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  1. Pregnancy results in many changes, including reduced hand grip strength (HGS). However, good HGS is required for physical functions such as carrying and breastfeeding the baby after birth. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Auwal Abdullahi, Amina Shuaib Bala, Sani Musa Danazumi, Saadatu Maiwada Abubakar, Rislanu Isyaku Adamu, Steven Truijen, Musa Kani Zakari, Christopher Olusanjo Akosile, Wim Saeys, Isa Usman Lawal, Mohammed Etoom, Jibril Mohammed Nuhu, Mukadas Akindele Oyeniran, Kabir Isah Mayana and Ushotanefe Useh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:540

    Content type: Research

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  2. The risk of fetal loss is higher among ≥35-year-olds than younger women. The present study aimed to explore the causes and factors influencing fetal loss in advanced maternal age (AMA).

    Authors: Xiaomei Wang, Yuan Lin, Zhaozhen Liu, Xinxin Huang, Rongxin Chen and Huihui Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:538

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  3. Every year approximately 30,000 women die from hypertensive disease in pregnancy. Magnesium sulphate and anti-hypertensives reduce morbidity, but delivery is the only cure. Low dose oral misoprostol, a prostag...

    Authors: Hillary Bracken, Kate Lightly, Shuchita Mundle, Robbie Kerr, Brian Faragher, Thomas Easterling, Simon Leigh, Mark Turner, Zarko Alfirevic, Beverly Winikoff and Andrew Weeks

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:537

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Under-five mortality in Kenya has declined over the past two decades. However, the reduction in the neonatal mortality rate has remained stagnant. In a country with weak civil registration and vital statistics...

    Authors: Beatrice Olack, Nicole Santos, Mary Inziani, Vincent Moshi, Polycarp Oyoo, Grace Nalwa, Linet Christopher OumaOtare, Dilys Walker and Phelgona A. Otieno

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:536

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Domestic violence is a common problem that is related to many serious short-term and long-term health hazards around the world.

    Authors: Reham Elkhateeb, Ayman Abdelmeged, Samar Ahmad, Ahmad Mahran, Walaa Yehia Abdelzaher, Nermeen N. Welson, Yahea Al-Zahrani, Ahmed Mohammed Alhuwaydi and Haitham Ahmed Bahaa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:535

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Maternal HIV increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes including preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, and stillbirth, but the biological mechanism(s) underlying this increased risk are not well understo...

    Authors: Megan E. Smithmyer, Chileshe M. Mabula-Bwalya, Humphrey Mwape, Gabriel Chipili, Bridget M. Spelke, Margaret P. Kasaro, Kristina De Paris, Bellington Vwalika, Yuri V. Sebastião, Jeffrey S.A. Stringer and Joan T. Price

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:534

    Content type: Research article

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  7. A woman’s health at the time of conception lays the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and the lifelong health of her child. We investigated the health behaviours of UK women planning pregnancy.

    Authors: Beth McDougall, Kimberley Kavanagh, Judith Stephenson, Lucilla Poston, Angela C. Flynn and Sara L. White

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:530

    Content type: Research

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  8. Being one of the most common indications of labor induction, postdate pregnancy can lead to serious maternal and fetal complications. In this study we aimed to compare vaginal misoprostol with intracervical Fo...

    Authors: Nazanin Abdi, Azin Alavi, Forough Pakbaz and Hossein Darabi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:533

    Content type: Research

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  9. Preeclampsia is a well-known cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in Ethiopia. The exact pathophysiology has not been fully understood. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies have been given emphasis to play ...

    Authors: Rahel D. Gebreyohannes, Ahmed Abdella, Wondimu Ayele and Ahizechukwu C. Eke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:532

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  10. There is convincing evidence that birth in hospitals with high birth volumes increases the chance of healthy survival in high-risk infants. However, it is unclear whether this is true also for low risk infants...

    Authors: Felix Walther, Denise Kuester, Anja Bieber, Jürgen Malzahn, Mario Rüdiger and Jochen Schmitt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:531

    Content type: Research

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  11. Antepartum stillbirth, i.e., intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) above 24 weeks of gestation, occurs with a prevalence of 2.4–3.1 per 1000 live births in Central Europe. In order to ensure highest standards of tre...

    Authors: Dana A. Muin, Sabrina Neururer, Veronika Rotter, Hermann Leitner, Stephanie Leutgeb, Peter W. Husslein, Herbert Kiss and Petra Kohlberger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:528

    Content type: Research article

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  12. For most women who have had a previous cesarean section, vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is a reasonable and safe choice, but which will increase the risk of adverse outcomes such as uterine ruptur...

    Authors: Yang Mi, Pengfei Qu, Na Guo, Ruimiao Bai, Jiayi Gao, Zhengfeei Ma, Yiping He, Caili Wang and Xiaoqin Luo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:527

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  13. This study aimed to explore the relationship between insulin resistance (IR) and adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and to determine the risk factors for IR in women ...

    Authors: Jing Lin, Hua Jin and Lei Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:526

    Content type: Research

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  14. Globally 90 % of transmission of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is from mother-to child and occurs predominantly in resource limited countries where the prevalence of HBV is high. Transmission could be interrupted by...

    Authors: M. Bierhoff, A. H. Hashmi, C. Pateekhum, W. Jiraporncharoen, W. Wiwattanacharoen, MK Paw, F. H. Nosten, M. J. Rijken, M. Van Vugt, R. McGready and C. Angkurawaranon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:525

    Content type: Research

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  15. Woman-centred care is recognised as a fundamental construct of midwifery practice yet to date, there has been no validated tool available to measure it. This study aims to develop and test a self-report tool t...

    Authors: Deborah L. Davis, Debra K. Creedy, Zoe Bradfield, Elizabeth Newnham, Marjorie Atchan, Lorna Davie, Judith McAra-Couper, Kristen Graham, Christine Griffiths, Linda Sweet and Virginia Stulz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:523

    Content type: Research

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  16. Postpartum depression is one of the most commonly experienced psychological disorders for women after childbirth, usually occurring within one year. This study aimed to clarify whether women with delivery with...

    Authors: Nobuhiro Suzumori, Takeshi Ebara, Hazuki Tamada, Taro Matsuki, Hirotaka Sato, Sayaka Kato, Shinji Saitoh, Michihiro Kamijima and Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:522

    Content type: Research

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  17. Despite numerous benefits for both mom and baby, few infants are exclusively breastfed for the recommended first six months. Additionally, infants are given solids too early. Prenatal education increases rates...

    Authors: Jennifer S. Cauble, Amy Herman, Jo Wick, Jeannine Goetz, Christine M. Daley, Debra K. Sullivan and Holly R. Hull

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:521

    Content type: Research

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  18. Mothers of premature newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have complex needs and require a significant amount of support during the NICU admission. However, little is known about mothers' suppor...

    Authors: Reza Negarandeh, Hadi Hassankhani, Mahnaz Jabraeili, Mohammad Abbaszadeh and Amy Best

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:520

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Self-reported maternal complications are associated with maternal morbidity, deliveries by C-section, postpartum depression, and maternal death. Thus, it is necessary to examine the contribution of socio-demog...

    Authors: Pradeep Kumar, Shobhit Srivastava, Chanda Maurya and Preeti Dhillon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:519

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Delivery in unsafe and unsupervised conditions is common in developing countries including Ghana. Over the years, the Government of Ghana has attempted to improve maternal and child healthcare services includi...

    Authors: Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Precious Adade Duodu, Joshua Okyere, Livingstone Aduse-Poku, Nutifafa Eugene Yaw Dey, Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Emmanuel Kweku Nakua, Pascal Agbadi and Jerry John Nutor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:518

    Content type: Research

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  21. The birth of a child entails major changes in a woman’s life. In the perinatal period, the woman is particularly susceptible to emotional problems. The objective of the present paper was to investigate the rel...

    Authors: Grażyna Iwanowicz-Palus, Agnieszka Marcewicz and Agnieszka Bień

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:517

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The objective of this analysis was to observe whether maternal and perinatal/neonatal outcomes of birth vary by timing of repeat cesarean among women with a history of one prior cesarean birth in a Guatemalan ...

    Authors: Margo S. Harrison, Ana Garces, Lester Figueroa, Jamie Westcott, Michael Hambidge and Nancy F. Krebs

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:516

    Content type: Research

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  23. In light of the pandemic, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to increased psychological distress and in need of imperative preventive measures. This study aimed to investigate the impact of the pandemi...

    Authors: Mona Hashim, Ayla Coussa, Ayesha S. Al Dhaheri, Amina Al Marzouqi, Samer Cheaib, Anastasia Salame, Dima O. Abu Jamous, Farah Naja, Hayder Hasan, Lily Stojanovska, Maysm N. Mohamad, Mo’ath F. Bataineh, MoezAlIslam E. Faris, Rameez Al Daour, Reyad S. Obaid, Sheima T. Saleh…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:515

    Content type: Research

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  24. In Japan, the numbers of deliveries by women of older maternal age and women with overweight or obesity have recently increased. Since 2008, the guidelines and practices to prevent the maternal venous thromboe...

    Authors: Mamoru Morikawa, Tomoko Adachi, Atsuo Itakura, Masafumi Nii, Yasushi Nakabayashi and Takao Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:514

    Content type: Research

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  25. To better understand previously observed racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal depression treatment rates we examined care engagement factors across and within race/ethnicity.

    Authors: Esti Iturralde, Crystal A. Hsiao, Linda Nkemere, Ai Kubo, Stacy A. Sterling, Tracy Flanagan and Lyndsay A. Avalos

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:512

    Content type: Research

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  26. Although the World Health Organization and health authorities in most countries recommend that pregnant women receive inactivated influenza virus vaccines, coverage remains low. This study aimed to investigate...

    Authors: Byung Soo Kang, San Ha Lee, Woo Jeng Kim, Jeong Ha Wie, In Yang Park and Hyun Sun Ko

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:511

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Multiple gestations are associated with an increased incidence of preeclampsia. However, there exists no evidence for an association between multiple gestations and development of hypertension(HTN) later in li...

    Authors: Geum Joon Cho, Un Suk Jung, Ho Yeon Kim, Soo Bin Lee, Minjeong Kim, Ki-Hoon Ahn, Sung Won Han, Soon-Cheol Hong, Hai-Joong Kim, Younghan Kim and Min-Jeong Oh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:510

    Content type: Research

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  28. China has one of the world’s largest internal migrant populations. The Chinese Hukou system is a unique household registration system that limits internal migrants in their access to basic urban public service...

    Authors: Di Tang, Xiangdong Gao and Peter C. Coyte

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:509

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are the leading cause of maternal mortality in Indonesia. Focused HDP management pathways for Indonesian primary care practice have been developed from a consensus dev...

    Authors: Fitriana Murriya Ekawati, Ova Emilia, Jane Gunn, Sharon Licqurish and Phyllis Lau

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:507

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The burden of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality is a global health concern with the highest burden documented after childbirth in women and babies living in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, there is l...

    Authors: Caitlin Lythgoe, Kirsty Lowe, Mary McCauley and Hannah McCauley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:506

    Content type: Research

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  31. Evidence on the outcome of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy is generally reassuring but yet not definitive.

    Authors: Marta Ruggiero, Edgardo Somigliana, Beatrice Tassis, Letizia Li Piani, Sara Uceda Renteria, Giussy Barbara, Giovanna Lunghi, Carlo Pietrasanta and Enrico Ferrazzi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:505

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  32. Every day, at least 810 women die worldwide from the complications of pregnancy and childbirth, 86% of which occurring in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the contributing factors for these problem...

    Authors: Misganaw Fikrie Melesse, Yibelu Bazezew Bitewa, Kumneger Nigussie Dessie, Demeke Binalf Wondim and Tefera Marie Bereka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:504

    Content type: Research

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  33. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a significant cause of maternal morbidity and has severe consequences on the well-being of mothers, new-borns, families, and communities. PPD reduces the mother’s response to the...

    Authors: Catherine Atuhaire, Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Grace Nambozi, Joseph Ngonzi, Daniel Atwine, Samuel Nambile Cumber and Laura Brennaman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:503

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Depression is a serious mental health disorder that might affect women in the childbearing period. Incidences increase during pregnancy as well as after delivery. Its association with intimate partner violence...

    Authors: Hanan M. Ghoneim, Mohamed Elprince, Tamer Yehia M. Ali, Waleed F. Gharieb and Amal A. Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:502

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Postpartum depression is fairly common in new mothers and moreover associated with impaired bonding and poor maternal well-being. The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of a mother-infant s...

    Authors: Verena Wulff, Philip Hepp, Oliver T. Wolf, Tanja Fehm and Nora K. Schaal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:501

    Content type: Research article

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  36. South Asian women are at a high risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus than other women in Australia. Gestational diabetes affects up to 14–19% of all pregnancies among South Asian, South East Asian,...

    Authors: Mridula Bandyopadhyay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:500

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  37. There is increasing pressure to get women and babies home rapidly after birth. Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) currently get 24-h inpatient monitoring. We investigated whether a...

    Authors: Esther H. G. Park, Frances O’Brien, Fiona Seabrook and Jane Elizabeth Hirst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:499

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Haemoglobin genotype screening at prenatal care offers women an opportunity to be aware of their genotype, receive education on sickle cell disease (SCD) and may increase maternal demand for SCD newborn screen...

    Authors: Osita U. Ezenwosu, Ijeoma U. Itanyi, Obiageli E. Nnodu, Amaka G. Ogidi, Fabian Mgbeahurike and Echezona E. Ezeanolue

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:498

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Safe childbirth remains a daunting challenge, particularly in low-middle income countries, where most pregnancy-related deaths occur. Cameroon’s maternal mortality rate, estimated at 529 per 100,000 live birth...

    Authors: Julius Sama Dohbit, Namanou Ines Emma Woks, Carlin Héméry Koudjine, Willy Tafen, Pascal Foumane, Assumpta Lucienne Bella, Rosemary Nkemdilim Ogu and Fru Fobuzshi Angwafo III

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:497

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  40. Restorative reproductive medicine (RRM) seeks to identify and correct underlying causes and factors contributing to infertility and reproductive dysfunction. Many components of RRM are highly suitable for prim...

    Authors: Joseph B. Stanford, Paul A. Carpentier, Barbara L. Meier, Mark Rollo and Benjamin Tingey

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:495

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  41. Adolescent fertility is a main indicator of the Sustainable Developmental Goal (SGD) three. Although Sri Lanka is exemplary in maternal health, the utilization of Sexual and Reproductive Health services (SRH) ...

    Authors: Thilini Chanchala Agampodi, Nuwan Darshana Wickramasinghe, Hemali Gayathri Jayakodi, Gayani Shashikala Amarasinghe, Janith Niwanthaka Warnasekara, Ayesh Umeshana Hettiarachchi, Imasha Upulini Jayasinghe, Iresha Sandamali Koralegedara, Sajaan Praveena Gunarathne, Dulani Kanchana Somasiri and Suneth Buddhika Agampodi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:494

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  42. A reliable expected date of delivery (EDD) is important for pregnant women in planning for a safe delivery and critical for management of obstetric emergencies. We compared the accuracy of LMP recall, an early...

    Authors: Linda Majola, Samantha Budhram, Vani Govender, Megeshinee Naidoo, Zukiswa Godlwana, Carl Lombard and Dhayendre Moodley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:493

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  43. Preconception care is an opportunity for detecting potential health risks in future parents and providing health behavior education to reduce morbidity and mortality for women and their offspring. Preconceptio...

    Authors: Li Du, Xuena La, Liping Zhu, Hong Jiang, Biao Xu, An Chen and Mu Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:491

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  44. It was reported that steroid-related gene expressions in the adipose tissue (AT) of women differ between women affected with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and non-PCOS. Although association between PCOS in ...

    Authors: Neda Emami, Ashraf Moini, Parichehreh Yaghmaei, Vahid Akbarinejad, Maryam Shahhoseini and AliReza Alizadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:490

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