingsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:55

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Caesarean section (CS) rate is a quality of health care indicator frequently used at national and international level. The aim of this study was to assess whether adjustment for Robson’s Ten Group Classificati...

    Authors: Paola Colais, Maria P Fantini, Danilo Fusco, Elisa Carretta, Elisa Stivanello, Jacopo Lenzi, Giulia Pieri and Carlo A Perucci

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:54

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Preterm birth (PTB) is a substantial health problem that accounts for significant infant morbidity and mortality and poses an economic burden to both individuals and the state of residence. The goal of this st...

    Authors: Kara M Gwin, Ronald Schrader, Kimberley Peters, Armida Moreno, Kristina W Thiel and Kimberly K Leslie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:53

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) in pregnancy is 2-10% and is associated with both maternal and neonatal adverse outcomes as pyelonephritis and preterm delivery. Antibiotic treatment is reporte...

    Authors: Brenda M Kazemier, Caroline Schneeberger, Esteriek De Miranda, Aleid Van Wassenaer, Patrick M Bossuyt, Tatjana E Vogelvang, Frans JL Reijnders, Friso MC Delemarre, Corine JM Verhoeven, Martijn A Oudijk, Jeanine A Van Der Ven, Petra N Kuiper, Nicolette Feiertag, Alewijn Ott, Christianne JM De Groot, Ben Willem J Mol…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:52

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Little information is known about what information women want when choosing a birth facility. The objective of this study was to inform the development of a consumer decision support tool about birth facility ...

    Authors: Rachel Thompson and Aleena M Wojcieszek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:51

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Knowledge, attitudes and practices of community members and healthcare providers in rural northern Ghana regarding clean delivery are not well understood. This study explores hand washing/use of gloves during ...

    Authors: Cheryl A Moyer, Raymond Akawire Aborigo, Gideon Logonia, Gideon Affah, Sarah Rominski, Philip B Adongo, John Williams, Abraham Hodgson and Cyril Engmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:50

    Content type: Research article

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  31. A husband’s support during childbirth is vital to a parturient woman’s emotional well-being. Evidence suggests that this type of support enables a woman to feel more in control during labour by reducing matern...

    Authors: Sabitri Sapkota, Toshio Kobayashi, Masayuki Kakehashi, Gehanath Baral and Istuko Yoshida

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:49

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  32. Neonatal sepsis is a worldwide public health issue in which, depending on the studied population, marked variations concerning its risk and prognostic factors have been reported. The aim of this study was to a...

    Authors: Yelda A Leal, José Álvarez-Nemegyei, Juan R Velázquez, Ulises Rosado-Quiab, Nidia Diego-Rodríguez, Etna Paz-Baeza and Jorge Dávila-Velázquez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:48

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Preeclampsia is a frequent syndrome and its cause has been linked to multiple factors, making prevention of the syndrome a continuous challenge. One of the suggested risk factors for preeclampsia is advanced m...

    Authors: Reeta Lamminpää, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Mika Gissler and Seppo Heinonen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:47

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  34. While the importance of the infant-parent relationship from the child’s perspective is acknowledged worldwide, there is still a lack of knowledge about predictors and long-term benefits or consequences of the ...

    Authors: A Janneke BM Maas, Charlotte MJM Vreeswijk, Evi SA de Cock, Catharina HAM Rijk and Hedwig JA van Bakel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:46

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. Postnatal depression can have a substantial impact on the woman, the child and family as a whole. Thus, there is a need to examine different ways of helping women experiencing postnatal depression; encouraging...

    Authors: Amanda J Daley, Kate Jolly, Debbie J Sharp, Katrina M Turner, Ruth V Blamey, Sarah Coleman, Mary McGuinness, Andrea K Roalfe, Ian Jones and Christine MacArthur

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:45

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  36. Comparisons of birth outcomes between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations show marked inequalities. These comparisons obscure Indigenous disparities. There is much variation in terms of cultur...

    Authors: Malinda Steenkamp, Alice Rumbold, Lesley Barclay and Sue Kildea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:44

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) is a serious incidence that has been shown to impact mothers’ psychological well-being in the short-term. Long-term quality of life (QOL) and depression after IUFD is not known....

    Authors: Ida Kathrine Gravensteen, Linda Bjørk Helgadottir, Eva-Marie Jacobsen, Per Morten Sandset and Øivind Ekeberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:43

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  38. Hemorrhage is the leading direct cause of maternal death globally. While oxytocin is the drug of choice for postpartum hemorrhage prevention, its use has generally been limited to health facilities. This trial...

    Authors: Cynthia K Stanton, Samuel Newton, Luke C Mullany, Patience Cofie, Charlotte Tawiah Agyemang, Edward Adiibokah, Niamh Darcy, Sadaf Khan, Alice Levisay, John Gyapong, Deborah Armbruster and Seth Owusu-Agyei

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:42

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. Most women in the UK give birth in a hospital labour ward, following which they are transferred to a postnatal ward and discharged home within 24 to 48 hours of the birth. Despite policy and guideline recommen...

    Authors: Debra Bick, Trevor Murrells, Annette Weavers, Val Rose, Julie Wray and Sarah Beake

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:41

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Pregnant women with prior venous thromboembolism (VTE) are at risk of recurrence. Low molecular weight heparin (LWMH) reduces the risk of pregnancy-related VTE. LMWH prophylaxis is, however, inconvenient, unco...

    Authors: Pablo Alonso-Coello, Shanil Ebrahim, Gordon H Guyatt, Kari AO Tikkinen, Mark H Eckman, Ignacio Neumann, Sarah D McDonald, Elie A Akl and Shannon M Bates

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:40

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  41. Three million babies are stillborn each year and 3.6 million die in the first month of life. In India, early neonatal deaths make up four-fifths of neonatal deaths and infant mortality three-quarters of under-...

    Authors: Ujwala Bapat, Glyn Alcock, Neena Shah More, Sushmita Das, Wasundhara Joshi and David Osrin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:39

    Content type: Research article

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  42. First trimester growth restriction is associated with an increased risk of adverse birth outcomes (preterm birth, low birth weight and small for gestational age at birth). The differences between normal and ab...

    Authors: Nicol AC Smeets, Marc Prudon, Bjorn Winkens and S Guid Oei

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:38

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. Authors: Sophie MS Liem, Dick J Bekedam, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Anneke Kwee, Dimitri NM Papatsonis, Joris AM van der Post, Arianne C Lim, Hubertina CJ Scheepers, Christine Willekes, Johannes J Duvekot, Marc Spaanderman, Martina Porath, Jim van Eyck, Monique C Haak, Marielle G van Pampus, Hein W Bruinse…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:37

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:44

  44. A father’s experience of the birth of his first child is important not only for his birth-giving partner but also for the father himself, his relationship with the mother and the newborn. No validated question...

    Authors: Åsa Premberg, Charles Taft, Anna-Lena Hellström and Marie Berg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:35

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  45. Nearly half the world’s babies are born at home. We sought to evaluate the training, knowledge, skills, and access to medical equipment and testing for home birth attendants across 7 international sites.

    Authors: Ana Garces, Elizabeth M McClure, Elwyn Chomba, Archana Patel, Omrana Pasha, Antoinette Tshefu, Fabian Esamai, Shivaprasad Goudar, Adrien Lokangaka, K Michael Hambidge, Linda L Wright, Marion Koso-Thomas, Carl Bose, Waldemar A Carlo, Edward A Liechty, Patricia L Hibberd…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:34

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  46. 39% of neonatal deaths in India occur on the first day of life, and 57% during the first three days of births. However, the association between postnatal care (PNC) for newborns and neonatal mortality has not ...

    Authors: Abhishek Singh, Awadhesh Yadav and Ashish Singh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:33

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  47. When an ultrasound-based estimate of gestational age (GA) is less (greater) than an estimate based on a definite last menstrual period, the fetus may grow slower (faster) than average. While the association be...

    Authors: Jagteshwar Grewal, Meghan Wernicke and Jun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:32

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Maternity services should take into account the needs of all women, including those related to disability. No reliable information, however, exists on the extent and characteristics of disability in this popul...

    Authors: Dana Šumilo, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Maggie E Redshaw and Ron Gray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:31

    Content type: Research article

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