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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:64

  18. Psychiatric disorders are equally common during pregnancy as among non-pregnant women, and many of these conditions are treated with psychotropic medicines. Relatively little is known about patterns of use of ...

    Authors: Gillian E Hanley and Barbara Mintzes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:242
  19. 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
  20. With a view to improve neonatal survival, data on birth outcomes are critical for planning maternal and child health care services. We present information on neonatal survival from Ifakara Health and Demograph...

    Authors: Majige Selemani, Mathew A Mwanyangala, Sigilbert Mrema, Amri Shamte, Dan Kajungu, Abdallah Mkopi, Michael Johnson Mahande and Rose Nathan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:240
  21. The reduction of the preterm delivery (PTD) rate is a maternal and child health target. Elevated rates have been found among several immigrant groups, but few studies have distinguished between PTD according t...

    Authors: Ingvil K Sørbye, Anne K Daltveit, Johanne Sundby and Siri Vangen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:239
  22. Despite the efforts to decrease the rate of preterm birth, preterm delivery is still the main cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Identifying patients threatened with preterm delivery remains one of the...

    Authors: Slawomir Wozniak, Piotr Czuczwar, Piotr Szkodziak, Pawel Milart, Ewa Wozniakowska and Tomasz Paszkowski
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:238
  23. In the Netherlands, prenatal screening follows an opting in system and comprises two non-invasive tests: the combined test to screen for trisomy 21 at 12 weeks of gestation and the fetal anomaly scan to detect...

    Authors: Janneke T Gitsels–van der Wal, Judith Manniën, Lisanne A Gitsels, Hans S Reinders, Pieternel S Verhoeven, Mohammed M Ghaly, Trudy Klomp and Eileen K Hutton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:237
  24. Current research into severe perineal trauma (3rd and 4th degree) focuses upon identification of risk factors, preventative practices and methods of repair, with little focus on women’s experiences of, and intera...

    Authors: Holly S Priddis, Virginia Schmied, Christine Kettle, Anne Sneddon and Hannah G Dahlen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:236
  25. Obesity during pregnancy is reported in approximately one in five pregnant women worldwide. It increases the risk of pregnancy complications many of which necessitate Cesarean section (CS). This study determin...

    Authors: Waqar Al-Kubaisy, Mazin Al-Rubaey, Redhwan A Al-Naggar, Ban Karim and Nor Aini Mohd Noor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:235
  26. Although disabled women are significantly more likely to experience domestic abuse during pregnancy than non-disabled women, very little is known about how maternity care access and utilisation is affected by ...

    Authors: Jenna P Breckenridge, John Devaney, Thilo Kroll, Anne Lazenbatt, Julie Taylor and Caroline Bradbury-Jones
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:234
  27. Prolonged labour very often causes suffering from difficulties that may have lifelong implications. This study aimed to explore the prevalence and treatment of prolonged labour and to compare birth outcome and...

    Authors: Astrid Nystedt and Ingegerd Hildingsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:233
  28. Given regional variability and minimal improvement in infant mortality rates in Pakistan, this study aimed to explicate sociocultural influences impacting mothers’ efforts to maintain or improve newborn health.

    Authors: Shahirose Premji, Shaneela Khowaja, Salima Meherali and Rachelle Forgeron
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:232
  29. In 2007, 95% of women in Botswana delivered in health facilities with 73% attending at least 4 antenatal care visits. HIV-prevalence in pregnant women was 28.7%. The maternal mortality ratio in 2010 was 163 de...

    Authors: Farai D Madzimbamuto, Sunanda C Ray, Keitshokile D Mogobe, Doreen Ramogola-Masire, Raina Phillips, Miriam Haverkamp, Mosidi Mokotedi and Mpho Motana
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:231
  30. All sonomarkers used to screen for fetal hemoglobin (Hb) Bart’s disease need high expertise, preventing them from being widely used. Fetal cardiac diameter to biparietal diameter (C/B) ratio is a simple marker...

    Authors: Nopamas Thathan, Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Suchaya Luewan, Kasemsri Srisupundit, Fuanglada Tongprasert and Theera Tongsong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:230
  31. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for aneuploidies is now available through commercial companies in many countries, including through private practice in the United Kingdom (UK). Thorough evaluation of serv...

    Authors: Melissa Hill, David Wright, Rebecca Daley, Celine Lewis, Fiona McKay, Sarah Mason, Nicholas Lench, Abigail Howarth, Christopher Boustred, Kitty Lo, Vincent Plagnol, Kevin Spencer, Jane Fisher, Mark Kroese, Stephen Morris and Lyn S Chitty
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:229
  32. Increasing rates of overweight have been reported. In Germany, women of childbearing age are especially affected. Those women are at increased risks of several peri- and postnatal complications. The purpose of...

    Authors: Nina Ferrari, Peter Mallmann, Konrad Brockmeier, Heiko Klaus Strüder and Christine Graf
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:228
  33. The reasons why women do not obtain prenatal care even when it is available and accessible are complex. Despite Canada’s universally funded health care system, use of prenatal care varies widely across neighbo...

    Authors: Maureen I Heaman, Michael Moffatt, Lawrence Elliott, Wendy Sword, Michael E Helewa, Heather Morris, Patricia Gregory, Lynda Tjaden and Catherine Cook
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:227
  34. The International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) recommends universal screening with a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) using stricter criteria for gestational diabetes (GDM...

    Authors: Katrien Benhalima, Paul Van Crombrugge, Johan Verhaeghe, Sofie Vandeginste, Hilde Verlaenen, Chris Vercammen, Els Dufraimont, Christophe De Block, Yves Jacquemyn, Farah Mekahli, Katrien De Clippel, Roland Devlieger and Chantal Mathieu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:226
  35. Whereas good data are available on the resuscitation of infants, little is known regarding support of postnatal transition in low-risk term infants after c-section. The present study was performed to describe ...

    Authors: Dimitrios Konstantelos, Sascha Ifflaender, Jürgen Dinger, Wolfram Burkhardt and Mario Rüdiger
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:225
  36. In spite of major gains in contraceptive prevalence over the last few decades, many women in most parts of the developing world who would like to delay or avoid pregnancy do not use any method of contraception...

    Authors: Jean Christophe Fotso, Chimaraoke Izugbara, Teresa Saliku and Rhoune Ochako
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:224
  37. For most women, participation in decision-making during maternity care has a positive impact on their childbirth experiences. Shared decision-making (SDM) is widely advocated as a way to support people in thei...

    Authors: Marianne J Nieuwenhuijze, Irene Korstjens, Ank de Jonge, Raymond de Vries and Antoine Lagro-Janssen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:223
  38. Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant mortality globally, including Brazil. We will evaluate whether oral magnesium citrate reduces the risk of placental dysfunction and its negative consequences for bo...

    Authors: Joao Guilherme B Alves, Carla Adriane Fonseca Leal de Araújo, Isabelle E A Pontes, Angélica C Guimarães and Joel G Ray
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:222
  39. Few studies have investigated whether women can accurately recall their birthing experiences after a long period. We investigated the consistency of women’s memories of their childbirth experiences between tho...

    Authors: Kenji Takehara, Makiko Noguchi, Takuya Shimane and Chizuru Misago
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:221
  40. Treatment and care for female genital fistula have become increasingly available over the last decade in countries across Africa and South Asia. Before the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetric...

    Authors: Joseph K Ruminjo, Veronica Frajzyngier, Muhammad Bashir Abdullahi, Frank Asiimwe, Thierno Hamidou Barry, Abubakar Bello, Dantani Danladi, Sanda Oumarou Ganda, Sa’ad Idris, Maman Inoussa, Maura Lynch, Felicity Mussell, Dulal Chandra Podder, Abba Wali and Mark A Barone
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:220
  41. Maternal mortality continues to be a heavy burden in low and middle income countries where half of all deliveries take place in homes without skilled attendance. The study aimed to investigate the underlying a...

    Authors: Selia Ng’anjo Phiri, Torvid Kiserud, Gunnar Kvåle, Jens Byskov, Bjørg Evjen-Olsen, Charles Michelo, Elizabeth Echoka and Knut Fylkesnes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:219
  42. Women in Wales are more likely to be obese in pregnancy than in any other United Kingdom (UK) country. Midwives are ideally placed to explore nutrition, physical activity and weight management concerns however...

    Authors: Andrea Basu, Lynne Kennedy, Karen Tocque and Sharn Jones
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:218
  43. Authors: Verena Sengpiel, Jonas Bacelis, Ronny Myhre, Solveig Myking, Aase Devold Pay, Margaretha Haugen, Anne-Lise Brantsæter, Helle Margrete Meltzer, Roy M Nilsen, Per Magnus, Stein Emil Vollset, Staffan Nilsson and Bo Jacobsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:202

    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:160

  44. Several maternity units in the developing world lack facilities for caesarean section and often have to transfer patients in extremis. This case controlled study aimed to appraise predictive factors for caesar...

    Authors: Oluwarotimi Ireti Akinola, Adetokunbo O Fabamwo, Adetokunbo O Tayo, Kabiru A Rabiu, Yusuf A Oshodi and Mercy E Alokha
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:217
  45. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on weight management in pregnancy in July 2010 (NICE public health guidance 27: 2010), and this received considerable press c...

    Authors: Madelynne A Arden, Alexandra MS Duxbury and Hora Soltani
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:216
  46. Cesarean delivery (CD) rates are rising in many parts of the world. To define strategies to reduce them, it is important to identify their clinical and organizational determinants. The objective of this cross-...

    Authors: Elisa Stivanello, Paola Rucci, Jacopo Lenzi and Maria Pia Fantini
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:215
  47. Studies from the United States and the United Kingdom have found that imprisoned women are less likely to experience poorer maternal and perinatal outcomes than other disadvantaged women. This population-based...

    Authors: Jane R Walker, Lisa Hilder, Michael H Levy and Elizabeth A Sullivan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:214
  48. Some women continue smoking during pregnancy despite the extensive information available on the dangers smoking poses to their fetus. This study aimed to examine the prevalence and determinants of smoking befo...

    Authors: Janne Smedberg, Angela Lupattelli, Ann-Charlotte Mårdby and Hedvig Nordeng
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:213

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