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  1. An increase in the number of women with maternal obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2) has had a huge impact on the delivery of maternity services. As part of a programme of feasibility work to design an ante...

    Authors: Debbie M Smith, Alison Cooke and Tina Lavender
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:157
  2. Asians are at increased risk of morbidity at a lower body mass index (BMI) than European Whites, particularly relating to metabolic risk. UK maternal obesity guidelines use general population BMI criteria to d...

    Authors: Nicola Heslehurst, Naveed Sattar, Daghni Rajasingam, John Wilkinson, Carolyn D Summerbell and Judith Rankin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:156
  3. There is a high association between disturbed (poor quality) sleep and depression, which has lead to a consensus that there is a bidirectional relationship between sleep and mood. One time in a woman’s life wh...

    Authors: Liora Kempler, Louise Sharpe and Delwyn Bartlett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:155
  4. Women in low-income countries are generally considered to have a high physical workload which is sustained during pregnancy. Although most previous studies have been based on questionnaires a recent meta-analy...

    Authors: Mads F Hjorth, Stine Kloster, Tsinuel Girma, Daniel Faurholt-Jepsen, Gregers Andersen, Pernille Kæstel, Søren Brage and Henrik Friis
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:154
  5. Research has shown that exposure to interpersonal violence is associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Understanding the impact of interpersonal violence on mental health in the early postpartum period h...

    Authors: Lise A Malta, Sheila W McDonald, Kathy M Hegadoren, Carol A Weller and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:153
  6. Poorly spaced pregnancies have been documented worldwide to result in adverse maternal and child health outcomes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum inter-birth interval of 33 months betw...

    Authors: Amon Exavery, Sigilbert Mrema, Amri Shamte, Kristin Bietsch, Dominic Mosha, Godfrey Mbaruku and Honorati Masanja
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:152
  7. Antenatal care (ANC) is one of the recommended interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. Yet in most Sub-Saharan African countries, high rates of ANC coverage coexist with high maternal and neon...

    Authors: Nicholas N A Kyei, Collins Chansa and Sabine Gabrysch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:151
  8. Helpline services have become an increasingly popular mode of providing community access to information and expert information and advice in the health and welfare sector. This paper reports on data collected ...

    Authors: Gill Thomson, Nicola Crossland, Fiona Dykes and Chris J Sutton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:150
  9. There is increased recognition of the importance of breastfeeding at a national level as evidenced by the increased number of Canadian mothers initiating breastfeeding. However, adolescent mothers (<19 years),...

    Authors: Sherry A Nesbitt, Karen A Campbell, Susan M Jack, Heather Robinson, Kathleen Piehl and Janice C Bogdan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:149
  10. From 2000 a routine survey of mothers with newborn infants was commenced in South Western Sydney. The survey included the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). The aim of the study was to determine the ...

    Authors: John G Eastwood, Bin B Jalaludin, Lynn A Kemp, Hai N Phung and Bryane EW Barnett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:148
  11. To determine the rates of birth registration over a five-year period in New South Wales (NSW) and explore the factors associated with the rate of registration.

    Authors: Fenglian Xu, Elizabeth A Sullivan, Deborah A Black, Lisa R Jackson Pulver and Richard C Madden
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:147
  12. There is little known about women’s concurrent use of conventional and complementary health care during pregnancy, particularly consultation patterns with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This stu...

    Authors: Amie Steel, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt, Alex Broom, Cindy Gallois and Jane Frawley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:146
  13. British women are increasingly delaying childbirth. The proportion giving birth over the age of 35 rose from 12% in 1996 to 20% in 2006. Women over this age are at a higher risk of perinatal death, and antepar...

    Authors: Kate F Walker, George Bugg, Marion Macpherson, Carol McCormick, Chris Wildsmith, Gordon Smith and Jim Thornton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:145
  14. Sleep disturbances in late pregnancy are common. This study aimed to survey sleep problems in third trimester pregnant women and to compare sleep in the pre-pregnancy period with the third trimester.

    Authors: B Lynne Hutchison, Peter R Stone, Lesley ME McCowan, Alistair W Stewart, John MD Thompson and Edwin A Mitchell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:144
  15. To bring down its high maternal mortality ratio, Burkina Faso adopted a national health policy in 2007 that designed to boost the assisted delivery rate and improving quality of emergency obstetrical and neona...

    Authors: Loubna Belaid and Valéry Ridde
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:143
  16. Current national and international maternity policy supports the importance of addressing public health goals and investing in early years. Health care providers for women during the reproductive and early pos...

    Authors: Jenny McNeill, Jackie Doran, Fiona Lynn, Gail Anderson and Fiona Alderdice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:142
  17. Exploring the experiences and views of men who had attended the birth of their children is very vital, especially in a setting where traditionally only women accord women support during labour and childbirth. ...

    Authors: Lucy Ida Kululanga, Address Malata, Ellen Chirwa and Johanne Sundby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:141
  18. Despite twinning being common in Africa, few prospective twin studies have been conducted. We studied twinning rate, perinatal mortality and the clinical characteristics of newborn twins in urban Guinea-Bissau.

    Authors: Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Najaaraq Lund, Frida Staarup Jepsen, Luis Camala, Margarida Alfredo Gomes, Kaare Christensen, Lene Christiansen, Dorte Møller Jensen, Peter Aaby, Henning Beck-Nielsen, Christine Stabell Benn and Morten Sodemann
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:140
  19. Perinatal mortality reflects maternal health as well as antenatal, intrapartum and newborn care, and is an important health indicator. This study aimed at classifying causes of perinatal death in order to iden...

    Authors: Blandina T Mmbaga, Rolv Terje Lie, Raimos Olomi, Michael Johnson Mahande, Oneko Olola and Anne Kjersti Daltveit
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:139
  20. In the United States, an estimated 70 stillbirths occur each day, on average 25,000 each year. Research into the prevalence and causes of stillbirth is ongoing, but meanwhile, many parents suffer this devastat...

    Authors: Maureen C Kelley and Susan B Trinidad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:137
  21. The aim of this study was to compare maternal labour and birth outcomes between women who gave birth on a birth seat or in any other position for vaginal birth and further, to study the relationship between sy...

    Authors: Li Thies-Lagergren, Linda J Kvist, Kyllike Christensson and Ingegerd Hildingsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:135
  22. Criteria-based audits (CBA) have been used to improve clinical management in developed countries, but have only recently been introduced in the developing world. This study discusses the use of a CBA to improv...

    Authors: Hussein Lesio Kidanto, Peter Wangwe, Charles D Kilewo, Lennarth Nystrom and Gunnila Lindmark
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:134
  23. Identifying risk factors that affect excess weight gain during pregnancy is critical, especially among women who are at a higher risk for obesity. The goal of this study was to determine if acculturation, a po...

    Authors: Alison Tovar, Lisa Chasan-Taber, Odilia I Bermudez, Raymond R Hyatt and Aviva Must
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:133
  24. Among the factors contributing to the high maternal morbidity and mortality in Uganda is the high proportion of pregnant women who do not deliver under supervision in health facilities. This study aimed to ide...

    Authors: Agnes Anyait, David Mukanga, George Bwire Oundo and Fred Nuwaha
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:132
  25. Pregnancy is an ideal time to encourage healthy lifestyles as most women access health services and are more receptive to health messages; however few effective interventions exist. The aim of this research wa...

    Authors: Shelley A Wilkinson and H David McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:131
  26. The aim of this study is to compare the odds of postpartum haemorrhage among women who opt for home birth against the odds of postpartum haemorrhage for those who plan a hospital birth. It is an observational ...

    Authors: Andrea Nove, Ann Berrington and Zoë Matthews
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:130
  27. Midwifery units offer care to women with straightforward pregnancies, but unforeseen complications can arise during labour or soon after birth, necessitating transfer to a hospital obstetric unit. In England, ...

    Authors: Rachel E Rowe, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Louise Locock and Ray Fitzpatrick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:129
  28. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem with serious consequences for women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Reproductive health outcomes such as unwanted and termin...

    Authors: Diddy Antai and Sunday Adaji
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:128
  29. In low-resource settings, where abortion is highly restricted and self-induced abortions are common, access to post-abortion care (PAC) services, especially treatment of incomplete terminations, is a priority....

    Authors: Tara Shochet, Ayisha Diop, Alioune Gaye, Madi Nayama, Aissata Bal Sall, Fawole Bukola, Thieba Blandine, Okunlola Michael Abiola, Blami Dao, Ogunbode Olayinka and Beverly Winikoff
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:127
  30. Childbirth is an important transitional life event, but one in which many women are dissatisfied stemming in part from a sense that labour is something that happens to them rather than with them. Promoting mat...

    Authors: Colleen Fisher, Yvonne Hauck, Sara Bayes and Jean Byrne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:126
  31. The incidence of severe maternal morbidity is increasing in high-income countries as a consequence, in part, of increased obstetric intervention and increasingly complex medical needs of women who become pregn...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jane Sandall and Debra Bick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:125
  32. Fetal movement counting has long been suggested as a screening tool to identify impaired placental function. However, quantitative limits for decreased fetal movement perform poorly for screening purposes, ind...

    Authors: Brita Askeland Winje, Jo Røislien and J Frederik Frøen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:124
  33. Obstetrical interventions during childbirth vary widely across European and North American countries. Regional differences in intrapartum care may reflect an inpatient-based, clinician-oriented, interventional...

    Authors: Jennifer E Lutomski, John J Morrison and Mona T Lydon-Rochelle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:123
  34. Spontaneous coronary and vertebral artery dissections are rare events occurring most commonly in otherwise healthy women during pregnancy or the post-partum period.

    Authors: Marta Cenkowski, Megan daSilva, Kimberly-Ann Bordun, Farrukh Hussain, Iain DC Kirkpatrick and Davinder S Jassal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:122
  35. Many stillbirths show evidence of fetal growth restriction, and most occur at preterm gestational age. The objective of this study is to compare birth weights at preterm gestational ages between live births an...

    Authors: Xun Zhang, KS Joseph, Sven Cnattingius and Michael S Kramer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:119
  36. In Mali and Senegal, over 1% of women die giving birth in hospital. At some hospitals, over a third of infants are stillborn. Many deaths are due to substandard medical practices. Criterion-based clinical audi...

    Authors: Catherine M Pirkle, Alexandre Dumont, Mamadou Traore and Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:118
  37. A web-based inventory was developed as a voluntary registry of Canadian pregnancy and birth cohort studies, with the objective to foster collaboration and sharing of research tools among cohort study groups as...

    Authors: Marie-Pier Joly, Michel Boivin, Anne Junker, Alan Bocking, Michael S Kramer and Stephanie A Atkinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:117
  38. Maternal mortality in much of sub-Saharan Africa is very high whereas there has been a steady decline in over the past 60 years in Europe. Perinatal mortality is 12 times higher than maternal mortality account...

    Authors: David Ellard, Doug Simkiss, Siobhan Quenby, David Davies, Ngianga-bakwin Kandala, Francis Kamwendo, Chisale Mhango and Joseph Paul O’Hare
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:116
  39. Valid registration of medical information is essential for the quality of registry-based research. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is characterized by severe nausea and vomiting, weight loss and electrolyte imbala...

    Authors: Åse Vikanes, Per Magnus, Siri Vangen, Sølvi Lomsdal and Andrej M Grjibovski
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:115
  40. Two years after implementing the free-CS policy, we assessed the non-financial factors associated with caesarean section (CS) in women managed by referral hospitals in Senegal and Mali.

    Authors: Valérie Briand, Alexandre Dumont, Michal Abrahamowicz, Mamadou Traore, Laurence Watier and Pierre Fournier
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:114
  41. In 2003, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health launched the Health Extension Programme (HEP), which was intended to increase access to reproductive health care. Despite enormous effort, utilization of maternal heal...

    Authors: Tesfay Gebrehiwot, Isabel Goicolea, Kerstin Edin and Miguel San Sebastian
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:113
  42. Increasing rates of postpartum haemorrhage in developed countries over the past two decades are not explained by corresponding changes in risk factors and conjecture has been raised that maternal obesity may b...

    Authors: Elaine M Fyfe, John MD Thompson, Ngaire H Anderson, Katie M Groom and Lesley M McCowan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:112
  43. Antenatal Care (ANC) during pregnancy can play an important role in the uptake of evidence-based services vital to the health of women and their infants. Studies report positive effects of ANC on use of facili...

    Authors: Jesmin Pervin, Allisyn Moran, Monjur Rahman, Abdur Razzaque, Lynn Sibley, Peter K Streatfield, Laura J Reichenbach, Marge Koblinsky, Daniel Hruschka and Anisur Rahman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:111
  44. The number of children born to foreign-born mothers in Taiwan has significantly increased since the 1990s. These foreign-born mothers are mainly from China and Southeast Asia. Children born to foreign-born mot...

    Authors: Laura Wen-Shuan Shiao and Tung-liang Chiang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:110
  45. Obstetric near-miss case reviews are being promoted as a quality assurance intervention suitable for hospitals in low income countries. We introduced such reviews in five district, regional and national hospit...

    Authors: Matthias Borchert, Sourou Goufodji, Eusèbe Alihonou, Thérèse Delvaux, Jacques Saizonou, Lydie Kanhonou and Véronique Filippi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:109
  46. Recent observational research indicates that immune development may be programmed by nutritional exposures early in life. Such findings require replication from trials specifically designed to assess the impac...

    Authors: Sophie E Moore, Anthony JC Fulford, Momodou K Darboe, Modou Lamin Jobarteh, Landing M Jarjou and Andrew M Prentice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:107

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