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  1. The experience of giving birth has long-term implications for a woman’s health and wellbeing. The birth experience and satisfaction with birth have been associated with several factors and emotional dimensions...

    Authors: Annika Karlström, Astrid Nystedt and Ingegerd Hildingsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:251
  2. There are compelling theoretical and empirical reasons that link household food insecurity to mental distress in the setting where both problems are common. However, little is known about their association dur...

    Authors: Mulusew G. Jebena, Mohammed Taha, Motohiro Nakajima, Andrine Lemieux, Fikre Lemessa, Richard Hoffman, Markos Tesfaye, Tefera Belachew, Netsanet Workineh, Esayas Kebede, Teklu Gemechu, Yinebeb Tariku, Hailemariam Segni, Patrick Kolsteren and Mustafa al’Absi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:250
  3. Both obesity and gestational diabetes mellitus are increasing in prevalence, being a major health problem in pregnancy with independent and additive impact on obstetrics outcomes. It is recognized that inadequ...

    Authors: Inês Gante, Njila Amaral, Jorge Dores and Maria C. Almeida
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:249
  4. In the United Republic of Tanzania, the maternal mortality ratio, and neonatal mortality rate have remained high for the last 10 years. It is well documented that many complications of pregnancy are avoidable ...

    Authors: Kana Shimoda, Sebalda Leshabari, Shigeko Horiuchi, Yoko Shimpuku and Junko Tashiro
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:248
  5. Oocyte donation has been associated to gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders, placental abnormalities, preterm delivery and increased rate of caesarean delivery while simultaneously being characterized ...

    Authors: Evangelia Elenis, Agneta Skoog Svanberg, Claudia Lampic, Alkistis Skalkidou, Helena Åkerud and Gunilla Sydsjö
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:247
  6. To assess the association between maternal human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and low birth weight (LBW)/prematurity (PTD), we conducted a meta-analysis of cohort studies of HIV infected and uninfect...

    Authors: Peng-Lei Xiao, Yi-Biao Zhou, Yue Chen, Mei-Xia Yang, Xiu-Xia Song, Yan Shi and Qing-Wu Jiang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:246
  7. There is compelling evidence for the benefits of regular exercise during pregnancy, and medical practitioners (MPs) can play an important role in changing antenatal health behaviours. The purpose of this study...

    Authors: Estelle D. Watson, Brydie Oddie and Demitri Constantinou
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:245
  8. Parity is well established as a risk factor for cervical cancer. It is not clear, however, how pregnancy influences the natural history of HPV infection and cervical neoplasia. Our objective was to study the r...

    Authors: Helen Trottier, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Maria Luiza Baggio, Lenice Galan, Alex Ferenczy, Luisa L. Villa and Eduardo L. Franco
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:244
  9. Skilled birth attendance from a trained health professional during labour and delivery can prevent up to 75 % of maternal deaths. However, in low- and middle-income rural communities, lack of basic medical inf...

    Authors: Emmanuel Kweku Nakua, Justice Thomas Sevugu, Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Easmon Otupiri, Heather R. Lipkovich and Ellis Owusu-Dabo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:243
  10. Abruptio placentae remains a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Little is known about the burden of abruptio placentae in Tanzania. This study aimed to deter...

    Authors: Godwin S. Macheku, Rune Nathaniel Philemon, Olola Oneko, Pendo S. Mlay, Gileard Masenga, Joseph Obure and Michael Johnson Mahande
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:242
  11. Delays in seeking quality post abortion care services remain a major contributor to high levels of mortality and morbidity among women who experience unsafe abortion. However, little is known about the causes ...

    Authors: Michael M. Mutua, Beatrice W. Maina, Thomas O. Achia and Chimaraoke O. Izugbara
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:241
  12. Hypertensive disorders complicating pregnancy (HDCP) continues to be a leading cause of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The clinical value of placental three-dimensional power Doppler (3DPD) in ...

    Authors: Ting Yuan, Ting Zhang and Zhen Han
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:240
  13. Studies suggest Pacific Islander women have disparate rates of preterm birth, primary cesarean delivery, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and low birthweight infants. However, data is limited. In order to i...

    Authors: Ann Lee Chang, Eric Hurwitz, Jill Miyamura, Bliss Kaneshiro and Tetine Sentell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:239
  14. Reducing within-country inequities in the coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) interventions is essential to improving a country’s maternal and child health and survival rates. The community-...

    Authors: Ali Mehryar Karim, Addis Tamire, Araya Abrha Medhanyie and Wuleta Betemariam
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:238
  15. The incidence of pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy is wide ranged depending on definition, the utilised diagnostic means, and the design of the studies. PGP during pregnancy has negative effects on activit...

    Authors: Stefan Malmqvist, Inger Kjaermann, Knut Andersen, Inger Økland, Jan Petter Larsen and Kolbjørn Brønnick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:237
  16. Despite the importance attributed to good pre-pregnancy care and its potential to improve pregnancy and child health outcomes, relatively little is known about why women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care...

    Authors: Geraldine Barrett, Jill Shawe, Beth Howden, Dilisha Patel, Obiamaka Ojukwu, Pranav Pandya and Judith Stephenson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:236
  17. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan-Africa (SSA). Although clinical guidelines treating PPH are available, their implementation remains a great challenge in re...

    Authors: Julie Tort, Patrick Rozenberg, Mamadou Traoré, Pierre Fournier and Alexandre Dumont
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:235
  18. This study investigated the prevalence and socio-cultural correlates of postnatal mood disturbance amongst women 18–45 years old in Central Vietnam. Son preference and traditional confinement practices were ex...

    Authors: Linda Murray, Michael P. Dunne, Thang Van Vo, Phuong Nguyen Thi Anh, Nigar G. Khawaja and Thanh Ngoc Cao
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:234
  19. The literature attributes secular declines in small-for-gestational age (SGA) live births to changes in maternal smoking and other maternal characteristics. However, there are reasons to believe that the obser...

    Authors: Amy Metcalfe, Sarka Lisonkova and KS Joseph
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:233
  20. Preterm births (as a proportion of all births) have been increasing in many countries. There is growing evidence of increased risk of preterm birth following excisional treatment of the cervix. We estimate the...

    Authors: R. Wuntakal, Alejandra Castanon, R. Landy and P. Sasieni
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:232
  21. Discussions of maternity care in developing countries tend to emphasise service uptake and overlook choice of provider. Understanding how families choose among health providers is essential to addressing inequ...

    Authors: Glyn Alcock, Sushmita Das, Neena Shah More, Ketaki Hate, Sharda More, Shanti Pantvaidya, David Osrin and Tanja AJ Houweling
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:231
  22. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries and severe maternal morbidity in many high-income countries. Poor outcomes following PPH are often attributed to ...

    Authors: Angela Hancock, Andrew D. Weeks and Dame Tina Lavender
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:230
  23. Self-hypnosis is becoming increasingly popular as a means of labour pain management. Previous studies have produced mixed results. There are very few data on women’s views and experiences of using hypnosis in ...

    Authors: Kenneth Finlayson, Soo Downe, Susan Hinder, Helen Carr, Helen Spiby and Peter Whorwell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:229
  24. Spontaneous abortion (SA) affects 11.2% of recognized pregnancies in Korea. Many studies have focused on the increased risk of SA in obese populations, but there are few studies that have focused on underweigh...

    Authors: Sun Jae Jung, Sue Kyung Park, Aesun Shin, Sang-Ah Lee, Ji-Yeob Choi, Yun-Chul Hong, Keun-Young Yoo, Jong-Koo Lee and Daehee Kang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:228
  25. Cultural competency is now a core requirement for maternal health providers working in multicultural society. However, it has not yet received due attention in Ethiopia. This study aimed to determine the level...

    Authors: Amanu Aragaw, Tegbar Yigzaw, Desalegn Tetemke and Wubalem G/Amlak
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:227
  26. Disparity exists in maternal and infant birth outcomes of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women giving birth in the United Kingdom (UK) compared to the majority. There is therefore a need to reconsider existi...

    Authors: Rebecca Garcia, Nasreen Ali, Chris Papadopoulos and Gurch Randhawa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:226
  27. Increasing skilled birth attendance at delivery is key to reducing maternal mortality, particularly among marginalized populations. Despite China’s successful rollout of a national policy to promote facility d...

    Authors: Kunchok Gyaltsen, Jessica D. Gipson, Lhusham Gyal, Tsering Kyi, Andrew L. Hicks and Anne R. Pebley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:225
  28. Disrespect and abuse (D & A) during labor and delivery are important issues correlated with human rights, equity, and public health that also affect women’s decisions to deliver in facilities, which provide ap...

    Authors: Timothy Abuya, Charity Ndwiga, Julie Ritter, Lucy Kanya, Ben Bellows, Nancy Binkin and Charlotte E. Warren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:224
  29. It is known that intra-abdominal hypertension has high morbidity in acute pancreatitis and has detrimental effects on patients. For third trimester pregnancy complicated by acute pancreatitis, the intra-abdomi...

    Authors: Liqun Sun, Weiqin Li, Fuxi Sun, Yanxia Geng, Zhihui Tong and Jieshou Li
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:223
  30. Birth weight is an important determinant of child survival and development. So far, the prevalence and traditional maternal feeding practice correlates of low birth weight have not been explored well in Ethiop...

    Authors: Meresa Gebremedhin, Fentie Ambaw, Eleni Admassu and Haileselassie Berhane
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:222
  31. This population-based cohort study aimed to investigate the demographic and psychosocial characteristics associated with fear of childbirth and the relative importance of such fear as a predictor of elective c...

    Authors: Hege Therese Størksen, Susan Garthus-Niegel, Samantha S. Adams, Siri Vangen and Malin Eberhard-Gran
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:221
  32. Oxytocin (OXT) acts through its specific receptor (OXTR) and increased density of OXTR and/or augmented sensitivity to OXT were postulated as prerequisites of normal onset of labor. Expression of OXTR in the p...

    Authors: Dariusz Szukiewicz, Anna Bilska, Tarun Kumar Mittal, Aleksandra Stangret, Jaroslaw Wejman, Grzegorz Szewczyk, Michal Pyzlak and Jacek Zamlynski
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:220
  33. 600 mcg of oral misoprostol reduces the incidence of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), but in previous research this medication has been administered by health workers. It is unclear whether it is also safe and ef...

    Authors: Andrew D. Weeks, James Ditai, Sam Ononge, Brian Faragher, Laura J. Frye, Jill Durocher, Florence M. Mirembe, Josaphat Byamugisha, Beverly Winikoff and Zarko Alfirevic
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:219
  34. Pregnancies in hemodialysis patients are uncommon and difficult to study. Although the chance of a successful pregnancy and parturition in hemodialysis women has increased over the years, it still remains extr...

    Authors: Panxi Yu, Wenqi Diao, Qionglan Tang and Xuefeng Jiang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:218
  35. Although specialised clinics for multiple pregnancies are recommended by several Obstetrics and Gynaecology governing bodies, studies examining outcome before and after introduction of such clinics remain few,...

    Authors: Amanda Henry, Nicole Lees, Kendall J. Bein, Beverley Hall, Veronica Lim, Katie Qiao Chen, Alec W Welsh, Lisa Hui and Antonia W. Shand
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:217
  36. Despite the policy change stopping traditional birth attendants (TBAs) from conducting deliveries at home and encouraging all women to give birth at the clinic under skilled care, many women still give birth a...

    Authors: Cephas Sialubanje, Karlijn Massar, Davidson H. Hamer and Robert AC Ruiter
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:216
  37. Perinatal audit is an established method for improving the quality of perinatal care. In audit meetings substandard factors (SSF) are identified in cases of perinatal mortality and morbidity. To our knowledge ...

    Authors: Mariet Th. van Diem, Albertus Timmer, Sanne J. Gordijn, Klasien A. Bergman, Fleurisca J. Korteweg, Joke Ravise, Ellen Vreugdenhil and Jan Jaap H.M. Erwich
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:215
  38. While there is widespread acknowledgment of the need for improved quality and quantity of information on births and deaths, there has been less movement towards systematically capturing and reviewing the cause...

    Authors: Kate J Kerber, Matthews Mathai, Gwyneth Lewis, Vicki Flenady, Jan Jaap HM Erwich, Tunde Segun, Patrick Aliganyira, Ali Abdelmegeid, Emma Allanson, Nathalie Roos, Natasha Rhoda, Joy E Lawn and Robert Pattinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S9

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  39. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), launched in 2014, aims to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths, with national targets of ≤12 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births and ≤12 stillbirths per 1000 total...

    Authors: Sarah G Moxon, Harriet Ruysen, Kate J Kerber, Agbessi Amouzou, Suzanne Fournier, John Grove, Allisyn C Moran, Lara ME Vaz, Hannah Blencowe, Niall Conroy, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Joshua P Vogel, Barbara Rawlins, Rubayet Sayed, Kathleen Hill, Donna Vivio…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S8

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  40. Preterm birth is the leading cause of child death worldwide. Small and sick newborns require timely, high-quality inpatient care to survive. This includes provision of warmth, feeding support, safe oxygen ther...

    Authors: Sarah G Moxon, Joy E Lawn, Kim E Dickson, Aline Simen-Kapeu, Gagan Gupta, Ashok Deorari, Nalini Singhal, Karen New, Carole Kenner, Vinod Bhutani, Rakesh Kumar, Elizabeth Molyneux and Hannah Blencowe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S7

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  41. Around one-third of the world's 2.8 million neonatal deaths are caused by infections. Most of these deaths are preventable, but occur due to delays in care-seeking, and access to effective antibiotic treatment...

    Authors: Aline Simen-Kapeu, Anna C Seale, Steve Wall, Christabel Nyange, Shamim A Qazi, Sarah G Moxon, Mark Young, Grace Liu, Gary L Darmstadt, Kim E Dickson and Joy E Lawn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S6

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  42. Preterm birth is now the leading cause of under-five child deaths worldwide with one million direct deaths plus approximately another million where preterm is a risk factor for neonatal deaths due to other cau...

    Authors: Linda Vesel, Anne-Marie Bergh, Kate J Kerber, Bina Valsangkar, Goldy Mazia, Sarah G Moxon, Hannah Blencowe, Gary L Darmstadt, Joseph de Graft Johnson, Kim E Dickson, Juan Gabriel Ruiz Peláez, Severin Ritter von Xylander and Joy E Lawn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S5

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  43. An estimated two-thirds of the world's 2.7 million newborn deaths could be prevented with quality care at birth and during the postnatal period. Basic Newborn Care (BNC) is part of the solution and includes hy...

    Authors: Christabel Enweronu-Laryea, Kim E Dickson, Sarah G Moxon, Aline Simen-Kapeu, Christabel Nyange, Susan Niermeyer, France Bégin, Howard L Sobel, Anne CC Lee, Severin Ritter von Xylander and Joy E Lawn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S4

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  44. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of deaths for children under five years. Antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) are effective at reducing mortality and serious morbidity amongst infants born at <34 ...

    Authors: Grace Liu, Joel Segrè, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Matthews Mathai, Jeffrey M Smith, Jorge Hermida, Aline Simen-Kapeu, Pierre Barker, Mercy Jere, Edward Moses, Sarah G Moxon, Kim E Dickson, Joy E Lawn and Fernando Althabe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  45. Good outcomes during pregnancy and childbirth are related to availability, utilisation and effective implementation of essential interventions for labour and childbirth. The majority of the estimated 289,000 m...

    Authors: Gaurav Sharma, Matthews Mathai, Kim E Dickson, Andrew Weeks, G Justus Hofmeyr, Tina Lavender, Louise Tina Day, Jiji Elizabeth Mathews, Sue Fawcus, Aline Simen-Kapeu and Luc de Bernis
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S2

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  46. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality targets cannot be achieved without high quality, equitable coverage of interventions at and around the time of birth. This paper p...

    Authors: Kim E Dickson, Mary V Kinney, Sarah G Moxon, Joanne Ashton, Nabila Zaka, Aline Simen-Kapeu, Gaurav Sharma, Kate J Kerber, Bernadette Daelmans, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Matthews Mathai, Christabel Nyange, Martina Baye and Joy E Lawn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15(Suppl 2):S1

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 2

  47. The quality of antenatal care is recognized as critical to the effectiveness of care in optimizing maternal and child health outcomes. However, research has been hindered by the lack of a theoretically-grounde...

    Authors: Wendy Sword, Maureen Heaman, Mary Anne Biro, Caroline Homer, Jane Yelland, Noori Akhtar-Danesh and Amanda Bradford-Janke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:214
  48. Eclampsia and pre-eclampsia are well-recognized causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in low income countries, but are never studied in a district hospital. In order to get reliable data to facilitate the ...

    Authors: Rob Mooij, Joseph Lugumila, Masumbuko Y. Mwashambwa, Ipyana H. Mwampagatwa, Jeroen van Dillen and Jelle Stekelenburg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:213
  49. Timor-Leste is a young country in the Asia-Pacific region with a high maternal mortality rate of 557 per 100,000 live births. As most maternal deaths can be prevented by providing quality antenatal care (ANC) ...

    Authors: Vishnu Khanal, Jonia Lourenca Nunes Brites da Cruz, Shiva Raj Mishra, Rajendra Karkee and Andy H. Lee
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:211

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