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  1. Intimate partner violence (IPV) before and during pregnancy is associated with a broad range of adverse health outcomes. Describing the extent and the evolution of IPV is a crucial step in developing intervent...

    Authors: An-Sofie Van Parys, Ellen Deschepper, Kristien Michielsen, Marleen Temmerman and Hans Verstraelen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:294
  2. Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is a serious matter which threatens maternal and fetal health. The aim of this study was to develop a grounded theoretical model of women’s experience of IPV du...

    Authors: Hafrún Finnbogadóttir, Anna-Karin Dykes and Christine Wann-Hansson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:293
  3. Women with bilateral abnormal uterine artery Doppler velocimetry (UtADV) are at increased risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome. This study aimed to determine if additional assessment of midtrimester angiogeni...

    Authors: Johannes Stubert, Stefanie Ullmann, Michael Bolz, Thomas Külz, Max Dieterich, Dagmar-Ulrike Richter and Toralf Reimer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:292
  4. Maternal perception of decreased fetal movements is a specific indicator of fetal compromise, notably in the context of poor fetal growth. There is currently no agreed numerical definition of decreased fetal m...

    Authors: Billie Bradford and Robyn Maude
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:288
  5. Antenatal care service which is among strategies to maintain maternal and fetal wellbeing is strongly recommended to be initiated early during pregnancy. To developing world where there is uncommon practice of...

    Authors: Temesgen Worku Gudayu, Solomon Meseret Woldeyohannes and Abdella Amano Abdo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:287
  6. Maternal counting of fetal movement is a popular and valuable screening tool of fetal wellbeing, however it is still not known what percentage of healthy pregnant women who gave birth to healthy term newborns ...

    Authors: Mahdi Sheikh, Sedigheh Hantoushzadeh and Mamak Shariat
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:286
  7. Cesarean section (CS) rate has increased rapidly over the past two decades in China mainly driven by non-medical factors. This study was to compare recalled preferences for CS among first-time mothers in early...

    Authors: Wei Deng, Reija Klemetti, Qian Long, Zhuochun Wu, Chenggang Duan, Wei-Hong Zhang, Carine Ronsmans, Yu Zhang and Elina Hemminki
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:285
  8. Adequate antenatal care is important to both the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Given South Africa’s high rate of cellphone penetration, mobile health interventions have been touted as a poten...

    Authors: Yan Kwan Lau, Tali Cassidy, Damian Hacking, Kirsty Brittain, Hanne Jensen Haricharan and Marion Heap
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:284
  9. Oxidative stress plays a role in the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia. Supplementing women with antioxidants during pregnancy may reduce oxidative stress and thereby prevent or delay the onset pre-eclampsia. The ...

    Authors: Paul Kiondo, Gakenia Wamuyu-Maina, Julius Wandabwa, Gabriel S Bimenya, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye and Pius Okong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:283
  10. Birth preparedness and complication readiness is the process of planning for normal birth and anticipating the actions needed in case of an emergency. It is also a strategy to promote the timely use of skilled...

    Authors: Desalegn Markos and Daniel Bogale
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:282
  11. The partograph is a graphic display of the progress of labour, recommended by the World Health Organization, but often underused in practice in low- and middle-income countries. We were interested in going bey...

    Authors: Elizabeth Ollerhead and David Osrin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:281
  12. Audits provide a rational framework for quality improvement by systematically assessing clinical practices against accepted standards with the aim to develop recommendations and interventions that target modif...

    Authors: Hasan S Merali, Stuart Lipsitz, Nathanael Hevelone, Atul A Gawande, Angela Lashoher, Priya Agrawal and Jonathan Spector
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:280
  13. Availability of skilled care at birth remains a major problem in most developing countries. In an effort to increase access to skilled birth attendance, the Kenyan government implemented the community midwifer...

    Authors: Margaret Titty Mannah, Charlotte Warren, Shiphrah Kuria and Adetoro A Adegoke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:279
  14. Pre-eclampsia remains a dominant cause of maternal and fetal mortality in developed countries. In a previous prospective study we identified a fall in the VEGF-A isoform VEGF-A165b in the plasma of patients in th...

    Authors: Victoria L Bills, Maryam Hamdollah-Zadeh, Peter W Soothill, Steven J Harper and David O Bates
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:278
  15. Assessment of quality of life after childbirth is an important health-outcome measurement for new mothers and is of special interest in midwifery. The Mother-Generated Index (MGI) is a validated instrument to ...

    Authors: Susanne Grylka-Baeschlin, Edwin van Teijlingen and Mechthild M Gross
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:277
  16. Trials of interventions for PPH prevention and treatment rely on different measurement methods for the quantification of blood loss and identification of PPH. This study’s objective was to compare measures of ...

    Authors: Shubha Ambardekar, Tara Shochet, Hillary Bracken, Kurus Coyaji and Beverly Winikoff
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:276
  17. Childbirth fear is reported to affect around 20% of women. However reporting on levels of symptom severity vary. Unlike Scandinavian countries, there has been limited focus on childbirth fear in Australia. The...

    Authors: Jocelyn Toohill, Jennifer Fenwick, Jenny Gamble and Debra K Creedy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:275
  18. Parents with past and current eating disorders (ED) have been shown to report troubles nourishing their infants. This could increase the risk of infant feeding problems linked to maternal anxiety and depressio...

    Authors: Claire Squires, Christophe Lalanne, Nasha Murday, Vassiliki Simoglou and Laurence Vaivre-Douret
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:274
  19. Women in pregnancy and postpartum have an increased vulnerability to develop an affective disorder. Affective disorders in pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of prematurity, dysmaturity (foetal we...

    Authors: Hanna M Heller, Annemieke van Straten, Christianne JM de Groot and Adriaan Honig
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:273
  20. The Multiple Courses of Antenatal Corticosteroids for Preterm Birth Study (MACS) showed no benefit in the reduction of major neonatal mortality/morbidity or neurodevelopment at 2 and 5 years of age. Using the dat...

    Authors: Elizabeth Asztalos, Andrew Willan, Kellie Murphy, Stephen Matthews, Arne Ohlsson, Saroj Saigal, Anthony Armson, Edmond Kelly, Marie-France Delisle, Amiram Gafni, Shoo Lee, Renee Sananes, Joanne Rovet, Patricia Guselle and Kofi Amankwah
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:272
  21. The length of time between two successive live births (birth interval), is associated with child survival in the developing world. Short birth intervals (<24 months) contribute to infant and child mortality ri...

    Authors: Tobias F Chirwa, Jocelyn N Mantempa, Felly Lukumu Kinziunga, Joseph D Kandala and Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:271
  22. After the launch of Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer scheme in India, the proportion of women giving birth in institutions has rapidly increased. However, there are important gaps in quality...

    Authors: Kirti Iyengar, Motilal Jain, Sunil Thomas, Kalpana Dashora, William Liu, Paramsukh Saini, Rajesh Dattatreya, Indrani Parker and Sharad Iyengar
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:270
  23. Male involvement in various health practices is recognized as an important factor in improving maternal and child health outcomes. Male involvement interventions involve men in a variety of ways, at varying le...

    Authors: Mari Dumbaugh, Charlotte Tawiah-Agyemang, Alexander Manu, Guus HA ten Asbroek, Betty Kirkwood and Zelee Hill
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:269
  24. Interventions to reduce maternal mortality have focused on delivery in facilities, yet in many low-resource settings rates of facility-based birth have remained persistently low. In Tanzania, rates of facility...

    Authors: Shannon A McMahon, Asha S George, Joy J Chebet, Idda H Mosha, Rose NM Mpembeni and Peter J Winch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:268
  25. Hypothermia contributes to neonatal morbidity and mortality in low-income countries, yet little is known about thermal care practices in rural African settings. We assessed adoption and community acceptability...

    Authors: Donat Shamba, Joanna Schellenberg, Zoe Jane-Lara Hildon, Irene Mashasi, Suzanne Penfold, Marcel Tanner, Tanya Marchant and Zelee Hill
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:267
  26. Over the last decades there has been a reduction of social inequalities in Brazil, as well as a strong expansion of health services, including prenatal care. The objective of the present study was to estimate ...

    Authors: Ariane Cristina Ferreira Bernardes, Raimundo Antonio da Silva, Liberata Campos Coimbra, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto Alves, Rejane Christine de Sousa Queiroz, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Heloisa Bettiol, Marco Antônio Barbieri and Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:266
  27. Skilled attendance at delivery is recognized as one of the most important factors in preventing maternal death. However, more than 50% of births in Kenya still occur in non-institutional locations supported by...

    Authors: Yoshito Kawakatsu, Tomohiko Sugishita, Kennedy Oruenjo, Steve Wakhule, Kennedy Kibosia, Eric Were and Sumihisa Honda
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:265
  28. Two prenatal screening tests for congenital anomalies are offered to all pregnant women in the Netherlands on an opt-in basis: the Combined Test (CT) for Down syndrome at twelve weeks, and the Fetal Anomaly Sc...

    Authors: Janneke T Gitsels - van der Wal, Pieternel S Verhoeven, Judith Manniën, Linda Martin, Hans S Reinders, Evelien Spelten and Eileen K Hutton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:264
  29. The aim of the study was to explore the degree of psychological distress, anxiety, and trauma related stress reactions in mothers who experience preterm birth. Secondarily, we wanted to identify possible predi...

    Authors: Aud R Misund, Per Nerdrum and Trond H Diseth
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:263
  30. Exclusive breast-feeding (EBF) is the practice of feeding only breast milk (including expressed breast milk) during the first six months and no other liquids and solid foods except medications. The time to ces...

    Authors: Tebikew Yeneabat, Tefera Belachew and Muluneh Haile
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:262
  31. Unintended pregnancies may carry serious consequences for women and their families, including the possibility of unsafe abortion, delayed prenatal care, poor maternal mental health and poor child health outcom...

    Authors: Sebastian Eliason, Frank Baiden, Barbara A Yankey and Kofi Awusabo–Asare
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:261
  32. Limited information is available concerning investigating the separate effect of teenage childbirth on medical issues in the antenatal and perinatal periods. Therefore, this study aimed to assess medical probl...

    Authors: Chun-Che Huang, Yung-Chieh Lin, Yu-Tung Huang and Kuang-Hua Huang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:260
  33. Skilled attendance at delivery is critical in prevention of maternal deaths. However, many women in low- and middle-income countries still deliver without skilled assistance. This study was carried out to iden...

    Authors: Calistus Wilunda, Gianluca Quaglio, Giovanni Putoto, Peter Lochoro, Giovanni Dall’Oglio, Fabio Manenti, Andrea Atzori, Rose Miligan Lochiam, Risa Takahashi, Aline Mukundwa and Koyejo Oyerinde
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:259
  34. The occurrence of obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS) has increased in most high-income countries during the past twenty years. The consequences of these injuries can be devastating for women and have an...

    Authors: Malin Edqvist, Helena Lindgren and Ingela Lundgren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:258
  35. There are limited data on the impact of cesarean section delivery on HIV-1 infected women in Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of mode of delivery on HIV-1 disease progress...

    Authors: Jennifer A Unger, Barbra A Richardson, Phelgona A Otieno, Carey Farquhar, Dalton Wamalwa and Grace C John-Stewart
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:257
  36. Birth weight reflects gestational conditions and development during the fetal period. Low birth weight (LBW) may be associated with antenatal care (ANC) adequacy and quality. The purpose of this study was to a...

    Authors: Cátia Regina Branco da Fonseca, Maria Wany Louzada Strufaldi, Lídia Raquel de Carvalho and Rosana Fiorini Puccini
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:255
  37. The birth of a first child is an important event in a woman’s life. Delivery psychological impacts vary depending on whether delivery has been positively or negatively experienced. Delivery experience determin...

    Authors: Marie-Julia Guittier, Christine Cedraschi, Nasir Jamei, Michel Boulvain and Francis Guillemin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:254
  38. Promotion of healthy pregnancies has gained high priority in the Netherlands because of the relatively unfavourable perinatal health outcomes. In response a nationwide study Healthy Pregnancy 4 All was initiat...

    Authors: Semiha Denktaş, Jashvant Poeran, Sabine F van Voorst, Amber A Vos, Lieke C de Jong-Potjer, Adja JM Waelput, Erwin Birnie, Gouke J Bonsel and Eric AP Steegers
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:253
  39. Indications for the ex utero intrapartum therapy (EXIT) procedure have evolved and nowadays in addition to secure the airway, obtain vascular access, administer surfactant and other resuscitation medications, ...

    Authors: Lutgardo García-Díaz, Juan Carlos de Agustín, Antonio Ontanilla, Maria Luisa Marenco, Antonio Pavón, Antonio Losada and Guillermo Antiñolo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:252
  40. Persistent disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians evidence a need to prioritise responsive practice in Maternal Child Health (MCH). This...

    Authors: Crystal Jongen, Janya McCalman, Roxanne Bainbridge and Komla Tsey
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:251
  41. Obesity is a public health problem and is increasing in all populations, including pregnant women. It influences maternal and neonatal outcomes; however, data are scarce in developing countries. We aimed to co...

    Authors: Ana Carolina S Calderon, Silvana M Quintana, Alessandra C Marcolin, Aderson T Berezowski, Luiz Gustavo O Brito, Geraldo Duarte and Ricardo C Cavalli
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:249
  42. Improving the quality of care women receive during childbirth is as important as ensuring increased availability of care and numbers of healthcare providers. To be able to improve quality of care, it is import...

    Authors: Elizabeth O’Donnell, Bettina Utz, Diana Khonje and Nynke van den Broek
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:248
  43. HIV-positive mothers are likely to exclusively breastfeed if they perceive exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) beneficial to them and their infants. Nevertheless, very little is known in Malawi about HIV-positive mo...

    Authors: Ursula K Kafulafula, Mary K Hutchinson, Susan Gennaro and Sally Guttmacher
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:247
  44. Despite Australian guidelines advising abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy, a relatively high number of Australian women continue to drink alcohol while pregnant. While some call for greater advocacy of t...

    Authors: Carla S Meurk, Alex Broom, Jon Adams, Wayne Hall and Jayne Lucke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:246
  45. Previous studies have investigated the impact of occupational risk factors on health outcomes among physicians. However, few studies have investigated the effects on pregnancy outcomes among physicians. In thi...

    Authors: Masumi Takeuchi, Mahbubur Rahman, Aya Ishiguro and Kyoko Nomura
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:245
  46. The maternal near-miss (MNM) concept has been developed to assess life-threatening conditions during pregnancy, childhood, and puerperium. In recent years, caesarean section (CS) rates have increased rapidly i...

    Authors: Helena Litorp, Hussein L Kidanto, Mattias Rööst, Muzdalifat Abeid, Lennarth Nyström and Birgitta Essén
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:244
  47. Each year almost 3 million newborns die within the first 28 days of life, 2.6 million babies are stillborn, and 287,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth worldwide. Effective and cost-ef...

    Authors: Lindsay Mangham-Jefferies, Catherine Pitt, Simon Cousens, Anne Mills and Joanna Schellenberg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:243

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  48. Elucidation of the biochemical pathways involved in activation of preterm and term human labour would facilitate the development of effective management and inform judgements regarding the necessity for preter...

    Authors: Robert J Phillips, Michel A Fortier and Andrés López Bernal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:241

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