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  1. To evaluate the soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), placental growth factor (PlGF), and sFlt-1/PlGF ratio for the prediction of early- and late-onset preeclampsia in a high-risk cohort.

    Authors: Pia M Villa, Esa Hämäläinen, Annukka Mäki, Katri Räikkönen, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Pekka Taipale, Eero Kajantie and Hannele Laivuori
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:110
  2. The increasing use of the ketogenic diet (KD), particularly by women of child-bearing age, raises a question about its suitability during gestation. To date, no studies have thoroughly investigated the direct ...

    Authors: Dafna Sussman, Matthijs van Eede, Michael D Wong, Susan Lee Adamson and Mark Henkelman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:109
  3. Satisfaction is the one of the most frequently reported outcome measures for quality of care. Assessment of satisfaction with maternity services is crucial, and psychometrically sound measures are needed if th...

    Authors: Alexandra Sawyer, Susan Ayers, Jane Abbott, Gillian Gyte, Heike Rabe and Lelia Duley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:108
  4. Rising caesarean section (CS) rates have been observed worldwide in recent decades. This study sought to analyse trends in CS rates and outcomes among a variety of obstetric groups at a university hospital in ...

    Authors: Helena Litorp, Hussein L Kidanto, Lennarth Nystrom, Elisabeth Darj and Birgitta Essén
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:107
  5. Operative delivery procedures, such as primary cesarean section, vacuum-assisted, and forceps-assisted vaginal delivery increase maternal and fetal morbidity, and the cost of care. We evaluated whether large f...

    Authors: Andrew Mujugira, Alfred Osoti, Ruth Deya, Stephen E Hawes and Amanda I Phipps
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:106
  6. Sterile water injections have been used as an effective intervention for the management of back pain during labour. The objective of the current research is to determine if sterile water injections, as an inte...

    Authors: Nigel Lee, Lena B Mårtensson, Caroline Homer, Joan Webster, Kristen Gibbons, Helen Stapleton, Natalie Dos Santos, Michael Beckmann, Yu Gao and Sue Kildea
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:105
  7. Both dexamethasone and betamethasone, given to women at risk of preterm birth, substantially improve short-term neonatal health, increase the chance of the baby being discharged home alive, and reduce childhoo...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, Jane E Harding, Philippa F Middleton, Chad C Andersen, Pat Ashwood and Jeffrey S Robinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:104
  8. In the UK, women are recommended to engage with maternity services and establish a plan of care prior to the 12th completed week of pregnancy. The aim of this study was to identify predictors for late initiati...

    Authors: Jenny A Cresswell, Ge Yu, Bethan Hatherall, Joanne Morris, Farah Jamal, Angela Harden and Adrian Renton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:103
  9. Medical treatment with misoprostol is a non-invasive and inexpensive treatment option in first trimester miscarriage. However, about 30% of women treated with misoprostol have incomplete evacuation of the uter...

    Authors: Marianne AC Verschoor, Marike Lemmers, Patrick M Bossuyt, Giuseppe CM Graziosi, Petra J Hajenius, Dave J Hendriks, Marcel AH van Hooff, Hannah S van Meurs, Brent C Opmeer, Maurits W van Tulder, Liesanne Bouwma, Ruby Catshoek, Peggy Geomini, Ellen R Klinkert, Josje Langenveld, Theodoor E Nieboer…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:102
  10. There has been a considerable decline in fetal and neonatal mortality in the Western world. The authors hypothesized that this decline has been largest for boys, since boys have a higher risk of fetal and neon...

    Authors: Fredrik Carlsen, Jostein Grytten and Anne Eskild
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:101
  11. There are mixed reports in the literature about obstetric intervention and maternal and neonatal outcomes for migrant women born in resource rich countries. The aim of this study was to compare the risk profil...

    Authors: Hannah G Dahlen, Virginia Schmied, Cindy-Lee Dennis and Charlene Thornton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:100
  12. Determinants of regional variation in caesarean sections can contribute explanations for the observed overall increasing trend of caesarean sections. We assessed which mechanism explains the higher rate of cae...

    Authors: Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Niklas Schmedt, Jun Zhang, Christina Lindemann, Ingo Langner and Edeltraut Garbe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:99
  13. Toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and cytomegalovirus (CMV) can negatively affect pregnancy outcomes, but can be prevented by simple precautions of pregnant women. Literature suggests that pregnant women are not alwa...

    Authors: Monique T R Pereboom, Judith Manniën, Evelien R Spelten, François G Schellevis and Eileen K Hutton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:98
  14. Social factors affect the risk of very preterm birth and may affect subsequent outcomes in those born preterm. We assessed the influence of neighbourhood socio-economic characteristics on the risk and outcomes...

    Authors: Mercedes Bonet, Lucy K Smith, Hugo Pilkington, Elizabeth S Draper and Jennifer Zeitlin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:97
  15. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is now the commonest congenital form of infective neurological handicap, recognized by the Institute of Medicine as the leading priority for the developed world in congenital in...

    Authors: Susan P Walker, Ricardo Palma-Dias, Erica M Wood, Paul Shekleton and Michelle L Giles
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:96
  16. Women presenting with reduced fetal movements (RFM) in the third trimester are at increased risk of stillbirth or fetal growth restriction. These outcomes after RFM are related to smaller fetal size on ultraso...

    Authors: Alexander EP Heazell, Giovanna Bernatavicius, Stephen A Roberts, Ainslie Garrod, Melissa K Whitworth, Edward D Johnstone, Joanna C Gillham and Tina Lavender
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:95
  17. An intercultural birthing house was established in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, as an intervention to reduce maternal mortality among indigenous women. This birth center, known locally as the Casa Materna, i...

    Authors: Kathryn Tucker, Hector Ochoa, Rosario Garcia, Kirsty Sievwright, Amy Chambliss and Margaret C Baker
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:94
  18. Maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. Near misses occur in larger numbers than maternal deaths hence they allow for a more comprehensive analysis of risk factors and determina...

    Authors: Ikeola A Adeoye, Adedeji A Onayade and Adesegun O Fatusi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:93
  19. Postpartum follow up of women who have been found to have gestational diabetes during pregnancy is essential because of the strong association of gestational diabetes with subsequent type 2 diabetes. Postal re...

    Authors: Emer Heatley, Philippa Middleton, William Hague and Caroline Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:92
  20. Magnesium sulphate is currently recommended for neuroprotection of preterm infants for women at risk of preterm birth at less than 30 weeks’ gestation, based on high quality evidence of benefit. However there ...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, Philippa F Middleton, Dominic Wilkinson, Pat Ashwood and Ross Haslam
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:91
  21. To identify risk factors, beyond fetal weight, associated with adverse maternal outcomes in delivering infants with a birthweight of 4000 g or greater, and to quantify their role in maternal complications.

    Authors: Florent Fuchs, Jean Bouyer, Patrick Rozenberg and Marie-Victoire Senat
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:90
  22. Severe perineal trauma occurs in 0.5-10% of vaginal births and can result in significant morbidity including pain, dyspareunia and faecal incontinence. The aim of this study is to determine the risk of recurre...

    Authors: Holly Priddis, Hannah G Dahlen, Virginia Schmied, Annie Sneddon, Christine Kettle, Chris Brown and Charlene Thornton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:89
  23. There is limited evidence about the ways in which maternal age and mode of conception interact with psychological, sociodemographic, health and health service factors in governing pregnancy health. The aim of ...

    Authors: Jane Fisher, Karen Wynter, Karin Hammarberg, John McBain, Frances Gibson, Jacky Boivin and Catherine McMahon
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:88
  24. Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality amongst women of reproductive age. Tubal EP is well described in industrialised countries, but less is known about its impact in low-reso...

    Authors: Nancy N Hamura, John W Bolnga, Regina Wangnapi, Andrew W Horne, Stephen J Rogerson and Holger W Unger
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:86
  25. First trimester Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) levels, routinely measured for aneuploidy screening, may predict development of preeclampsia. This study tests the hypothesis that first trimester...

    Authors: Aditi R Saxena, Ellen W Seely, Janet W Rich-Edwards, Louise E Wilkins-Haug, S Ananth Karumanchi and Thomas F McElrath
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:85
  26. In 2010, the NIH and ACOG recommended increasing women’s access to trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). This study explored access to TOLAC in California, change in access since 2007 and 2010, and characteri...

    Authors: Mary K Barger, Jennifer Templeton Dunn, Sage Bearman, Megan DeLain and Elena Gates
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:83
  27. Preeclampsia is a hypertensive, multi-system pregnancy disorder whose pathophysiology remains unclear. Elevations in circulating soluble endoglin (sENG) and placental/blood ENG mRNA expression antedate the clinic...

    Authors: Mandy J Bell, James M Roberts, Sandra A Founds, Arun Jeyabalan, Lauren Terhorst and Yvette P Conley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:82
  28. Despite the potential of prenatal care for addressing many pregnancy complications and concurrent health problems, non-western women in industrialized western countries more often make inadequate use of prenat...

    Authors: Agatha W Boerleider, Therese A Wiegers, Judith Manniën, Anneke L Francke and Walter LJM Devillé
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:81
  29. In Australia, approximately 0.1% of births occur to women 45 years or older and this rate has been increasing in recent years. There are however, few population based studies examining perinatal outcomes among...

    Authors: Mary C Carolan, Mary-Ann Davey, Maryanne Biro and Michelle Kealy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:80
  30. Fetal unilateral lung agenesis, complicated with cardiac shifting, is a rare anomaly, the diagnosis of which remains a challenge for many sonographers in routine screening programs. The present study describes...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Miao Fan, Wei-dong Ren, Li-mei Xie, Chang-wei Ding, Wei Sun, Yu Wang, Ya-jun Guo and Ai-lu Cai
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:79
  31. About 20 million cesareans occur each year in the world and rates have steadily increased in almost all middle- and high-income countries over the last decades. Maternal request is often argued as one of the k...

    Authors: Maria Regina Torloni, Ana Pilar Betrán, Pilar Montilla, Elisa Scolaro, Armando Seuc, Agustina Mazzoni, Fernando Althabe, Francesca Merzagora, Gian Paolo Donzelli and Mario Merialdi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:78
  32. The prevalence and detrimental health effects of intimate partner violence have resulted in international discussions and recommendations that health care professionals should screen women for intimate partner...

    Authors: Heidi Stöckl, Linda Hertlein, Isabelle Himsl, Nina Ditsch, Carolin Blume, Uwe Hasbargen, Klaus Friese and Doris Stöckl
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:77
  33. Uterine rupture is a common complication in women attempting their first virginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) but the risk diminishes with subsequent VBACs. It occurs in rates of 0.5-9% and is influen...

    Authors: Aruyaru Stanley Mwenda
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:76
  34. Pregnant women were recruited into the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study in two cities in Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton. In Calgary, a larger proportion of women obtain obstetrical care fr...

    Authors: Donna P Manca, Maeve O’Beirne, Teresa Lightbody, David W Johnston, Dayna-Lynn Dymianiw, Katarzyna Nastalska, Lubna Anis, Sarah Loehr, Anne Gilbert and Bonnie J Kaplan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:75
  35. Abuse in health care (AHC) has been associated with potential severe health consequences, and has further been related to maternal morbidity and mortality in childbirth. To improve our understanding of what qu...

    Authors: Anne-Mette Schroll, Hanne Kjærgaard and Julie Midtgaard
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:74
  36. Maternal and perinatal mortality continue to be a high priority problem on the health agendas of less developed countries. Despite the progress made in the last decade to quantify the magnitude of maternal mor...

    Authors: Edgar Kestler, Dilys Walker, Anabelle Bonvecchio, Sandra Sáenz de Tejada and Allan Donner
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:73
  37. Infertility is a global reproductive health issue that affects many individuals and couples. Despite the high prevalence of infertility in Ghana, no study has been done on the experiences of infertile couples ...

    Authors: Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong and Philip Baba Adongo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:72
  38. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) recommend universal prenatal screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) to identify candidates for intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent early onset neonatal GBS infecti...

    Authors: Jussara M Silva, Airton T Stein, Holger J Schünemann, Ronaldo Bordin, Ricardo Kuchenbecker and Maria de Lourdes Drachler
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:68
  39. Induction of labour is a common obstetric procedure. At present, different methods are used for induction of labour in women with an unfavourable cervix. Recently, we showed that in term women with an unfavora...

    Authors: Mieke LG ten Eikelder, Femke Neervoort, Katrien Oude Rengerink, Marta Jozwiak, Jan-Willem de Leeuw, Irene de Graaf, Maria G van Pampus, Maureen Franssen, Martijn Oudijk, Paulien van der Salm, Mallory Woiski, Paula JM Pernet, A Hanneke Feitsma, Huib van Vliet, Martina Porath, Frans Roumen…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:67

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  40. Smoking during pregnancy and in the postnatal period is a major cause of low birth weight and a range of adverse infant health outcomes. Stop smoking services can double quit rates, but only 17% of pregnant wo...

    Authors: Theresa M Marteau, Josephine Thorne, Paul Aveyard, Julie Hirst and Rachel Sokal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:66
  41. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) has well recognised adverse health implications for the mother and her newborn that are both short and long term. Obesity is a significant risk factor for developing GDM and...

    Authors: Cate Nagle, Helen Skouteris, Heather Morris, Alison Nankervis, Bodil Rasmussen, Peter Mayall and Richard L Kennedy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:65
  42. Obstetric fistula is a severe condition which can have devastating consequences for a woman’s life. Despite a considerable literature, very little is known about its prevalence. This project was conducted to c...

    Authors: Alma J Adler, Samantha Fox, Oona M R Campbell and Hannah Kuper
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:64
  43. Although record linkage of routinely collected health datasets is a valuable research resource, most datasets are established for administrative purposes and not for health outcomes research. In order for mean...

    Authors: Lyn Colvin, Linda Slack-Smith, Fiona J Stanley and Carol Bower
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:63
  44. Recent declines in the provision of prenatal care by family physicians and the integration of midwives into the Canadian health care system have led to a shift in the pattern of prenatal care provision; howeve...

    Authors: Amy Metcalfe, Kristen Grabowska, Carol Weller and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:62
  45. Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy affects 2-8% of women and is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk later in life. There is little information about the knowledge o...

    Authors: May-Britt Heidrich, Daniela Wenzel, Constantin S von Kaisenberg, Cordula Schippert and Frauke M von Versen-Höynck
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:61

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