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  1. Research article

    Quality of Midwife-provided Intrapartum Care in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

    Despite much progress recently, Ethiopia remains one of the largest contributors to the global burden of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Ethiopia’s plan to meet the sustainable development goals f...

    Tegbar Yigzaw, Fantu Abebe, Lalem Belay, Yewulsew Assaye, Equlinet Misganaw, Ashebir Kidane, Desalegn Ademie, Jos van Roosmalen, Jelle Stekelenburg and Young-Mi Kim

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:261

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Trial of labour or elective repeat caesarean delivery:are women making an informed decision at Kenyatta national hospital?

    Trial of labour is a safe option for most women after one previous caesarean delivery. However, the proportion of women attempting trial of labour after previous caesarean delivery (TOLAC) has been declining i...

    Phocas Biraboneye S, Omondi Ogutu, Jos van Roosmalen, Samson Wanjala, Kizito Lubano and John Kinuthia

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:260

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Developing quality indicators for assessing quality of birth centre care: a mixed- methods study

    Birth centres are described as settings where women with uncomplicated pregnancies can give birth in a home-like environment assisted by midwives and maternity care assistants. If complications arise or threat...

    Inge C. Boesveld, Marieke A. A. Hermus, Hanneke J. de Graaf, Marit Hitzert, Karin M. van der Pal-de Bruin, Raymond G. de Vries, Arie Franx and Therese A. Wiegers

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:259

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Progesterone in women with arrested premature labor, a report of a randomised clinical trial and updated meta-analysis

    Progesterone may be effective in prevention of premature birth in some high risk populations. Women with arrested premature labor are at risk of recurrent labor and maintenance therapy with standard tocolytics...

    Stephen Wood, Yacov Rabi, Selphee Tang, Rollin Brant and Susan Ross

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:258

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Geographical differences in perinatal health and child welfare in the Netherlands: rationale for the healthy pregnancy 4 all-2 program

    Geographical inequalities in perinatal health and child welfare require attention. To improve the identification, and care, of mothers and young children at risk of adverse health outcomes, the HP4All-2 progra...

    Adja J. M. Waelput, Meertien K. Sijpkens, Jacqueline Lagendijk, Minke R. C. van Minde, Hein Raat, Hiske E. Ernst-Smelt, Marlou L. A. de Kroon, Ageeth N. Rosman, Jasper V. Been, Loes C. M. Bertens and Eric A. P. Steegers

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:254

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Factors influencing timely initiation and completion of gestational diabetes mellitus screening and diagnosis - a qualitative study from Tamil Nadu, India

    In 2007, universal screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was introduced in Tamil Nadu, India. To identify factors hindering or facilitating timely initiation and completion of the GDM screening and...

    Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, Thilde Rheinländer, Anil Kapur, Peter Damm, Veerasamy Seshiah and Ib C. Bygbjerg

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:255

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  7. Research article

    The specific and combined role of domestic violence and mental health disorders during pregnancy on new-born health

    Addressing impaired foetal growth is recognized as a public health priority. Certain risk factors for this condition, such as poor nutritional status at birth, have been found to be highly correlated with pove...

    Alexandre Archanjo Ferraro, Luis Augusto Rohde, Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk, Adriana Argeu, Euripides Constantino Miguel, Sandra Josefina Ferraz Ellero Grisi and Bacy Fleitlich-Bilyk

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:257

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Arabin cervical pessary for prevention of preterm birth in cases of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome treated by fetoscopic LASER coagulation: the PECEP LASER randomised controlled trial

    Fetoscopic LASER coagulation of the placental anastomoses has changed the prognosis of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. However, the prematurity rate in this cohort remains very high. To date, strategies propos...

    Carlota Rodó, Sílvia Arévalo, Liesbeth Lewi, Isabel Couck, Bettina Hollwitz, Kurt Hecher and Elena Carreras

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:256

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Care of the mother-infant dyad: a novel approach to conducting and evaluating neonatal resuscitation simulation training in Bihar, India

    As the global under-five mortality rate declines, an increasing percentage is attributable to early neonatal mortality. A quarter of early neonatal deaths are due to perinatal asphyxia. However, neonatal resus...

    Brennan Vail, Hilary Spindler, Melissa C. Morgan, Susanna R. Cohen, Amelia Christmas, Pramod Sah, Malay B. Shah, Aritra Das and Dilys M. Walker

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:252

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  10. Research article

    A cross sectional study of maternal near miss and mortality at a rural tertiary centre in southern nigeria

    The study evaluated the pattern of severe maternal outcome, near miss indicators and associated patient and healthcare factors at a private referral hospital in rural Nigeria.

    Ikechukwu Innocent Mbachu, Chukwuemeka Ezeama, Kelechi Osuagwu, Osita Samuel Umeononihu, Chibuzor Obiannika and Nkeiru Ezeama

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:251

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Women’s satisfaction with intrapartum care in St Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College Addis Ababa Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

    Satisfaction during intrapartum care is the most influential attribute on maternal health service return behaviors and utilization. Measuring satisfaction of women with intrapartum care helps to address the pr...

    Tangute Demas, Tewodros Getinet, Delayehu Bekele, Teshome Gishu, Malede Birara and Yemesrach Abeje

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:253

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Causal explanations of miscarriage amongst Qataris

    Despite its commonality, there is a paucity of literature on miscarriage in non-Western societies. In particular, there is little understanding of how people ascribe cause to miscarriage. This research sought ...

    Susie Kilshaw, Nadia Omar, Stella Major, Mona Mohsen, Faten El Taher, Halima Al Tamimi, Kristina Sole and Daniel Miller

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:250

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Iodine nutritional status of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia

    Sufficient iodine intake is needed during pregnancy to ensure proper fetal development. The iodine levels of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia are currently unknown. This data would help...

    Maria Teresa Torres, Lidia Francés, Lluis Vila, Josep María Manresa, Gemma Falguera, Gemma Prieto, Roser Casamitjana and Pere Toran

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:249

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Adverse events in women and children who have received intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis treatment: a systematic review

    Adverse events from intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) are poorly documented yet essential to inform clinical practice for neonatal group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease prevention. In this systematic review,...

    Farah Seedat, Chris Stinton, Jacoby Patterson, Julia Geppert, Bee Tan, Esther R. Robinson, Noel Denis McCarthy, Olalekan A. Uthman, Karoline Freeman, Samantha Ann Johnson, Hannah Fraser, Colin Stewart Brown, Aileen Clarke and Sian Taylor-Phillips

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:247

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Incident HIV during pregnancy and early postpartum period: a population-based cohort study in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    The evidence on the effect of pregnancy on acquiring HIV is conflicting, with studies reporting both higher and lower HIV acquisition risk during pregnancy when prolonged antiretroviral therapy was accessible....

    Terusha Chetty, Alain Vandormael, Claire Thorne and Anna Coutsoudis

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:248

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  16. Case report

    Advanced abdominal pregnancy, with live fetus and severe preeclampsia, case report

    Abdominal pregnancy may account for up to 1.4% of all ectopic pregnancies. The incidence of abdominal pregnancy differs in various literatures and ranges between 1:10,000 pregnancies to 1:30, 000 pregnancies. ...

    Fekade Getachew Hailu, Getnet Tesfaye Yihunie, Ahmed Amdihun Essa and Walelign kindie Tsega

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:243

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Longer travel time to district hospital worsens neonatal outcomes: a retrospective cross-sectional study of the effect of delays in receiving emergency cesarean section in Rwanda

    In low-resource settings, access to emergency cesarean section is associated with various delays leading to poor neonatal outcomes. In this study, we described the delays a mother faces when needing emergency ...

    Joseph Niyitegeka, Georges Nshimirimana, Allison Silverstein, Jackline Odhiambo, Yihan Lin, Theoneste Nkurunziza, Robert Riviello, Stephen Rulisa, Paulin Banguti, Hema Magge, Martin Macharia, Regis Habimana and Bethany Hedt-Gauthier

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:242

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  18. Research article

    Approaches to health-care provider education and professional development in perinatal depression: a systematic review

    Perinatal depression is the most common mental illness experienced by pregnant and postpartum women, yet it is often under-detected and under-treated. Some researchers suggest this may be partly influenced by ...

    Laura E. Legere, Katherine Wallace, Angela Bowen, Karen McQueen, Phyllis Montgomery and Marilyn Evans

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:239

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  19. Research article

    Magnesium sulfate for 6 vs 24 hours post delivery in patients who received magnesium sulfate for less than 8 hours before birth: a randomized clinical trial

    To compare the benefits of magnesium sulfate for 24 h (h) postpartum versus 6 h postpartum in patients who received magnesium sulfate (Mg) for less than 8 h before birth.

    Paulino Vigil-De Gracia, Ricardo Ramirez, Yarelys Durán and Arelis Quintero

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:241

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  20. Research article

    Carriage and serotype distribution of Streptococcus agalactiae in third trimester pregnancy in southern Ghana

    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci, GBS) among healthy, pregnant women attending antenatal care at different study sites in the Greater Accra R...

    Hans-Christian Slotved, Nicholas T. K. D. Dayie, Josephine A. N. Banini and Niels Frimodt-Møller

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:238

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  21. Research article

    The prevalence and risk factors of preterm small-for-gestational-age infants: a population-based retrospective cohort study in rural Chinese population

    Preterm birth and small for gestational age (SGA) are strong indicators of neonatal adverse outcomes. With the growing importance of preterm SGA infants, we aim to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors for ...

    Shi Chen, Rong Zhu, Huijuan Zhu, Hongbo Yang, Fengying Gong, Linjie Wang, Yu Jiang, Bill Q. Lian, Chengsheng Yan, Jianqiang Li, Qing Wang, Shi-kun Zhang and Hui Pan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:237

    Published on: 20 July 2017

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