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  1. Pregnancy is common among adolescents in South Africa, yet the social experiences of adolescents during the pregnancy and postpartum period remain understudied in this context. We aimed to explore how adolesce...

    Authors: Lauren M Hill, Suzanne Maman, Allison K Groves and Dhayendre Moodley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:117
  2. Whilst it is recommended that babies are breastfed exclusively for the first six months, many mothers do not maintain breastfeeding for this length of time. Previous research confirms that women and midwives v...

    Authors: Emma L Giles, Matthew Holmes, Elaine McColl, Falko F Sniehotta and Jean M Adams
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:116
  3. Continuous support by a midwife during childbirth has shown positive effects on the duration of active labour, use of pain relief and frequency of caesarean section (CS) in women without fear of childbirth (FO...

    Authors: Gunilla Sydsjö, Marie Blomberg, Sofie Palmquist, Louise Angerbjörn, Marie Bladh and Ann Josefsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:115
  4. Vulvodynia is a potentially debilitating chronic pain condition affecting the vulva (external genitalia) in women, with typical age of onset during the early-to mid-reproductive years. Yet, virtually nothing i...

    Authors: Nora S. Johnson, Eileen M. Harwood and Ruby H.N. Nguyen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2015 15:114
  5. In the context of improved utilisation of health care and outcomes, rapid socio-economic development and health system reform in China, it is timely to consider the quality of services. Data on quality of mate...

    Authors: Joanna Raven, Nynke van den Broek, Fangbiao Tao, Huang Kun and Rachel Tolhurst
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:113
  6. In recent years, a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency amongst pregnant women and newborns has been observed throughout several regions of the world, especially in the presence of preeclampsia (PE) or obes...

    Authors: Homero Rabelo Pena, Marilia Carvalho de Lima, Katia Galeão Brandt, Margarida Maria Castro de Antunes and Giselia Alves Pontes da Silva
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:112
  7. Authors: Annette L Briley, Suzanne Barr, Shirlene Badger, Ruth Bell, Helen Croker, Keith M Godfrey, Bridget Holmes, Tarja I Kinnunen, Scott M Nelson, Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Nashita Patel, Stephen C Robson, Jane Sandall, Thomas Sanders, Naveed Sattar, Paul T Seed…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:111

    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:74

  8. Midwives have a potential role in promoting the oral health of pregnant women although they have little formal training in this area. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of midwives in Victor...

    Authors: Adina Y Heilbrunn-Lang, Andrea M de Silva, Gillian Lang, Ajesh George, Allison Ridge, Maree Johnson, Sameer Bhole and Carole Gilmour
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:110
  9. Retrospective studies suggest that maternal exposure to a severe stressor during pregnancy increases the fetus’ risk for a variety of disorders in adulthood. Animal studies testing the fetal programming hypoth...

    Authors: Suzanne King, Sue Kildea, Marie-Paule Austin, Alain Brunet, Vanessa E Cobham, Paul A Dawson, Mark Harris, Elizabeth M Hurrion, David P Laplante, Brett M McDermott, H David McIntyre, Michael W O’Hara, Norbert Schmitz, Helen Stapleton, Sally K Tracy, Cathy Vaillancourt…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2015 15:109
  10. Postpartum depression (PPD) is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. Findings from several well-designed studies reflect great variability in rates, from 10 to 22%, and also in ri...

    Authors: Ayse Figen Turkcapar, Nezaket Kadıoğlu, Ebru Aslan, Suphi Tunc, Müjdegül Zayıfoğlu and Leyla Mollamahmutoğlu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2015 15:108
  11. Excess gestational weight gain (GWG), which has reached epidemic proportions, is associated with adverse outcomes during pregnancy and postpartum obesity in women and children. Psychological variables represen...

    Authors: Mufiza Zia Kapadia, Anca Gaston, Sherry Van Blyderveen, Louis Schmidt, Joseph Beyene, Helen McDonald and Sarah D McDonald
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2015 15:107
  12. There is limited evidence from community-based interventions to guide the development of effective maternal, perinatal and newborn care practices and services in developing countries. We evaluated the impact o...

    Authors: Zahid A Memon, Gul N Khan, Sajid B Soofi, Imam Y Baig and Zulfiqar A Bhutta
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:106
  13. There is an urgent need to prevent excessive pregnancy weight gain, a contributor to both maternal and child obesity. However, the majority of women had reported not being counseled to gain an appropriate amou...

    Authors: Sarah D McDonald, Christina K Park, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Keyna Bracken, Wendy Sword, Helen McDonald, Binod Neupane, Valerie H Taylor, Joseph Beyene, Valerie Mueller and Melissa Brouwers
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:105
  14. An integrated maternal health intervention in a rural sub district of Bangladesh focused on the training and deployment of a required number of Community Based Skilled Birth Attendants (CSBAs). The aim of the ...

    Authors: Nafisa Lira Huq, Anisuddin Ahmed, Nafis al Haque, Moyazzam Hossaine, Jamal Uddin, Faisal Ahmed and MA Quaiyum
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:104
  15. The internet has become an easily accessible and widely used source of healthcare information. There are, however, no standardized or commonly accepted criteria for the quality of Obstetrics and Gynecology web...

    Authors: Günther A Rezniczek, Laura Küppers, Hubertus Heuer, Lukas A Hefler, Bernd Buerkle and Clemens B Tempfer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2015 15:103
  16. Little is known about secular trends and seasonal variation in the birth prevalence of omphalocele in China. This study aimed to explore the long-term trends and seasonality of this birth defect, to provide in...

    Authors: Xiaohong Li, Li Dai, Yanping Wang, Lin Yi, Changfei Deng, Kui Deng, Guangxuan Zhou, Qi Li, Zheng Liu, Ying Deng, Jun Zhu and Xiaosong Li
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:102
  17. Episiotomy remains a routine procedure at childbirth in many South-East Asian countries but the reasons for this are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge of, attitudes towards and expe...

    Authors: Anh T Trinh, Christine L Roberts and Amanda J Ampt
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:101
  18. Evidence suggests physical activity often declines during pregnancy, however explanations for the decline are not well understood. The aim of this study was to identify modifiable barriers to leisure-time phys...

    Authors: Megan Connelly, Helen Brown, Paige van der Pligt and Megan Teychenne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:100
  19. There is little information on the individual cognitive, perceptual and psychosocial factors that influence the lifestyle behaviours of pregnant women. This study explored pregnant women’s weight-related attit...

    Authors: Uma Padmanabhan, Carolyn D Summerbell and Nicola Heslehurst
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:99
  20. Little research into non-western women’s prenatal care utilisation in industrialised western countries has taken generational differences into account. In this study we examined non-western women’s prenatal ca...

    Authors: Agatha W Boerleider, Judith Manniën, Cherelle MV van Stenus, Therese A Wiegers, Esther I Feijen-de Jong, Evelien R Spelten and Walter LJM Devillé
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:98
  21. Developing countries account for 99 percent of maternal deaths annually. While increasing service availability and maintaining acceptable quality standards, it is important to assess maternal satisfaction with...

    Authors: Aradhana Srivastava, Bilal I Avan, Preety Rajbangshi and Sanghita Bhattacharyya
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:97
  22. Sulfate is important for fetal growth and development. During pregnancy, the fetus relies on sulfate from the maternal circulation. We report reference intervals for maternal plasma sulfate levels and fraction...

    Authors: Paul Anthony Dawson, Scott Petersen, Robyn Rodwell, Phillip Johnson, Kristen Gibbons, Avis McWhinney, Francis Gerard Bowling and Harold David McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:96
  23. In Nigeria, over one third of pregnant women do not attend Antenatal Care (ANC) service during pregnancy. This study evaluated barriers to the use of ANC services in Nigeria from the perspective of non-users.

    Authors: Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe and Erhabor Sunday Idemudia
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:95
  24. Overweight and obesity are a public health problem with a multifactorial aetiology. The objective of this study was to evaluate risk factors for overweight and obesity in children at 6 years of age, including ...

    Authors: Daniel S Portela, Tatiana O Vieira, Sheila MA Matos, Nelson F de Oliveira and Graciete O Vieira
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:94
  25. Mental illness is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease, with prevalence highest in low- and middle-income countries. Rates are high in women of childbearing age, especially during pregnanc...

    Authors: Gracia Fellmeth, Emma Plugge, Moo Kho Paw, Prakaykaew Charunwatthana, François Nosten and Rose McGready
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:93
  26. Pregnancy induces adaptations in maternal metabolism to meet the increased need for nutrients by the placenta and fetus. Creatine is an important intracellular metabolite obtained from the diet and also synthe...

    Authors: Stacey J Ellery, Domenic A LaRosa, Michelle M Kett, Paul A Della Gatta, Rod J Snow, David W Walker and Hayley Dickinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:92
  27. Prophylactic antibiotics are used to prevent postoperative infections after caesarean section. Studies have suggested that the timing of prophylaxis plays an important role. Over the years, the role of the ana...

    Authors: Lomangisi D Dlamini, Musa Sekikubo, Janat Tumukunde, Charles Kojjo, Davidson Ocen, Agnes Wabule and Arthur Kwizera
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:91
  28. Children born with congenital anomalies present a very high rate of perinatal death and neonatal mortality. Cytogenetic analysis is a convincing investigation along with clinical suspicion and biochemical scre...

    Authors: Frenny Sheth, Mizanur Rahman, Thomas Liehr, Manisha Desai, Bhumika Patel, Chirag Modi, Sunil Trivedi and Jayesh Sheth
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:90
  29. In many countries, planned vaginal breech birth (VBB) is a rare event. After the Term Breech Trial in 2000, VBB reduced and caesarean section for breech presentation increased. Despite this, women still reques...

    Authors: Caroline SE Homer, Nicole P Watts, Karolina Petrovska, Chauncey M Sjostedt and Andrew Bisits
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:89
  30. During pregnancy and afterward, a healthy diet is beneficial for the expecting mother and her foetus. Midwives in antenatal care have an ideal position for promoting healthy diets. Dietary counselling is howev...

    Authors: Anna-Lena Wennberg, Åsa Hörnsten and Katarina Hamberg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:88

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