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  1. Annual prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is 12.5% among Finnish pregnant women. The prevalence is expected to rise with the increasing overweight among women before pregnancy. Physical activity...

    Authors: Riitta M Luoto, Tarja I Kinnunen, Minna Aittasalo, Katriina Ojala, Kirsi Mansikkamäki, Erja Toropainen, Päivi Kolu and Tommi Vasankari
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:39
  2. Around 86% of births in Mumbai, India, occur in healthcare institutions, but this aggregate figure hides substantial variation and little is known about urban home births. We aimed to explore factors influenci...

    Authors: Sushmita Das, Ujwala Bapat, Neena Shah More, Latika Chordhekar, Wasundhara Joshi and David Osrin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:38
  3. Greater epidemiologic understanding of the relationships among fetal-infant mortality and its prognostic factors, including birthweight, could have vast public health implications. A key step toward that under...

    Authors: Richard Charnigo, Lorie W Chesnut, Tony LoBianco and Russell S Kirby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:37
  4. Higher risks of preterm birth and small for gestational age babies have been reported in teenagers. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between first and second teenage pregnancies and pr...

    Authors: Ali S Khashan, Philip N Baker and Louise C Kenny
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:36
  5. The high rate of antenatal care attendance in sub-Saharan Africa, should facilitate provision of information on signs of potential pregnancy complications. The aim of this study was to assess quality of antena...

    Authors: Andrea B Pembe, Anders Carlstedt, David P Urassa, Gunilla Lindmark, Lennarth Nyström and Elisabeth Darj
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:35
  6. Antenatal care (ANC) has been recognised as a way to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies. However, only 29% of pregnant women receive the recommended four antenatal visits in Nepal but ...

    Authors: Bibha Simkhada, Maureen A Porter and Edwin R van Teijlingen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:34
  7. National guidelines recommend that healthy pregnant women take 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise a day. Most women reduce the level of physical activity during pregnancy but only a few studies of women's...

    Authors: Hanne K Hegaard, Hanne Kjaergaard, Peter P Damm, Kerstin Petersson and Anna-Karin Dykes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:33
  8. Care for women during the third stage aims to reduce the risk of major haemorrhage, but is very variable. The current World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation is that care should include administration o...

    Authors: Hosam E Matar, Muhammad Q Almerie, Mohamad Alsabbagh, Muhammad Jawoosh, Yara Almerie, Asma Abdulsalam and Lelia Duley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:32
  9. The challenge of delivering multiple, complex messages to promote maternal and newborn health in the terai region of Nepal was addressed through training Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) to counsel preg...

    Authors: Robert A McPherson, Jyotsna Tamang, Stephen Hodgins, Laxmi R Pathak, Ram C Silwal, Abdullah H Baqui and Peter J Winch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:31
  10. Skilled attendance at delivery is an important indicator in monitoring progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5 to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015. In addition...

    Authors: Amy J Kesterton, John Cleland, Andy Sloggett and Carine Ronsmans
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:30
  11. Effective maternal and perinatal audits are associated with improved quality of care and reduction of severe adverse outcome. Although audits at the level of care were formally introduced in Tanzania around 25...

    Authors: Angelo S Nyamtema, David P Urassa, Andrea B Pembe, Felix Kisanga and Jos van Roosmalen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:29
  12. Cardiovascular disease is the cause of death in 32% of women in the Netherlands. Prediction of an individual's risk for cardiovascular disease is difficult, in particular in younger women due to low sensitive ...

    Authors: Wietske Hermes, Arie Franx, Maria G van Pampus, Kitty W Bloemenkamp, Joris A van der Post, Martina Porath, Gabrielle Ponjee, Jouke T Tamsma, Ben W Mol and Christianne J de Groot
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:28
  13. Breastfeeding provides optimal and complete nutrition for newborn babies. Although new mothers in Hong Kong are increasingly choosing to breastfeed their babies, rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and du...

    Authors: Marie Tarrant, Daniel YT Fong, Kendra M Wu, Irene LY Lee, Emmy MY Wong, Alice Sham, Christine Lam and Joan E Dodgson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:27
  14. Concerns have been raised in Australia and internationally regarding the quality and effectiveness of hospital postnatal care, although Australian women receiving postnatal care in the private maternity sector...

    Authors: Jo-Anne Rayner, Helen L McLachlan, Della A Forster, Louise Peters and Jane Yelland
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:26
  15. Humanizing birth means considering women's values, beliefs, and feelings and respecting their dignity and autonomy during the birthing process. Reducing over-medicalized childbirths, empowering women and the u...

    Authors: Roxana Behruzi, Marie Hatem, William Fraser, Lise Goulet, Masako Ii and Chizuru Misago
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:25
  16. Cigarette smoking carries a threat both to the expecting mother and her newborn. Data on the prevalence and predictors of smoking during pregnancy is limited in Canada. Canadian studies are mainly representati...

    Authors: Ban Al-Sahab, Masarat Saqib, Gabriel Hauser and Hala Tamim
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:24
  17. There are two approaches to care during the third stage of labour: Active management includes three components: administration of a prophylactic uterotonic drug, cord clamping and controlled cord traction. For...

    Authors: Diane Farrar, Derek Tuffnell, Rebecca Airey and Lelia Duley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:23
  18. The occurrence of preterm birth remains a complex public health condition. It is considered the main cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, resulting in a high likelihood of sequelae in surviving children....

    Authors: Renato Passini Jr, Ricardo P Tedesco, Sergio T Marba, Jose G Cecatti, Ruth Guinsburg, Francisco E Martinez and Marcelo L Nomura
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:22
  19. According to an old Swiss proverb, "a new mother lazing in childbed is a blessing to her family". Today mothers rarely enjoy restful days after birth, but enter directly into the challenge of combining baby- a...

    Authors: Elisabeth Kurth, Elisabeth Spichiger, Elisabeth Zemp Stutz, Johanna Biedermann, Irene Hösli and Holly P Kennedy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:21
  20. Breech presentation occurs in 3 to 4% of all term pregnancies. External cephalic version (ECV) is proven effective to prevent vaginal breech deliveries and therefore it is recommended by clinical guidelines of...

    Authors: Floortje Vlemmix, Ageeth N Rosman, Margot AH Fleuren, Marlies EB Rijnders, Antje Beuckens, Monique C Haak, Bettina MC Akerboom, Joke MJ Bais, Simone MI Kuppens, Dimitri N Papatsonis, Brent C Opmeer, Joris AM van der Post, Ben Willem J Mol and Marjolein Kok
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:20
  21. Whilst there has been increasing research interest in interventions which promote physical activity during pregnancy few studies have yielded detailed insights into the views and experiences of overweight and ...

    Authors: Zoe Weir, Judith Bush, Stephen C Robson, Catherine McParlin, Judith Rankin and Ruth Bell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:18
  22. It has been shown that plasma carnitine concentrations decrease markedly during gestation. A recent study performed with a low number of subjects suggested that this effect could be due to a low iron status wh...

    Authors: Robert Ringseis, Nicole Hanisch, Gregor Seliger and Klaus Eder
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:17
  23. Maternal weight and maternal weight gain during pregnancy exert a significant influence on infant birth weight and the incidence of macrosomia. Fetal macrosomia is associated with an increase in both adverse o...

    Authors: Jennifer Walsh, Rhona Mahony, Michael Foley and Fionnuala Mc Auliffe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:16
  24. Most women use some method of pain relief during labour. There is extensive research evidence available of pharmacological pain relief during labour; however this evidence is not readily available to pregnant ...

    Authors: Camille H Raynes-Greenow, Natasha Nassar, Siranda Torvaldsen, Lyndal Trevena and Christine L Roberts
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:15
  25. In Tanzania, maternal mortality ratio remains unacceptably high at 578/100,000 live births. Despite a high coverage of antenatal care (96%), only 44% of deliveries take place within the formal health services....

    Authors: Declare Mushi, Rose Mpembeni and Albrecht Jahn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:14
  26. In Tanzania, more than 90% of all pregnant women attend antenatal care at least once and approximately 62% four times or more, yet less than five in ten receive skilled delivery care at available health units....

    Authors: Moke Magoma, Jennifer Requejo, Oona MR Campbell, Simon Cousens and Veronique Filippi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:13
  27. Women with severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are at risk of developing chronic hypertension in future. Chronic hypertension may manifest initially as persistent hypertension at the end of the puerperium. The obje...

    Authors: Emmanuel B Ndayambagye, Miriam Nakalembe and Dan K Kaye
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:12
  28. Activated Protein C Resistance (APCR), a poor anticoagulant response of APC in haemostasis, is the commonest heritable thrombophilia. Adverse outcomes during pregnancy have been linked to APCR. This study dete...

    Authors: Sara Sedano-Balbás, Mark Lyons, Brendan Cleary, Margaret Murray, Geraldine Gaffney and Majella Maher
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:11
  29. The Perineal Assessment and Repair Longitudinal Study (PEARLS) is a national clinical quality improvement initiative designed to improve the assessment and management of perineal trauma. Perineal trauma affects a...

    Authors: Debra E Bick, Christine Kettle, Sue Macdonald, Peter W Thomas, Robert K Hills and Khaled MK Ismail
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:10
  30. Four million neonatal deaths are estimated to occur each year and almost all in low income countries, especially among the poorest. There is a paucity of data on newborn health from sub-Saharan Africa and few ...

    Authors: Peter Waiswa, Stefan Peterson, Goran Tomson and George W Pariyo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:9
  31. Preterm birth and stillbirth are complex local and global health problems requiring an interdisciplinary approach and an international commitment. Stakeholders developed recommendations for a Global Action Age...

    Authors: Craig E Rubens, Michael G Gravett, Cesar G Victora and Toni M Nunes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S7

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  32. Despite the substantial global burden of preterm and stillbirth, little attention has been given to the ethical considerations related to research and interventions in the global context. Ethical dilemmas surr...

    Authors: Maureen Kelley and Craig E Rubens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S6

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  33. Efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve maternal and child health can be accelerated by addressing preterm birth and stillbirth. However, most global health stakeholders are unawa...

    Authors: Megan Sather, Anne-Véronique Fajon, Rachel Zaentz and Craig E Rubens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S5

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  34. The efficacious interventions identified in the previous article of this report will fail unless they are delivered at high and equitable coverage. This article discusses critical delivery constraints and stra...

    Authors: Cesar G Victora and Craig E Rubens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S4

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  35. Interventions directed toward mothers before and during pregnancy and childbirth may help reduce preterm births and stillbirths. Survival of preterm newborns may also be improved with interventions given durin...

    Authors: Fernando C Barros, Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Maneesh Batra, Thomas N Hansen, Cesar G Victora and Craig E Rubens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  36. Normal and abnormal processes of pregnancy and childbirth are poorly understood. This second article in a global report explains what is known about the etiologies of preterm births and stillbirths and identif...

    Authors: Michael G Gravett, Craig E Rubens and Toni M Nunes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S2

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  37. This is the first of seven articles from a preterm birth and stillbirth report. Presented here is an overview of the burden, an assessment of the quality of current estimates, review of trends, and recommendat...

    Authors: Joy E Lawn, Michael G Gravett, Toni M Nunes, Craig E Rubens and Cynthia Stanton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10(Suppl 1):S1

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  38. Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy is associated with development of cerebral palsy and cognitive disability later in life and is therefore one of the fundamental problems in perinatal medicine. The xanthine-oxi...

    Authors: Joepe J Kaandorp, Manon JNL Benders, Carin MA Rademaker, Helen L Torrance, Martijn A Oudijk, Timo R de Haan, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Monique Rijken, Maria G van Pampus, Arie F Bos, Martina M Porath, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, Christine Willekes, AW Danilo Gavilanes, Maurice GAJ Wouters, Ruurd M van Elburg…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:8
  39. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. GDM is a well known risk factor for foetal overgrowth, termed macrosomia which is influenced by maternal hypergycemia and...

    Authors: Oussama Grissa, Akadiri Yessoufou, Inès Mrisak, Aziz Hichami, Daniel Amoussou-Guenou, Abir Grissa, François Djrolo, Kabir Moutairou, Abdelhedi Miled, Hédi Khairi, Monia Zaouali, Iheb Bougmiza, Aabdelkarim Zbidi, Zouheir Tabka and Naim A Khan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:7
  40. One of the most important causes of maternal mortality and severe morbidity worldwide is post partum haemorrhage (PPH). Factors as substandard care are frequently reported in the international literature and t...

    Authors: Mallory D Woiski, Rosella PMG Hermens, Johanna M Middeldorp, Jan A Kremer, Marco A Marcus, Maurice GAJ Wouters, Richard P Grol, Fred K Lotgering and Hubertina CJ Scheepers
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:5
  41. Relatively little is known about current practice during the third stage of labour in low and middle income countries. We conducted a survey of attitudes and an audit of practice in a large maternity hospital ...

    Authors: Astrit Bimbashi, Eriseida Ndoni, Anika Dokle and Lelia Duley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:4
  42. External cephalic version (ECV) is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to convert a breech fetus to vertex position and reduce the need for cesarean delivery. The goal of thi...

    Authors: Jonathan M Tan, Alex Macario, Brendan Carvalho, Maurice L Druzin and Yasser Y El-Sayed
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:3
  43. In many developing countries, the maternal mortality ratio remains high with huge poor-rich inequalities. Programmes aimed at improving maternal health and preventing maternal mortality often fail to reach poo...

    Authors: Por Ir, Dirk Horemans, Narin Souk and Wim Van Damme
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:1
  44. The use of tocolytic hospitalization in antenatal care is controversial and worthy of more research. We investigated individual, institutional, and area factors that affect the use of tocolytic hospitalization...

    Authors: Ke-Zong Michelle Ma, Edward C Norton, Eing-Mei Tsai and Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:59
  45. Stillbirths need to count. They constitute the majority of the world's perinatal deaths and yet, they are largely invisible. Simply counting stillbirths is only the first step in analysis and prevention. From ...

    Authors: J Frederik Frøen, Sanne J Gordijn, Hany Abdel-Aleem, Per Bergsjø, Ana Betran, Charles W Duke, Vincent Fauveau, Vicki Flenady, Sven Gudmund Hinderaker, G Justus Hofmeyr, Abdul Hakeem Jokhio, Joy Lawn, Pisake Lumbiganon, Mario Merialdi, Robert Pattinson and Anuraj Shankar
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:58
  46. The purpose of this article was to describe effective strategies for recruitment of Hispanic women into a prospective cohort study of modifiable risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Although H...

    Authors: Lisa Chasan-Taber, Renée T Fortner, Valerie Hastings and Glenn Markenson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:57
  47. Preterm delivery (PTD) is a significant public health problem associated with greater risk of mortality and morbidity in infants and mothers. Pathophysiologic processes that may lead to PTD start early in preg...

    Authors: Daniel A Enquobahrie, Michelle A Williams, Chunfang Qiu, Seid Y Muhie, Kimberly Slentz-Kesler, Zhaoping Ge and Tanya Sorenson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:56

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