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  1. Women with type 1 diabetes strive for optimal glycemic control before and during pregnancy to avoid adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes. For most women, optimal glycemic control is challenging to achieve ...

    Authors: Denice S. Feig, Elizabeth Asztalos, Rosa Corcoy, Alberto De Leiva, Lois Donovan, Moshe Hod, Lois Jovanovic, Erin Keely, Craig Kollman, Ruth McManus, Kellie Murphy, Katrina Ruedy, J. Johanna Sanchez, George Tomlinson and Helen R. Murphy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:167

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:249

  2. Of the 5.54 million stillbirths and neonatal deaths occurring globally each year, a significant amount of these occur in the setting of inadequate intrapartum care. The introduction of universal umbilical arte...

    Authors: Emma R. Allanson, Kate Grobicki, Robert C. Pattinson and Jan E. Dickinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:166
  3. As making preparations for birth and health facility delivery are behaviours linked to positive maternal and newborn health outcomes, we aimed to describe what birth preparations were made, where women deliver...

    Authors: Tara Tancred, Tanya Marchant, Claudia Hanson, Joanna Schellenberg and Fatuma Manzi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:165
  4. Arterial dissection is a rare complication of pregnancy and puerperium. There have been reports of aortic, coronary and cervical artery dissection in association with preeclampsia, however, vertebral artery di...

    Authors: Renuka Shanmugalingam, Nina Reza Pour, Siang Chye Chuah, Thi Mong Vo, Roy Beran, Annemarie Hennessy and Angela Makris
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:164
  5. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) affects 10–20 % of monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) births and accounts for 50 % of fetal loss in MCDA pregnancies. This exploratory qualitative study identified shared ...

    Authors: Rebecca Fischbein, James Meeker, Julia R. Saling, Michelle Chyatte and Lauren Nicholas
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:163
  6. The rate of neonatal overweight remains generally high in type 1 diabetes (T1DM). Since glycemic control has improved over time other contributors need to be identified. Our aim is to evaluate the risk factors...

    Authors: Astrid Morrens, Johan Verhaeghe, Christine Vanhole, Roland Devlieger, Chantal Mathieu and Katrien Benhalima
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:162
  7. Current guidelines recommend that pregnant women without contraindications should engage in 30 min or more of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week, however, many women fail to achieve this goal...

    Authors: Ming Jing Ong, Karen E. Wallman, Paul A. Fournier, John P. Newnham and Kym J. Guelfi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:161
  8. Low birth weight (LBW) is one of the major factors affecting child morbidity and mortality worldwide. It also results in substantial costs to the health sector and imposes a significant burden on the society a...

    Authors: Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Vida Kukula, Gabriel Odonkor, Rosemond Akepene Ekey, Alexander Adjei, Solomon Narh-Bana, David Etsey Akpakli and Margaret Gyapong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:160
  9. In Australia, significant disparity persists in stillbirth rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) and non-Indigenous women. Diabetes, hypertension, antepartum haemorrhage a...

    Authors: Ibinabo Ibiebele, Michael Coory, Gordon C. S. Smith, Frances M Boyle, Susan Vlack, Philippa Middleton, Yvette Roe and Vicki Flenady
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:159
  10. Until recently, WHO recommended daily iron supplementation for all pregnant women (60 mg/d iron combined with 400ug/d folic acid) where anaemia rates exceeded 40 %. Recent studies indicate that this may pose a...

    Authors: Amat Bah, Rita Wegmuller, Carla Cerami, Lindsay Kendall, Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Sophie E. Moore and Andrew M. Prentice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:157
  11. Pregnant women form one of the high risk groups facing hypovitaminosis D. Low level of vitamin D will affect directly or indirectly both mother and fetus. Screening vitamin D in the first trimester of pregnanc...

    Authors: Noriklil Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, Zaleha Md Isa, Khadijah Shamsuddin, Khor Geok Lin, Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy, Haslinda Hassan and Noor Sharifatul Hana Yeop
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:156
  12. Authors: Junichi Hasegawa, Akihiko Sekizawa, Tomoaki Ikeda, Mitsuhiko Koresawa, Isamu Ishiwata, Masakiyo Kawabata and Katsuyuki Kinoshita
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:155

    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:4

  13. Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. As preventive strategies are largely ineffective, threatened preterm labor is a frequent problem that affects approximately 10 % of pregnanci...

    Authors: Frederik J. R. Hermans, Ewoud Schuit, Brent C. Opmeer, Martijn A. Oudijk, Mireille Bekker, Mallory Woiski, Caroline J. Bax, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina C. J. Scheepers, Maureen T. M. Franssen, Eva Pajkrt, Ben Willem J. Mol and Marjolein Kok
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:154
  14. Exposure to arsenic in drinking water has been associated with various complications of pregnancy including fetal loss, low birth weight, anemia, gestational diabetes and spontaneous abortion. However, to date...

    Authors: Ada Sandoval-Carrillo, Edna M. Méndez-Hernández, Elizabeth I. Antuna-Salcido, Sergio M. Salas-Pacheco, Fernando Vázquez-Alaniz, Alfredo Téllez-Valencia, Marisela Aguilar-Durán, Marcelo Barraza-Salas, Francisco X. Castellanos-Juárez, Osmel La Llave-León and José M. Salas-Pacheco
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:153
  15. Obstructed labour remains a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality whose complications can be reduced with improved quality of obstetric care. The objective was to assess whether criteria-based audit ...

    Authors: Herbert Kayiga, Judith Ajeani, Paul Kiondo and Dan K. Kaye
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:152
  16. Repeat HIV testing in late pregnancy has the potential to decrease rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by identifying mothers who seroconvert after having tested negative for HIV in early pregnancy. D...

    Authors: Anna Joy Rogers, Elly Weke, Zachary Kwena, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Patrick Oyaro, Craig R. Cohen and Janet M. Turan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:151
  17. We aimed to define the frequency and predictors of successful external cephalic version in a nationally-representative cohort of women with breech presentations and to compare maternal outcomes associated with...

    Authors: Carolyn F. Weiniger, Deirdre J. Lyell, Lawrence C. Tsen, Alexander J. Butwick, BatZion Shachar, William M. Callaghan, Andreea A. Creanga and Brian T. Bateman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:150
  18. Delivery at health institutions under the care of trained health-care providers and utilization of postnatal cares services plays vital roles in promoting child survival and reducing the risk of maternal morta...

    Authors: Birhanu Darega, Nagasa Dida, Fikru Tafese and Shimeles Ololo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:149
  19. In 2013, the Government of India launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) in order to better address the health needs of urban populations, including the nearly 100 million living in slums. Maternal a...

    Authors: May Sudhinaraset, Naomi Beyeler, Sandhya Barge and Nadia Diamond-Smith
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:148
  20. Pregnancy and childbirth are socio-cultural events that carry varying meanings across different societies and cultures. These are often translated into social expectations of what a particular society expects ...

    Authors: Sheetal Sharma, Edwin van Teijlingen, Vanora Hundley, Catherine Angell and Padam Simkhada
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:147
  21. Evidence suggests that the hormonal milieu of pregnancy is an important determinant of subsequent cancer and other chronic diseases in both the mother and the offspring. Many of the existing maternity and birt...

    Authors: Helena Schock, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Eva Lundin, Kjell Grankvist, Hans-Åke Lakso, Annika Idahl, Matti Lehtinen, Heljä-Marja Surcel and Renée T. Fortner
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:146
  22. Prenatal cardiac screening is of great importance as it contributes to appropriate neonatal management and helps parents to make a decision regarding their pregnancy. The aim of our study was to evaluate the e...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Ai-Lu Cai, Wei-dong Ren, Ya-Jun Guo, Dong-yu Zhang, Wei Sun, Yu Wang, Lei Wang, Yue Qin and Li-ping Huang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:145
  23. Around the world, more than three million newborns die in their first months of life every year. In Ethiopia during the last five years period; neonatal mortality is 37 deaths per 1000 live births. Even though...

    Authors: Haftom Gebrehiwot Misgna, Haftu Berhe Gebru and Mulugeta Molla Birhanu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:144
  24. Satisfaction with birth care is part of quality assessment of care. The aim of this study was to investigate possible differences in satisfaction with intrapartum care among low-risk women, randomized to a mid...

    Authors: Stine Bernitz, Pål Øian, Leiv Sandvik and Ellen Blix
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:143
  25. There are recent efforts made to eliminate inequalities in the utilisation of basic health care services. More emphasis is given for improvement of health in developing countries including maternal and child h...

    Authors: Yibeltal T. Bayou, Yohana S. Mashalla and Gloria Thupayagale-Tshweneagae
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:142
  26. The World Health Organization has recommended at least four antenatal care (ANC) visits and skilled attendants at birth. Most pregnant women in rural communities in low-income countries do not achieve the mini...

    Authors: Benjamin Amoah, Evelyn A. Anto, Prince K. Osei, Kojo Pieterson and Alessandro Crimi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:141
  27. Both short and long interpregnancy intervals have been associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. There is limited information about the impact of interpregnancy interval on pregnancy (IP...

    Authors: Michael J. Mahande and Joseph Obure
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:140
  28. B cells play a role in pregnancy due to their humoral and regulatory activities. To our knowledge, different maturational stages (from transitional to memory) of circulating B cell subsets have not yet been ch...

    Authors: Jorge Lima, Catarina Martins, Maria J. Leandro, Glória Nunes, Maria-José Sousa, Jorge C. Branco and Luís-Miguel Borrego
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:139
  29. Religiosity in health care delivery has attracted some attention in contemporary literature. The religious beliefs and practices of patients play an important role in the recovery of the patient. Pregnant wome...

    Authors: Lydia Aziato, Philippa N. A. Odai and Cephas N. Omenyo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:138
  30. Postpartum depression is a common condition, which consequences might be harmful for both mother and child. Since sleep and depression are closely related it is possible that women who suffer from sleep relate...

    Authors: Maria Sarberg, Marie Bladh, Eva Svanborg and Ann Josefsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:137
  31. Since the 2009 WHO and UNICEF recommendation that women receive home-based postnatal care within the first three days after birth, a growing number of low-income countries have explored integrating postnatal h...

    Authors: Margaret McConnell, Allison Ettenger, Claire Watt Rothschild, Faith Muigai and Jessica Cohen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:136
  32. Results of previous studies on the association between maternal haemoglobin concentration during pregnancy and stillbirth risk are inconclusive. It is not clear if haemoglobin concentration before pregnancy ha...

    Authors: Siavash Maghsoudlou, Sven Cnattingius, Olof Stephansson, Mohsen Aarabi, Shahriar Semnani, Scott M. Montgomery and Shahram Bahmanyar
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:135
  33. It is estimated that 287,000 women worldwide die annually from pregnancy and childbirth-related conditions, and 6.9 million under-five children die each year, of which about 3 million are newborns. Most of the...

    Authors: Bakar Fakih, Azzah A. S. Nofly, Ali O. Ali, Abdallah Mkopi, Ali Hassan, Ali M. Ali, Kate Ramsey, Theopista John Kabuteni, Godfrey Mbaruku and Mwifadhi Mrisho
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:134
  34. Worldwide there is increasing interest in the manipulation of human gut microbiota by the use of probiotic supplements to modify or prevent a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Probiotic inte...

    Authors: Christine Barthow, Kristin Wickens, Thorsten Stanley, Edwin A. Mitchell, Robyn Maude, Peter Abels, Gordon Purdie, Rinki Murphy, Peter Stone, Janice Kang, Fiona Hood, Judy Rowden, Phillipa Barnes, Penny Fitzharris, Jeffrey Craig, Rebecca F. Slykerman…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:133
  35. Postpartum women’s recovery from birth can be assisted through increased physical activity (PA). However, women face substantial barriers to participating in exercise and require support to enable them to bene...

    Authors: Maryam Saligheh, Beverley McNamara and Rosanna Rooney
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:131
  36. Immigrants experience significant challenges when in contact with healthcare and report less satisfaction with maternity care compared to native Swedes. Research that gives voice to pregnant immigrant women an...

    Authors: Tommy Carlsson, Ulla Melander Marttala, Elisabet Mattsson and Anders Ringnér
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:130
  37. In spite of government efforts, maternal mortality in Tanzania is currently at more than 400 per 100,000 live births. Community-based interventions that encourage safe motherhood and improved health-seeking be...

    Authors: Furaha August, Andrea B. Pembe, Rose Mpembeni, Pia Axemo and Elisabeth Darj
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:129
  38. Pregnancy associated cardiovascular pathologies have a significant impact on outcome for mother and child. Bioimpedance cardiography may provide additional outcome-relevant information early in pregnancy and m...

    Authors: Martin Andreas, Lorenz Kuessel, Stefan P. Kastl, Stefan Wirth, Kathrin Gruber, Franziska Rhomberg, Fatemeh A. Gomari-Grisar, Maximilian Franz, Harald Zeisler and Michael Gottsauner-Wolf
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:128
  39. Pregnant women sometimes worry about their unborn baby’s health, often due to decreased fetal movements. The aim of this study was to examine how women, who consulted health care due to decreased fetal movemen...

    Authors: Anders Linde, Susanne Georgsson, Karin Pettersson, Sofia Holmström, Emma Norberg and Ingela Rådestad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:127
  40. Induction of labour (IOL) has become more common among many populations, but the trends and drivers of IOL in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are not known. This study investigated trends in IOL and a...

    Authors: Pasqualina Coffey, John Condon, Karen Dempsey, Steven Guthridge and Fintan Thompson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:126
  41. Unwarranted variation in care practice and outcomes has gained attention and inter-hospital comparisons are increasingly being used to highlight and understand differences between hospitals. Adjustment for cas...

    Authors: Johan Mesterton, Peter Lindgren, Anna Ekenberg Abreu, Lars Ladfors, Monica Lilja, Sissel Saltvedt and Isis Amer–Wåhlin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:125
  42. Perinatal depression has a significant impact on both mother and child. However, the influence of hormonal changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period remains unclear. This article provides a systematic...

    Authors: Sunaina Seth, Andrew J. Lewis and Megan Galbally
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:124
  43. Postnatal care (PNC) in the first seven days is important for preventing morbidity and mortality in mothers and new-borns. Sub-Saharan African countries, which account for 62 % of maternal deaths globally, hav...

    Authors: Bernard N. Rwabufigiri, Judith Mukamurigo, Dana R. Thomson, Bethany L. Hedt-Gautier and Jean Paul S. Semasaka
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:122
  44. Uptake rates for Down syndrome screening in the Netherlands are low compared to other European countries. To investigate the low uptake, we explored women’s reasons for participation and possible influences of...

    Authors: Neeltje M. T. H. Crombag, Hennie Boeije, Rita Iedema-Kuiper, Peter C. J. I. Schielen, Gerard H. A. Visser and Jozien M. Bensing
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:121
  45. Risk factors for teenage pregnancy are linked to many factors, including a family history of teenage pregnancy. This research examines whether a mother’s teenage childbearing or an older sister’s teenage pregn...

    Authors: Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, Leslie L. Roos and Nathan C. Nickel
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:120
  46. Low serum vitamin D [25(OH)D] has been associated with different health problems worldwide. However, its causal role in several diseases remains unclear. We aimed to correlate vitamin D status with maternal an...

    Authors: Ghadeer K. Al-Shaikh, Gehan H. Ibrahim, Amel A. Fayed and Hazem Al-Mandeel
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:119
  47. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) women are at greater risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes than non-Indigenous women. Pregnancy care has a key role in identifying and addressing modi...

    Authors: Melanie E. Gibson-Helm, Alice R. Rumbold, Helena J. Teede, Sanjeeva Ranasinha, Ross S. Bailie and Jacqueline A. Boyle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:118

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