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  1. Content type: Research article

    Twin pregnancy was associated with significantly higher rates of adverse neonatal and perinatal outcomes, especially for the second twin. In addition, the maternal complications (potentially life-threatening c...

    Authors: Danielly S. Santana, Carla Silveira, Maria L. Costa, Renato T. Souza, Fernanda G. Surita, João P. Souza, Syeda Batool Mazhar, Kapila Jayaratne, Zahida Qureshi, Maria H. Sousa, Joshua P. Vogel and José G. Cecatti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:449

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  2. Content type: Case report

    Abdominal pregnancy is defined as the partial or total insertion of the embryo into the abdominal cavity. It is rare, and can evolve towards the full term if it is not recognized in the early pregnancy. It car...

    Authors: Sansan Rodrigue Sib, Issa Ouédraogo, Moussa Sanogo, Sibraogo Kiemtoré, Yobi Alexis Sawadogo, Hyacinthe Zamané and Blandine Bonané

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:448

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    Maternal mortality is a major public health challenge in Ethiopia. Uterine rupture is an obstetrical emergency with serious undesired complications for laboring mothers resulting in fatal maternal and neonatal...

    Authors: Dawud Muhammed Ahmed, Tesfaye Setegn Mengistu and Aemiro Getu Endalamaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:447

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  4. Content type: Research article

    International guidelines recommend that tocolytic therapy be restricted to a single 48-h application. However, multiple cycles of tocolytic therapy and maintenance therapy that exceeds 48 h appear to play a ro...

    Authors: Emina Nazifovic, Heinrich Husslein, Ioana Lakovschek, Florian Heinzl, Elisabeth Wenzel-Schwarz, Philipp Klaritsch, Ekrem Kilic, Sarah Hoesel, Rudolf Bind, Magdalena Pabinger, Harald Zeisler and Lorenz Kuessel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:446

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Most women experience pain during labour and after childbirth. There are various options, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, available to help women cope with and relieve pain during labour and afte...

    Authors: Mary McCauley, Valentina Actis Danna, Dorah Mrema and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:444

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The first 12 months after childbirth may represent a high-risk time for depression. In Ethiopia there is a paucity of evidence about its magnitude and associated factors during that period. So, the aim of this...

    Authors: Tigistu Toru, Fantaye Chemir and Susan Anand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:442

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twin pregnancies are at higher risk of adverse outcomes and complications, which are attributed to the influence of placental morphology in MCDA twins. Monitoring of placental f...

    Authors: Wei Sun, Shaowei Yin, Qiuju Wei, Ying Zhang, Zeyu Yang, Ailu Cai, Yu Wang and Wenjia Lei

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:443

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Information and communication technologies are used increasingly to facilitate social networks and support women during the perinatal period. This paper presents data on how technology use affects the associat...

    Authors: Samuel Ginja, Jane Coad, Elizabeth Bailey, Sally Kendall, Trudy Goodenough, Samantha Nightingale, Jane Smiddy, Crispin Day, Toity Deave and Raghu Lingam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:441

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Down Syndrome screening test is a bridge between knowledge and uncertainty, safety and risk, unpredictability and desire to know in order to gain control. It may be accepted either not to have a baby with Down...

    Authors: Melania Elena Pop-Tudose, Dana Popescu-Spineni, Petru Armean and Ioan Victor Pop

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:439

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common complications during pregnancy, and it has both short- and long-term adverse effects on the health of mothers and fetuses. To investigate the effec...

    Authors: Wai-Kit Ming, Wenjing Ding, Casper J. P. Zhang, Lieqiang Zhong, Yuhang Long, Zhuyu Li, Cong Sun, Yanxin Wu, Hanqing Chen, Haitian Chen and Zilian Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:440

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Studies have observed rural-urban inequity in the use of skilled delivery in Nigeria. A number of studies have explicitly examined associated factors of assistance during delivery in rural areas. However, the ...

    Authors: Bola Lukman Solanke and Semiu Adebayo Rahman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:438

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have revealed that women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk of developing preeclampsia (PE). The possible reason is the abnormal lipid metabolism caused by GDM tha...

    Authors: Xiaotong Sun, Tao Qu, Xiyan He, Xueping Yang, Nan Guo, Yan Mao, Xianghong Xu, Xiaodong Sun, Xuehong Zhang and Weihua Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:437

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Birth weight is one of the most important indicators of neonatal survival. A reliable estimate of foetal weight at different stages of pregnancy would facilitate intervention plans for medical practitioners to...

    Authors: Dewi Anggraini, Mali Abdollahian and Kaye Marion

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:436

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Pneumonia during pregnancy has been proven to be associated with increased maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. The management of severe pneumonia in gravid patients is even more challenging. Thus, we s...

    Authors: Pingping Tang, Jiangshan Wang and Yingna Song

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:434

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Stress and anxiety during pregnancy and childbirth have negative consequences for both mother and child. There are indications that music has a positive effect in this situation. The present study investigates...

    Authors: Philip Hepp, Carsten Hagenbeck, Julius Gilles, Oliver T. Wolf, Wolfram Goertz, Wolfgang Janni, Percy Balan, Markus Fleisch, Tanja Fehm and Nora K. Schaal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:435

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to investigate predictors of uterine rupture in a large sample of sub-Saharan African women. Uterine rupture is rare in high-income countries, but it is more common in low-income ...

    Authors: Rebecca Delafield, Catherine M. Pirkle and Alexandre Dumont

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:432

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    With persisting maternal and infant health disparities, new models of maternity care are needed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. To date, there is limited evidenc...

    Authors: Sophie Hickey, Yvette Roe, Yu Gao, Carmel Nelson, Adrian Carson, Jody Currie, Maree Reynolds, Kay Wilson, Sue Kruske, Renee Blackman, Megan Passey, Anton Clifford, Sally Tracy, Roianne West, Daniel Williamson, Machellee Kosiak…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:431

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring high quality and equitable maternity services is important to promote positive pregnancy outcomes. Despite a universal health care system, previous research shows neighborhood-level inequities in util...

    Authors: Maureen I. Heaman, Patricia J. Martens, Marni D. Brownell, Mariette J. Chartier, Kellie R. Thiessen, Shelley A. Derksen and Michael E. Helewa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:430

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Anemia is defined as a low blood hemoglobin concentration (< 11 mg/dl). It is a global public health problem especially in pregnant women and is associated with higher risk for both maternal and perinatal mort...

    Authors: Teklit Grum, Ermyas Brhane, Solomon Hintsa and Gizienesh Kahsay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:433

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Meconium stained amniotic fluid is one of the risk factors to increase the rate of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in developed and developing countries. Due to a multitude of factors associated with so...

    Authors: Dagne Addisu, Azezu Asres, Getnet Gedefaw and Simegnew Asmer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:429

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum Hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal mortality. To prevent PPH, Misoprostol tablet in a dose of 600 micrograms is recommended for use immediately after childbirth in home deliveries wher...

    Authors: Rakesh Parashar, Anadi Gupt, Devina Bajpayee, Anil Gupta, Rohan Thakur, Ankur Sangwan, Anuradha Sharma, Deshraj Sharma, Sachin Gupta, Dinesh Baswal, Gunjan Taneja and Rajeev Gera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:428

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  22. Content type: Research article

    There has been little evaluation of the postpartum quality of life (QOL) of women in India and its association with the mode of birth. This study piloted the use of the generic EQ-5D-5L questionnaire to assess...

    Authors: Stefan Kohler, Kristi Sidney Annerstedt, Vishal Diwan, Lars Lindholm, Bharat Randive, Kranti Vora and Ayesha De Costa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:427

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is strongly associated with significant adverse maternal and perinatal health outcomes that have lifelong consequences. Treatment for women with GDM aims to normalise matern...

    Authors: Caroline A. Crowther, Jane M. Alsweiler, Ruth Hughes and Julie Brown

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:425

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The maternal 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25OHD) insufficiency is related to adverse maternal and neonatal outcome. The 25OHD content of breast milk is dependent on 25OHD status of the mothers. We undertook this stud...

    Authors: Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Aslam Asadi, Imran Iqbal and Nadir Bashir

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:426

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The reference intervals for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in pregnant Mexican women without diabetes are not well defined. The study aims to determine the reference intervals for HbA1c at each trimester in healthy Me...

    Authors: Cristina M. Sánchez-González, Alfredo Castillo-Mora, Itzel N. Alvarado-Maldonado, Carlos Ortega-González, Nayeli Martínez-Cruz, Lidia Arce-Sánchez, Mabel Ramos-Valencia, Anayansi Molina-Hernández, Guadalupe Estrada-Gutierrez, Salvador Espino Y. Sosa, Yesenia Recio-López, Ruth Hernández-Sánchez and Enrique Reyes-Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:424

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Understanding and tackling perinatal health inequities in industrialized countries requires analysing the socioeconomic determinants of adverse pregnancy outcomes among immigrant populations. Studies show that...

    Authors: Mouctar Sow, Judith Racape, Claudia Schoenborn and Myriam De Spiegelaere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:422

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Globally, an estimated 275,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million neonatal deaths, and 2.6 million third trimester stillbirths occurred in 2015. Major improvements could be achieved by providing effective care in lo...

    Authors: Melissa C. Morgan, Jessica Dyer, Aranzazu Abril, Amelia Christmas, Tanmay Mahapatra, Aritra Das and Dilys M. Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:420

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Although exempt, many pregnant Muslim women partake in the daily fast during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan. In other contexts an impoverished diet during pregnancy impacts on birth weight. The aim...

    Authors: Jocelyn D. Glazier, Dexter J. L. Hayes, Sabiha Hussain, Stephen W. D’Souza, Joanne Whitcombe, Alexander E. P. Heazell and Nick Ashton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:421

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence in preventing HIV mother-to-child transmission in association with virological suppression and risk factors of low adherence in the Cameroon’s Option B+ programme are poo...

    Authors: Pascal N. Atanga, Harrison T. Ndetan, Peter N. Fon, Henry D. Meriki, Tih P. Muffih, Eric A. Achidi, Michael Hoelscher and Arne Kroidl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:418

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the role of the TGCS to reduce the caesarean section (CS) rate among nulliparas (Robson groups 1 and 2) and to find out which group of women have reduced the CS rate by using this tool.

    Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Meile Minkauskiene, Tahir Mahmood, Egle Bartuseviciene, Dalia R. Railaite, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Ruta J. Nadisauskiene, Kastytis Smigelskas, Kornelija Maciuliene, Grazina Drasutiene and Diana Ramasauskaite

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:419

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Interventions can be lifesaving when properly implemented but can also put the lives of both mother and child at risk by disrupting normal physiological childbirth when used indiscriminately without indication...

    Authors: Kıymet Yeşilçiçek Çalik, Özlem Karabulutlu and Canan Yavuz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:415

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Despite large numbers of asylum seekers, there is a lack of evidence on pregnancy outcomes and obstetric care of asylum seeking women in Germany.

    Authors: Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Louise Biddle, Stella Preussler, Andreas Mueller and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:417

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Influenza and pertussis vaccines have been recommended in Australia for women during each pregnancy since 2010 and 2015, respectively. Estimating vaccination coverage and identifying factors affecting uptake a...

    Authors: Donna B. Mak, Annette K. Regan, Dieu T. Vo and Paul V. Effler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:416

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In The Gambia, a woman faces 1 in 24-lifetime risk of maternal death due to pregnancy and childbirth, yet, only 57% of deliveries are conducted by skilled birth attendants. However, poor provider attitude has ...

    Authors: Saffie Colley, Chien-Huei Kao, Meeiling Gau and Su-Fen Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:413

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum Psychosis is a severe mental health condition following childbirth, with a psychosis and associated mood disturbance. Research to date has primarily focused on mothers’ experiences, and on identifyi...

    Authors: Nia Holford, Sue Channon, Jessica Heron and Ian Jones

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:414

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health issue. More than half of pregnant women are affected by vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. Studies suggest an association between low vitamin D concentrations du...

    Authors: Milene Saori Kassai, Fernanda Ramirez Cafeo, Fernando Alves Affonso-Kaufman, Fabíola Isabel Suano-Souza and Roseli Oselka Saccardo Sarni

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:412

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to assess whether a more context-specific modified version of WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (mSCC) would result in improved adoption rate.

    Authors: Hemantha M. Senanayake, Malitha Patabendige and Rathigashini Ramachandran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:411

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  38. Content type: Research article

    There have been few studies about the basis on which women in developing regions evaluate and choose traditional rather than western maternal care. This qualitative study explores the socio-cultural perception...

    Authors: Roselyter Monchari Riang’a, Anne Kisaka Nangulu and Jacqueline E. W. Broerse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:408

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for foetal aneuploidies is currently changing the field of prenatal screening in many countries. As it is non-invasive, safe and accurate, this techniqu...

    Authors: A. Kater-Kuipers, E. M. Bunnik, I. D. de Beaufort and R. J. H. Galjaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:409

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) causes a significant number of stillbirths. Despite this, there is little documented information on the association between stillbirth and pregnant women’s GBS recto vaginal colonizati...

    Authors: Tesfaye Assebe Yadeta, Alemayehu Worku, Gudina Egata, Berhanu Seyoum, Dadi Marami and Yemane Berhane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:410

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Although vaginal repair has been conducted to manage caesarean scar diverticula, most studies evaluated only the gynaecological outcomes post-surgery, and their obstetrical outcomes were unknown. This study ai...

    Authors: Xingchen Zhou, Xiaoqian Yang, Huihui Chen, Xuhong Fang and Xipeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:407

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that daily supplementation of 1500 to 2000 mg of calcium during pregnancy reduces pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). However, the evidence on the efficacy of low-dose calcium supplementati...

    Authors: Fouzia Khanam, Belal Hossain, Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Dipak K. Mitra, Wameq Azfar Raza, Mahfuza Rifat, Kaosar Afsana and Mahfuzar Rahman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:406

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  43. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, caesarean section rates continue to evoke worldwide concern because of their steady increase, lack of consensus on the appropriate caesarean section rate and the associated short- and long-ter...

    Authors: Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Alberta Amu, David Etsey Akpakli, John Williams and Margaret Gyapong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:405

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Evidence relating maternal history of abuse before pregnancy with pregnancy outcomes is controversial. This study aims to examine the association between maternal histories of abuse before pregnancy and the ri...

    Authors: Maryam Nesari, Joanne K Olson, Ben Vandermeer, Linda Slater and David M Olson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:404

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  45. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that his name was misspelled. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Natnael Etsay Assefa, Hailemariam Berhe, Fiseha Girma, Kidanemariam Berhe, Yodit Zewdie Berhe, Gdiom Gebreheat, Weldu Mamu Werid, Almaz Berhe, Hagos B Rufae and Guesh Welu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:403

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:386

  46. Content type: Research article

    Poor diabetes management prior to conception, results in increased rates of fetal malformations and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. We describe the development of an integrated, pre-pregnancy management stra...

    Authors: Maryam Sina, Freya MacMillan, Tinashe Dune, Navodya Balasuriya, Nouran Khouri, Ngan Nguyen, Vasyngpong Jongvisal, Xiang Hui Lay and David Simmons

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:402

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  47. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the associations of maternal variables – sociodemographic, obstetrical and maternal near miss (MNM) variables – with neonatal near miss (NNM) using the new concept of NNM formulated by the Centr...

    Authors: Telmo Henrique Barbosa de Lima, Leila Katz, Samir Buainain Kassar and Melania Maria Amorim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:401

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