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  1. Labour pain is a major concern for women, their partners and maternity health care professionals. However, little is known about Dutch midwives’ perceptions of working with women experiencing labour pain. The ...

    Authors: Trudy Klomp, Ank de Jonge, Eileen K. Hutton, Suzanne Hers and Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:6
  2. Preterm birth defined as birth prior to 37 weeks of gestation is caused by different risk factors and implies an increased risk for disease and early death for the child. The aim of the study was to investigat...

    Authors: Caroline Lilliecreutz, Johanna Larén, Gunilla Sydsjö and Ann Josefsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:5
  3. In most high and middle income countries across the world, at least 1:4 women give birth by cesarean section. Rates of labour induction and augmentation are rising steeply; and in some countries up to 50 % of ...

    Authors: H. G. Dahlen, S. Downe, M. L. Wright, H. P. Kennedy and J. Y. Taylor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:4
  4. The aim of the study was to report the prevalence and associated findings of fetal ventriculomegaly between 11 + 0 and 13 + 6 gestational weeks and to evaluate a sonographic approach to classify first trimeste...

    Authors: Gwendolin Manegold-Brauer, Anton Oseledchyk, Anne Floeck, Christoph Berg, Ulrich Gembruch and Annegret Geipel
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:3
  5. Obstetric fistula affects a woman’s life physically, psychosocially, and economically. Although surgery can repair the physical damage of fistula, the devastating consequences that affect a woman’s quality of ...

    Authors: Laura B. Drew, Jeffrey P. Wilkinson, William Nundwe, Margaret Moyo, Ronald Mataya, Mwawi Mwale and Jennifer H. Tang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:2
  6. Sacrectomy remains a technically complex procedure for resection of malignant pelvic neoplasia. Commonly, postoperative complications include permanent neurological deficits. Only a few studies have reported t...

    Authors: Valentin V. Barsan, Valentina Briceño, Manisha Gandhi and Andrew Jea
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:1
  7. Prenatal alcohol exposure is an important modifiable cause of adverse fetal outcomes during and following pregnancy. Midwives are key providers of antenatal care, and it is important to understand the factors ...

    Authors: Rochelle E. Watkins, Janet M. Payne, Tracy Reibel, Heather M. Jones, Amanda Wilkins, Raewyn Mutch and Carol Bower
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:353
  8. Infections are responsible for 30–40 % of 4 million neonatal deaths annually. Use of chlorhexidine (CHX), a broad-spectrum topical antiseptic with strong residual activity, for umbilical cord cleansing has bee...

    Authors: Usha Dhingra, Sunil Sazawal, Pratibha Dhingra, Arup Dutta, Said Mohammed Ali, Shaali Makame Ame, Saikat Deb, Atifa Mohammed Suleiman and Robert E. Black
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:354
  9. Domestic abuse is a significant public health issue. It occurs more frequently among disabled women than those without a disability and evidence suggests that a great deal of domestic abuse begins or worsens d...

    Authors: Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Jenna P. Breckenridge, John Devaney, Fiona Duncan, Thilo Kroll, Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:350
  10. Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a major cause of direct maternal mortality in Australia and New Zealand. There has been no national population study of AFE in either country. The aim of this study was to esti...

    Authors: Nolan McDonnell, Marian Knight, Michael J. Peek, David Ellwood, Caroline S. E. Homer, Claire McLintock, Geraldine Vaughan, Wendy Pollock, Zhuoyang Li, Nasrin Javid and Elizabeth Sullivan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:352
  11. Globally, about 11 % of all annual births involve adolescents aged 15–19 years. Uganda has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study assessed stakeholders’ views concerning f...

    Authors: Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Catherine Abaasa, Peace Byamukama Natukunda, Bob Harold Ashabahebwa and Dominic Allain
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:351
  12. In African countries, caesarean sections are usually performed to save mothers and babies’ lives, sometimes in extremis and at considerable costs. Little is known about the health and lives of women once disch...

    Authors: Véronique Filippi, Rasmané Ganaba, Clara Calvert, Susan F. Murray and Katerini T. Storeng
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:348
  13. Administration of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) to women with imminent preterm birth at <34 weeks is an evidence-based antenatal neuroprotective strategy to prevent cerebral palsy. Although a Society of Obstetrician...

    Authors: Katherine C. Teela, Dane A. De Silva, Katie Chapman, Anne R. Synnes, Diane Sawchuck, Melanie Basso, Robert M. Liston, Peter von Dadelszen and Laura A. Magee
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:347
  14. Prenatal micronutrient supplements have been found to increase birth weight, but mechanisms for increased growth are poorly understood. Our hypotheses were that 1) women who receive lipid-based nutrient supple...

    Authors: Christine P. Stewart, Brietta M. Oaks, Kevin D. Laugero, Ulla Ashorn, Ulla Harjunmaa, Chiza Kumwenda, David Chaima, Kenneth Maleta, Per Ashorn and Kathryn G. Dewey
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:346
  15. Despite the well-established benefits of exercise during pregnancy, many women remain inactive. This may be related, in part, to women’s beliefs about exercise in pregnancy, which are likely influenced by cult...

    Authors: Kym J. Guelfi, Chen Wang, James A. Dimmock, Ben Jackson, John P. Newnham and Huixia Yang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:345
  16. Recent reports have shown a decrease in birth weight, a change from prior steady increases. Therefore we sought to describe the demographic and anthropometric changes in singleton term fetal growth.

    Authors: Kelly S. Gibson, Thaddeus P. Waters, Douglas D. Gunzler and Patrick M. Catalano
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:344
  17. Few studies on cluster-based synthetic effects of multiple risk factors for birth defects have been reported. The present study aimed to identify maternal exposure clusters, explore the association between clu...

    Authors: Hongyan Cao, Xiaoyuan Wei, Xingping Guo, Chunying Song, Yanhong Luo, Yuehua Cui, Xianming Hu and Yanbo Zhang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:343
  18. Cesarean scar syndrome results from a postoperative defect of the uterine isthmus, also known as an isthmocele. Patients present with gynecological symptoms, such as abnormal genital bleeding or infertility, a...

    Authors: Hirotaka Masuda, Hiroshi Uchida, Tetsuo Maruyama, Kenji Sato, Suguru Sato and Mamoru Tanaka
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:342
  19. High neonatal mortality persists in Tanzania. Rates of decline are slow, in part because postnatal care (PNC) services for addressing this problem remain severely underutilized. This study assesses factors ass...

    Authors: Almamy M. Kanté, Christine E. Chung, Anna M. Larsen, Amon Exavery, Kassimu Tani and James F. Phillips
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:341
  20. To study the knowledge of a large city population on preconception folic acid supplementation and intention to seek for preconception care within an urban perinatal health program.

    Authors: Sevilay Temel, Özcan Erdem, Toon A. J. J. Voorham, Gouke J. Bonsel, Eric A. P. Steegers and Semiha Denktaş
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:340
  21. There is worldwide debate regarding the appropriateness and safety of different birthplaces for well women. The Evaluating Maternity Units (EMU) study’s primary objective was to compare clinical outcomes for w...

    Authors: Celia P. Grigg, Sally K. Tracy, Virginia Schmied, Amy Monk and Mark B. Tracy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:339
  22. In developing countries, facility-based delivery is recommended for maternal and neonatal health, and for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). However, little is known about whether or not l...

    Authors: Raluca Buzdugan, Sandra I. McCoy, Karen Webb, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva, Nancy S. Padian and Frances M. Cowan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:338
  23. Essential interventions can improve maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, but their implementation has been challenging. Innovative MNH approaches have the potential t...

    Authors: Karsten Lunze, Ariel Higgins-Steele, Aline Simen-Kapeu, Linda Vesel, Julia Kim and Kim Dickson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:337
  24. Folic acid (FA) supplementation before and during the first trimester can reduce the risk of occurrence of preterm delivery (PTD). Preconception body mass index (BMI) is also associated with PTD. This study ai...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Wang, Zongfu Cao, Zuoqi Peng, Xiaona Xin, Ya Zhang, Ying Yang, Yuan He, Jihong Xu and Xu Ma
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:336
  25. While rates of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) have continued to rise, it is not clear if the association with other morbidity and transfusion has changed over time. This study explores the recent trend in postpa...

    Authors: Jane B. Ford, Jillian A. Patterson, Sean K. M. Seeho and Christine L. Roberts
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:334
  26. Unacceptably high levels of maternal deaths still occur in many sub-Saharan countries and the health systems may not favour effective use of lessons from maternal death reviews to improve maternal survival. We...

    Authors: Moke Magoma, Antony Massinde, Charles Majinge, Richard Rumanyika, Albert Kihunrwa and Balthazar Gomodoka
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:333
  27. Assisted vaginal delivery by vacuum extraction is frequent. Metallic resterilizible metallic vacuum cups have been routinely used in France. In the last few years a new disposable semi-soft vacuum extraction c...

    Authors: Véronique Equy, Sandra David-Tchouda, Michel Dreyfus, Didier Riethmuller, Françoise Vendittelli, Victoire Cabaud, Bruno Langer, Jennifer Margier, Jean-Luc Bosson and Jean-Patrick Schaal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:332
  28. The dipstick test is widely used as a primary screening test for detection of significant proteinuria in pregnancy (SPIP). However, it often shows a false positive test result. This study was performed to dete...

    Authors: Yosuke Baba, Takahiro Yamada, Mana Obata-Yasuoka, Shun Yasuda, Yasumasa Ohno, Kosuke Kawabata, Shiori Minakawa, Chihiro Hirai, Hideto Kusaka, Nao Murabayashi, Yusuke Inde, Michikazu Nagura, Hiromi Hamada, Atsuo Itakura, Akihide Ohkuchi, Makoto Maeda…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:331
  29. Several African countries have recently reduced/removed user fees for maternal care, producing considerable increases in the utilization of delivery services. Still, across settings, a conspicuous number of wo...

    Authors: Manuela De Allegri, Justin Tiendrebéogo, Olaf Müller, Maurice Yé, Albrecht Jahn and Valéry Ridde
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:330
  30. The nutrition and epidemiologic transition has been associated with an increasing incidence of preterm birth in developing countries, but data from large observational studies in China have been limited. Our s...

    Authors: Haiqing Xu, Qiong Dai, Yusong Xu, Zhengtao Gong, Guohong Dai, Ming Ding, Christopher Duggan, Zubin Hu and Frank B. Hu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:329
  31. Tanzania is among ten countries that account for a majority of the world’s newborn deaths. However, data on time-to-discharge after facility delivery, receipt of postpartum messaging by time to discharge and w...

    Authors: Shannon A. McMahon, Diwakar Mohan, Amnesty E. LeFevre, Idda Mosha, Rose Mpembeni, Rachel P. Chase, Abdullah H. Baqui and Peter J. Winch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:328
  32. Since 2007 the Danish Health and Medicines Authority has advised total alcohol abstinence from the time of trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy. The prevalence of binge drinking among pregnant Danish wo...

    Authors: Mette Langeland Iversen, Nina Olsén Sørensen, Lotte Broberg, Peter Damm, Morten Hedegaard, Ann Tabor and Hanne Kristine Hegaard
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:327
  33. Approximately half of preterm births are attributable to maternal infections, which are commonly undetected and untreated in low-income settings. Our primary aim is to determine the impact of early pregnancy s...

    Authors: Anne CC Lee, Mohammad A. Quaiyum, Luke C. Mullany, Dipak K. Mitra, Alain Labrique, Parvez Ahmed, Jamal Uddin, Iftekhar Rafiqullah, Sushil DasGupta, Arif Mahmud, Emilia H. Koumans, Parul Christian, Samir Saha and Abdullah H. Baqui
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:326
  34. The midwifery profession is crucial for a functioning health system aiming at improved maternal and child health outcomes. Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) can be used as a tool to understand actors’ interaction...

    Authors: Malin Upper Bogren, Helena Wigert, Lars Edgren and Marie Berg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:325
  35. No consensus definition of macrosomia currently exists among researchers and obstetricians. We aimed to identify a definition of macrosomia that is more predictive of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbi...

    Authors: Jiangfeng Ye, Maria Regina Torloni, Erika Ota, Kapila Jayaratne, Cynthia Pileggi-Castro, Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo, Pisake Lumbiganon, Naho Morisaki, Malinee Laopaiboon, Rintaro Mori, Özge Tunçalp, Fang Fang, Hongping Yu, João Paulo Souza, Joshua Peter Vogel and Jun Zhang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:324
  36. Most low-risk pregnant women receive the standard model of prenatal care with frequent office visits. Research suggests that a reduced schedule of visits among low-risk women could be implemented without incre...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Ridgeway, Annie LeBlanc, Megan Branda, Roger W. Harms, Megan A. Morris, Kate Nesbitt, Bobbie S. Gostout, Lenae M. Barkey, Susan M. Sobolewski, Ellen Brodrick, Jonathan Inselman, Anne Baron, Angela Sivly, Misty Baker, Dawn Finnie, Rajeev Chaudhry…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:323
  37. Super-obesity is associated with significantly elevated rates of obstetric complications, adverse perinatal outcomes and interventions. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, risk factors, ...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Sullivan, Jan E. Dickinson, Geraldine A Vaughan, Michael J. Peek, David Ellwood, Caroline SE Homer, Marian Knight, Claire McLintock, Alex Wang, Wendy Pollock, Lisa Jackson Pulver, Zhuoyang Li, Nasrin Javid, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson and Leonie Callaway
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:322
  38. The factors related to the treatment of nausea during pregnancy have not yet been investigated in several countries simultaneously. The present study aimed to describe differences in self-reported nausea durin...

    Authors: Kristine Heitmann, Lone Holst, Angela Lupattelli, Caroline Maltepe and Hedvig Nordeng
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:321
  39. The concept of neonatal near miss has been proposed as a tool for assessment of quality of care in neonates who suffered any life-threatening condition. However, there are no internationally agreed concepts or...

    Authors: Juliana P. Santos, Cynthia Pileggi-Castro, Jose S. Camelo Jr, Antonio A. Silva, Pablo Duran, Suzanne J. Serruya and Jose G. Cecatti
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:320
  40. Preeclampsia is a major pregnancy complication without curative treatment available. A Norwegian Preeclampsia Family Cohort was established to provide a new resource for genetic and molecular studies aiming to...

    Authors: Linda Tømmerdal Roten, Liv Cecilie Vestrheim Thomsen, Astrid Solberg Gundersen, Mona Høysæter Fenstad, Maria Lisa Odland, Kristin Melheim Strand, Per Solberg, Christian Tappert, Elisabeth Araya, Gunhild Bærheim, Ingvill Lyslo, Kjersti Tollaksen, Line Bjørge and Rigmor Austgulen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:319
  41. Eating disorders during pregnancy can affect fetal growth and the child’s early development, but the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate serum biomar...

    Authors: Saloua Koubaa, Tore Hällström, Kerstin Brismar, Per M Hellström and Angelica Lindén Hirschberg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:318
  42. Exercise during pregnancy is associated with health benefits for both the mother and the fetus, and is therefore recommended in several national guidelines. Only few studies investigate whether these guideline...

    Authors: Lotte Broberg, Anne S. Ersbøll, Mette G. Backhausen, Peter Damm, Ann Tabor and Hanne K Hegaard
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:317
  43. A substantial number of women tend to be affected by Lumbo Pelvic Pain (LPP) following child birth. Physical exercise is indicated as a beneficial method to relieve LPP, but individual studies appear to sugges...

    Authors: Pei-Ching Tseng, Shuby Puthussery, Yannis Pappas and Meei-Ling Gau
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:316
  44. Oral misoprostol, administered by trained health-workers is effective and safe for preventing postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). There is interest in expanding administration of misoprostol by non-health workers, i...

    Authors: Sam Ononge, Oona M. R. Campbell, Frank Kaharuza, James J. Lewis, Katherine Fielding and Florence Mirembe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:315
  45. Vitamin D deficiency is a common nutritional issue and dietary supplementation in the general population, including pregnant women, is generally advised. Appropriately high levels of vitamin D are expected to ...

    Authors: Abdulrahman Al-Ajlan, Soundararajan Krishnaswamy, Majed S. Alokail, Naji J. Aljohani, Amal Al-Serehi, Eman Sheshah, Naemah M. Alshingetti, Mona Fouda, Iqbal Z. Turkistani and Nasser M. Al-Daghri
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:314
  46. Manual removal of the placenta is an invasive obstetric procedure commonly used for the management of retained placenta. However, it is unclear whether antibiotic prophylaxis is beneficial in preventing infect...

    Authors: Ezinne C. Chibueze, Alexander J. Q. Parsons, Erika Ota, Toshiyuki Swa, Olufemi T. Oladapo and Rintaro Mori
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:313
  47. Poor oral health, such as periodontal (gum) disease, has been found to be associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes including preterm birth, low birth weight, and neonatal and infant mort...

    Authors: Hong Jiang, Xu Xiong, Pierre Buekens, Yi Su and Xu Qian
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:311

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