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  1. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization estimates the prevalence of preterm birth to be 5–18% across 184 countries of the world. Statistics from countries with reliable data show that preterm birth is on the rise. About...

    Authors: Peter Wagura, Aggrey Wasunna, Ahmed Laving, Dalton Wamalwa and Paul Ng’ang’a

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:107

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    Evidence suggests that home birth is as safe as hospital birth for low risk multiparous women, and is associated with reduced intervention rates and increased rates of normal birth. However the home birth rate...

    Authors: Jo Naylor Smith, Beck Taylor, Karen Shaw, Alistair Hewison and Sara Kenyon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:105

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Although Primary Health Care (PHC) was designed to provide universal access to skilled pregnancy care for the prevention of maternal deaths, very little is known of the factors that predict the use of PHC for ...

    Authors: Friday Okonofua, Lorretta Ntoimo, Julius Ogungbangbe, Seun Anjorin, Wilson Imongan and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:106

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    Access factors associated with maternal death are important to understand because they are considered to be an essential measure of women’s health and indicative of the performance of health care systems in an...

    Authors: Nkumbula Moyo, Mpundu Makasa, Mumbi Chola and Patrick Musonda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:101

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  5. Content type: Research article

    At present, the maternity care system in the Netherlands is being reorganized into an integrated model of care, shifting the focus of midwives to include increasing numbers of births in hospital settings and c...

    Authors: Suzanne M. Thompson, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze, Luc Budé, Raymond de Vries and Lisa Kane Low

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:100

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Having high-quality data available by 2020, disaggregated by income, is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD). We explored how well coverage with skilled birth attendance (SBA) is predicted by asset-b...

    Authors: Gary Joseph, Inácio C. M. da Silva, Günther Fink, Aluisio J. D. Barros and Cesar G. Victora

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:104

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Doppler is thought to be more comfortable and effective compared to the fetoscope for assessing the fetal heart rate (FHR) during labor. However, in a rural Tanzanian hospital, midwives who had easy access...

    Authors: Paschal Francis Mdoe, Hege Langli Ersdal, Estomih Mduma, Robert Moshiro, Hussein Kidanto and Columba Mbekenga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:103

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    In Bangladesh, the targets on reduction of maternal mortality and utilization of related obstetric services provided by skilled health personnel in Millennium Development Goals 5 remains unmet, and the progres...

    Authors: Ruoyan Gai Tobe, Syed Emdadul Haque, Kiyoko Ikegami and Rintaro Mori

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:102

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in pregnancy and account for the highest proportion of primary care antibiotic prescriptions issued to pregnant women in the UK. It is well known that antibiotic use ...

    Authors: Flavia Ghouri, Amelia Hollywood and Kath Ryan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:99

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Despite its wider benefits and access made at community level, contraceptive methods are one of underutilized services in study area and it is believed to be influenced by misconceptions and socio cultural val...

    Authors: Misganu Endriyas, Akine Eshete, Emebet Mekonnen, Tebeje Misganaw and Mekonnen Shiferaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:98

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Social network characteristics influence a wide range of health behaviors but few studies examine the relationship between social network characteristics and pregnancy-related outcomes.

    Authors: Leanne Dougherty, Emily Stammer and Thomas W. Valente

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:97

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In 2015 the maternal mortality ratio for Ethiopia was 353 per 100,000 live births. Large numbers of women do not use maternal health services. This study aimed to identify factors influencing the use of matern...

    Authors: Aschenaki Z. Kea, Olivia Tulloch, Daniel G. Datiko, Sally Theobald and Maryse C. Kok

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:96

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean section (CS) is not recommended for PMTCT in Malawi HIV Guidelines, contrary to most high-income countries where CS is indicated if viral suppression is sub-optimal pre-delivery. We describe patterns...

    Authors: Lyson Tenthani, Joep J. van Oosterhout, Andreas D. Haas, Malango Msukwa, Nozgechi Phiri, Frank Chimbwandira, Kali Tal, Karoline Aebi-Popp, Janne Estill and Olivia Keiser

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:95

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Mothers and Babies (MB) is a cognitive-behavioral intervention with demonstrated efficacy in reducing depressive symptoms and preventing depressive episodes among perinatal women when delivered in a group form...

    Authors: S. Darius Tandon, Julie A. Leis, Erin A. Ward, Hannah Snyder, Tamar Mendelson, Deborah F. Perry, Mya Carter, Jaime Hamil and Huynh-Nhu Le

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:93

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    The OptiBIRTH study incorporates a multicentre cluster randomised trial in 15 hospital sites across three European countries. The trial was designed to test a complex intervention aimed at improving vaginal bi...

    Authors: Maaike Fobelets, Katrien Beeckman, Gilles Faron, Déirdre Daly, Cecily Begley and Koen Putman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:92

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Many women in the UK stop breastfeeding before they would like to, and earlier than is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Given the potential health benefits for mother and baby, new ways of s...

    Authors: Rhiannon Phillips, Lauren Copeland, Aimee Grant, Julia Sanders, Nina Gobat, Sally Tedstone, Helen Stanton, Laura Merrett, Stephen Rollnick, Michael Robling, Amy Brown, Billie Hunter, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Sian Regan, Heather Trickey and Shantini Paranjothy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:90

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Glycaemic target recommendations vary widely between international professional organisations for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Some studies have reported women’s experiences of having GDM, b...

    Authors: Ruth Martis, Julie Brown, Judith McAra-Couper and Caroline A. Crowther

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:91

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Epidural analgesia during labor can provide effective pain relief, but can also lead to adverse effects. The practice of moderate exercise during pregnancy is associated with an increased level of endorphins i...

    Authors: Araceli Navas, Catalina Artigues, Alfonso Leiva, Elena Portells, Aina Soler, Antonia Cladera, Silvia Ortas, Margarita Alomar, Marina Gual, Concepción Manzanares, Marina Brunet, Magdalena Julià, Lidia López, Lorena Granda, Miquel Bennasar-Veny and Mari Carmen Carrascosa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:94

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In low-resource settings, a significant proportion of fetal, neonatal, and maternal deaths can be attributed to intrapartum-related complications. Certain risk factors, such as non-cephalic presentation, have ...

    Authors: Naoko Kozuki, Luke C. Mullany, Subarna K. Khatry, James M. Tielsch, Steven C. LeClerq, Caitlin E. Kennedy and Joanne Katz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:89

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has serious consequences such as increased risks of preeclampsia, macrosomia and cesarean delivery. Even though the mechanistic basis of GDM has not been completely understo...

    Authors: Abdulrahman Al-Ajlan, Sara Al-Musharaf, Mona A. Fouda, Soundararajan Krishnaswamy, Kaiser Wani, Naji J. Aljohani, Amal Al-Serehi, Eman Sheshah, Naemah M. Alshingetti, Iqbah Z. Turkistani, A. Afrah Alharbi, Buthaynah A. Alraqebah, Aisha Mansoor Ali, Gawaher Al-Saeed and Nasser M. Al-Daghri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:86

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In Kenya, skilled attendance at delivery is well below the international target of 90% and the maternal mortality ratio is high at 362 (CI 254–471) per 100,000 live births despite various interventions. The pr...

    Authors: Caroline Nyongesa, Xiaoyue Xu, John J. Hall, William M. Macharia, Faith Yego and Brigid Hall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:88

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are used by pregnant women to manage conditions such as epilepsy and bipolar disorder even though they pose a risk to the developing foetus. This study aimed to determine the overall...

    Authors: Noni Richards, David Reith, Michael Stitely and Alesha Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:84

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  23. Content type: Case report

    Mirror syndrome (MS) is a rare obstetric condition usually defined as the development of maternal edema in association with fetal hydrops. The pathogenesis of MS remains unclear and may be misdiagnosed as pre-...

    Authors: Angel Chimenea, Lutgardo García-Díaz, Ana María Calderón, María Moreno-De Las Heras and Guillermo Antiñolo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:85

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Globally, anemia is a public health problem affecting the life of more than two billion people. Pregnant women are at high risk of iron deficiency anemia due to increased nutrient requirement during pregnancy....

    Authors: Mekdemariam Getachew, Mebrahtu Abay, Hiwet Zelalem, Tirhas Gebremedhin, Teklit Grum and Alemayehu Bayray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:83

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