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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Current developments in science and the media have now placed pregnant women in a precarious situation as they are charged with the responsibility to navigate through information sources to make the best decis...

    Authors: Justin M. Ashley, Alexandra Hodgson, Sapna Sharma and Jeff Nisker
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:312
  9. 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
  10. Health databases are a promising resource for epidemiological studies on medications safety during pregnancy. The reliability of information on medications exposure and pregnancy timing is a key methodological...

    Authors: Federica Edith Pisa, Anica Casetta, Elena Clagnan, Elisa Michelesio, Liza Vecchi Brumatti and Fabio Barbone
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:310
  11. Published guidelines emphasise the need for early antenatal care to promote maternal and neonatal health. Inadequate engagement with antenatal care is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes including mater...

    Authors: Habiba Kapaya, Erin Mercer, Francesca Boffey, Georgina Jones, Caroline Mitchell and Dilly Anumba
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:309
  12. Prenatal diagnostics ultrasound was established in Russia in 2000 as a routine method of screening for birth defects. The aims of the current study were twofold: to assess changes in birth defects prevalence a...

    Authors: Vitaly A. Postoev, Andrej M. Grjibovski, Evert Nieboer and Jon Øyvind Odland
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:308
  13. Because there is a lack of knowledge on the long-term consequences of maternal morbidity/near miss episodes on women´s sexual life and function we conducted a systematic review with the purpose of identifying ...

    Authors: Carla B. Andreucci, Jamile C. Bussadori, Rodolfo C. Pacagnella, Doris Chou, Veronique Filippi, Lale Say and Jose G. Cecatti
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:307
  14. Poor quality of care at health facilities is a barrier to pregnant women and their families accessing skilled care. Increasing evidence from low resource countries suggests care women receive during labor and ...

    Authors: Heather E. Rosen, Pamela F. Lynam, Catherine Carr, Veronica Reis, Jim Ricca, Eva S. Bazant and Linda A. Bartlett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:306
  15. While inferior to oxytocin injection in both efficacy and safety, orally administered misoprostol has been included in the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines for use in the prevention ...

    Authors: Danielle L. Lang, Fei-Li Zhao and Jane Robertson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:305
  16. The extended use of ultrasound that is seen in maternity care in most Western countries has not only affected obstetric care but also impacted on the conception of the fetus in relation to the pregnant woman. ...

    Authors: Annika Åhman, Margareta Persson, Kristina Edvardsson, Ann Lalos, Sophie Graner, Rhonda Small and Ingrid Mogren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:304
  17. Neonatal deaths, estimated at approximately 4 million annually, now account for almost 40 % of global mortality in children aged under-five. Bacterial sepsis is a leading cause of neonatal mortality. Assuming ...

    Authors: Anna Roca, Claire Oluwalana, Bully Camara, Abdoulie Bojang, Sarah Burr, Timothy M.E. Davis, Robin Bailey, Beate Kampmann, Jenny Mueller, Christian Bottomley and Umberto D’Alessandro
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:302
  18. Misinterpretation of the maternal heart rate (MHR) as fetal may lead to significant errors in fetal heart rate (FHR) interpretation. In this study we hypothesized that the removal of these MHR-FHR ambiguities ...

    Authors: Paula Pinto, Cristina Costa-Santos, Hernâni Gonçalves, Diogo Ayres-De-Campos and João Bernardes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:301
  19. Although several previous studies have assessed the association of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure during pregnancy with preterm birth, the results have been inconsistent and remain controversial. This m...

    Authors: Xiaoli Sun, Xiping Luo, Chunmei Zhao, Rachel Wai Chung Ng, Chi Eung Danforn Lim, Bo Zhang and Tao Liu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:300
  20. Ethiopia is one of the six countries that contributes’ to more than 50 % of worldwide maternal deaths. While it is revealed that delivery attended by skilled provider at health facility reduced maternal deaths...

    Authors: Feleke Habte and Meaza Demissie
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:299
  21. The relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and breastfeeding has been extensively discussed in the literature. However, there is some evidence that this relationship can differ with immigration status...

    Authors: Wen-chi Wu, Jennifer Chun-Li Wu and Tung-liang Chiang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:298
  22. Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality is essential to improving population health. Demand-side interventions are designed to increase uptake of critical maternal health services, but associated change in se...

    Authors: Taylor E. Hurst, Katherine Semrau, Manasa Patna, Atul Gawande and Lisa R. Hirschhorn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:297
  23. The maternal near-miss approach has been increasingly used as a tool to evaluate and improve the quality of care in maternal health. We report findings from the formative stage of a World Health Organization (...

    Authors: Hyam Bashour, Ghada Saad-Haddad, Jocelyn DeJong, Mohammed Cherine Ramadan, Sahar Hassan, Miral Breebaart, Laura Wick, Nevine Hassanein and Mayada Kharouf
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:296
  24. Placenta previa and placenta accreta carry significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Several techniques have been described in the literature for controlling massive bleeding associated with plac...

    Authors: Saad A. A. El Gelany, Ahmed R. Abdelraheim, Mo’men M. Mohammed, Mohammed T. Gad El-Rab, Ayman M. Yousef, Emad M. Ibrahim and Eissa M. Khalifa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:295
  25. Many women have inconsistent fertility desires and contraceptive use behaviors. This increases their risk of unintended pregnancies. Inconsistencies may reflect barriers to family planning (FP) use but may als...

    Authors: Ilene S. Speizer and Peter Lance
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:294
  26. The objective of this paper is to explore whether IPV 12 months before and/or during pregnancy is associated with poor psychosocial health.

    Authors: An-Sofie Van Parys, Ellen Deschepper, Kristien Michielsen, Anna Galle, Kristien Roelens, Marleen Temmerman and Hans Verstraelen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:278
  27. The paper’s primary purpose is to determine changes in magnitude and causes of institutional maternal mortality in Mozambique. We also describe shifts in the location of institutional deaths and changes in ava...

    Authors: Patricia E. Bailey, Emily Keyes, Allisyn C. Moran, Kavita Singh, Leonardo Chavane and Baltazar Chilundo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:293
  28. One in four Australians is born overseas and 47 % are either born overseas or have a parent who was. Obstetric and psychosocial risk factors for these women may differ.

    Authors: Hannah Grace Dahlen, Bryanne Barnett, Jane Kohlhoff, Maya Elizabeth Drum, Ana Maria Munoz and Charlene Thornton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:292
  29. The death of a baby before or soon after birth can place an enormous psychological toll on parents. Parent support groups have grown in response to bereaved parents’ unmet needs for support. Peer support is th...

    Authors: Frances M. Boyle, Allyson J. Mutch, Elizabeth A. Barber, Christine Carroll and Julie H. Dean
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:291
  30. To become a parent is an emotionally life-changing experience. Paternal depression during the postnatal period has been associated with emotional and behavioral problems in children. The condition has predomin...

    Authors: Kina Hammarlund, Emilie Andersson, Hanna Tenenbaum and Annelie J. Sundler
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:290
  31. Patients with morbidly adherent placenta (MAP) are under risk of massive bleeding. It readily necessitates very complicated surgery and massive blood transfusion, and even leads to mortality. Cesarean hysterec...

    Authors: Mehmet Aral Atalay, Fatma Oz Atalay and Bilge Cetinkaya Demir
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:289
  32. The World Health Organisation recommends that each country adopts its own cut-off value of low birth weight (LBW) for clinical use. The aims of this study were to establish a clinical cut-off point for LBW and...

    Authors: Tsi Njim, Julius Atashili, Robinson Mbu and Simeon-Pierre Choukem
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:288
  33. Thousands of women and newborns still die preventable deaths from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications in poor settings. Delivery with a skilled birth attendant is a vital intervention for saving liv...

    Authors: Erin Anastasi, Matthias Borchert, Oona M. R. Campbell, Egbert Sondorp, Felix Kaducu, Olivia Hill, Dennis Okeng, Vicki Norah Odong and Isabelle L. Lange
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:287
  34. The rate of caesarean sections around the world is rising each year, reaching epidemic proportions. Although many caesarean sections are performed for concerns about fetal welfare on the basis of abnormal card...

    Authors: Christine E. East, Stefan C. Kane, Mary-Ann Davey, C. Omar Kamlin and Shaun P. Brennecke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:285
  35. High levels of childbirth fear impact birth preparation, obstetric outcomes and emotional wellbeing for around one in five women living in developed countries. Higher rates of obstetric intervention and caesar...

    Authors: Jennifer Fenwick, Jocelyn Toohill, Jenny Gamble, Debra K. Creedy, Anne Buist, Erika Turkstra, Anne Sneddon, Paul A. Scuffham and Elsa L. Ryding
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:284
  36. Depression during pregnancy or after childbirth is the most frequent perinatal illness affecting women of reproductive age. It could result in unfavourable outcomes for both women and their newborns. The incid...

    Authors: Ene-Choo Tan, Tze-Ern Chua, Theresa M. Y. Lee, Hui-San Tan, Joe L. Y. Ting and Helen Y. Chen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:283
  37. Postnatal care (PNC) for the mother and infant is a neglected area, even for women who give birth in a health facility. Currently, there is very little evidence on the determinants of use of postnatal care fro...

    Authors: Diwakar Mohan, Shivam Gupta, Amnesty LeFevre, Eva Bazant, Japhet Killewo and Abdullah H Baqui
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:282
  38. Being overweight is associated with both higher systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) during pregnancy and increased risk of gestational hypertensive disorders. The objective of this...

    Authors: Luís Guedes-Martins, Mariana Carvalho, Catarina Silva, Ana Cunha, Joaquim Saraiva, Filipe Macedo, Henrique Almeida and A. Rita Gaio
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:281
  39. The risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) increases substantially with increasing maternal body mass index (BMI). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relative importance of maternal BMI and ...

    Authors: Kerstin Berntorp, Eva Anderberg, Rickard Claesson, Claes Ignell and Karin Källén
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:280
  40. Community based evidence on pregnancy outcomes in rural Africa is lacking yet it is needed to guide maternal and child health interventions. We estimated and compared adverse pregnancy outcomes and associated ...

    Authors: Gershim Asiki, Kathy Baisley, Rob Newton, Lena Marions, Janet Seeley, Anatoli Kamali and Lars Smedman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:279
  41. Healthcare access and resources differ considerably between urban and rural settings making cross-setting generalizations difficult. In resource-restricted rural/semi-rural environments, identification of feas...

    Authors: Amanda L. Wilkinson, Sarah H. Pedersen, Mark Urassa, Denna Michael, Jim Todd, Safari Kinung’hi, John Changalucha and Joann M. McDermid
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:277
  42. Induction of labour is associated with increased risk for caesarean delivery among nulliparous women. The aims of this study were to evaluate the risk factors for caesarean delivery and to investigate the risk...

    Authors: Heidi Kruit, Oskari Heikinheimo, Veli-Matti Ulander, Ansa Aitokallio-Tallberg, Irmeli Nupponen, Jorma Paavonen and Leena Rahkonen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:276
  43. Becoming parents for the first time is challenging. Mothers need both social and professional support to handle these challenges. Professionals’ attitudes affect quality of care and support. So to improve prof...

    Authors: Anette C Ekström and Stina Thorstensson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:275
  44. There is no consensus on the effect of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for the mother in the short or long term. In this study we examined HRQOL in a group of wome...

    Authors: Andriy Danyliv, Paddy Gillespie, Ciaran O’Neill, Eoin Noctor, Angela O’Dea, Marie Tierney, Brian E. McGuire, Liam G Glynn and Fidelma P Dunne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:274
  45. To compare 2D transperineal ultrasound assessment of cervical dilatation with vaginal examination and to investigate intra-observer variability of the ultrasound method.

    Authors: Sigurlaug Benediktsdottir, Torbjørn M. Eggebø and Kjell Å. Salvesen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:273
  46. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) remains a major contributor to maternal morbidity even in high resource settings, despite the development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and Advance-Trauma-Life-Sup...

    Authors: Mallory D. Woiski, Evelien Belfroid, Janine Liefers, Richard P. Grol, Hubertina C. Scheepers and Rosella P. Hermens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:272
  47. Our aim was to evaluate the difference in pregnancy outcomes and characteristics between insulin- and diet-treated women with gestational diabetes (GDM).

    Authors: Katrien Benhalima, Karolien Robyns, Paul Van Crombrugge, Natascha Deprez, Bruno Seynhave, Roland Devlieger, Johan Verhaeghe, Chantal Mathieu and Frank Nobels
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:271
  48. Medical staff’s influence on patient outcomes has become a subject of interest. We evaluated experienced midwives and compared their performance concerning perineal lacerations (PL).

    Authors: Johannes Ott, Evelyn Gritsch, Sophie Pils, Sophie Kratschmar, Regina Promberger, Rudolf Seemann, Sabine Fürst, Dagmar Bancher-Todesca and Christa Hauser-Auzinger
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:270

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