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  1. Maternal mortality remains a major public health issue worldwide, with persistent high rates prevailing principally in underdeveloped countries. The objective of this study was to determine the risk factors fo...

    Authors: Alvaro José Correia Pacheco, Leila Katz, Alex Sandro Rolland Souza and Melania Maria Ramos de Amorim
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:91
  2. Adverse birth outcomes are major public health problems in developing countries. Data, though scarce in developing countries including Ethiopia, on adverse birth outcomes and the risk factors are important for...

    Authors: Akilew Awoke Adane, Tadesse Awoke Ayele, Leta Gedefaw Ararsa, Bikes Destaw Bitew and Berihun Megabiaw Zeleke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:90
  3. In many low-income countries women tend to deliver at home, and delays in receiving appropriate maternal care can be fatal. A contextual understanding of these delays is important if countries are to meet deve...

    Authors: Joanna Morrison, Rita Thapa, Machhindra Basnet, Bharat Budhathoki, Kirti Tumbahangphe, Dharma Manandhar, Anthony Costello and David Osrin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:89
  4. Although the majority of women in England initiate breastfeeding, approximately one third cease breastfeeding by six weeks and many of these women report they would like to have breastfed for longer.

    Authors: Laura L Oakley, Jane Henderson, Maggie Redshaw and Maria A Quigley
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:88
  5. Since its introduction in the 1960s Anti-D immunoglobulin (Anti-D Ig) has been highly successful in reducing the incidence of haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) and achieving improvements to ma...

    Authors: Julie Kent, Anne-Maree Farrell and Peter Soothill
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:87
  6. The trend to delay motherhood to the age of 30 and beyond is established in most high-income countries but relatively little is known about potential effects on maternal emotional well-being. This study invest...

    Authors: Vigdis Aasheim, Ulla Waldenström, Svein Rasmussen, Birgitte Espehaug and Erica Schytt
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:86
  7. Despite the benefits of mother-newborn skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, it has not been universally implemented as routine care for healthy term neonates. Midwifes are the first person to contact ...

    Authors: Fatemeh Nahidi, Sedigheh Sadat Tavafian, Mohammad Heidarzadeh, Ebrahim Hajizadeh and Ali Montazeri
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:85
  8. The occipito-posterior (OP) fetal head position during the first stage of labour occurs in 10-34% of cephalic presentations. Most will spontaneous rotate in anterior position before delivery, but 5-8% of all b...

    Authors: Marie-Julia Guittier, Véronique Othenin-Girard, Olivier Irion and Michel Boulvain
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:83
  9. Showing a prevalence rate of 0.5-0.8%, urogenital malformations discovered in newborns is regarded relatively common. The aim of this study is to examine the efficacy of ultrasound diagnostics in detecting dev...

    Authors: Artur Beke, Fanni Rebeka Eros, Barbara Pete, Istvan Szabo, Eva Gorbe and Janos Rigo Jr
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:82
  10. Obstetric hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal mortality in resource limited areas. An inexpensive pneumatic anti-shock garment was devised of bicycle tubes and tailored cloth which can be prepared...

    Authors: Nancy L Kerr, Mark Hauswald, Suman Raj Tamrakar, David A Wachter and Gillian M Baty
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:81
  11. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) represents a serious problem for women and obstetricians. Because of its association with hemorrhagic shock and predisposition to disseminated coagulopathy, it is a leading cause of...

    Authors: Pavol Zubor, Karol Kajo, Karol Dokus, Stefan Krivus, Lubomir Straka, Kristina Biskupska Bodova and Jan Danko
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:80
  12. A recent meta-analysis showed no relationships between light to moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the risk of low birth weight (LBW), preterm birth (PTB), or small-for-gestational-age (SGA). He...

    Authors: Yoshihiro Miyake, Keiko Tanaka, Hitomi Okubo, Satoshi Sasaki and Masashi Arakawa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:79
  13. Bangladesh is one of the few countries that may actually achieve the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in time, despite skilled birth attendance remaining low. The purpose of this paper is to examine the...

    Authors: Ndola Prata, Suzanne Bell and Md Abdul Quaiyum
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:78
  14. The aim of this study was to assess severe maternal morbidity (SMM) and near miss (NM) cases among adolescent girls and women over 35 years of age in the Brazilian Network for Surveillance of Severe Maternal M...

    Authors: Fernando César Oliveira Jr, Fernanda Garanhani Surita, João Luiz Pinto e Silva, José Guilherme Cecatti, Mary Angela Parpinelli, Samira M Haddad, Maria Laura Costa, Rodolfo Carvalho Pacagnella, Maria Helena Sousa and João Paulo Souza
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:77
  15. Current evidence for optimal management of fetal nuchal cord detected after the head has birthed supports techniques that avoid ligation of the umbilical cord circulation. Routine audit found frequent unsafe m...

    Authors: Megan Parr, Colley Paw Dabu, Nan San Wai, Paw Si Say, Ma Ner, Nay Win Tun, Aye Min, Mary Ellen Gilder, François H Nosten and Rose McGready
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:76
  16. The subject of “pregnancy and disease” is of particular importance for maternal well-being and neonatal outcomes. The international literature has focused on acute diseases during pregnancy; however, there are...

    Authors: Ines Kersten, Anja Erika Lange, Johannes Peter Haas, Christoph Fusch, Holger Lode, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Jochen Rene Thyrian
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:75
  17. Despite the widespread recognition that obesity in pregnant women is associated with adverse outcomes for mother and child, there is no intervention proven to reduce the risk of these complications. The primar...

    Authors: Annette L Briley, Suzanne Barr, Shirlene Badger, Ruth Bell, Helen Croker, Keith M Godfrey, Bridget Holmes, Tarja I Kinnunen, Scott M Nelson, Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Nashita Patel, Stephen C Robson, Jane Sandall, Thomas Sanders, Naveed Sattar, Paul T Seed…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:74

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:111

  18. In high-resource settings, obstetric ultrasound is a standard component of prenatal care used to identify pregnancy complications and to establish an accurate gestational age in order to improve obstetric care...

    Authors: Elizabeth M McClure, Robert O Nathan, Sarah Saleem, Fabian Esamai, Ana Garces, Elwyn Chomba, Antoinette Tshefu, David Swanson, Hillary Mabeya, Lester Figuero, Waseem Mirza, David Muyodi, Holly Franklin, Adrien Lokangaka, Dieudonne Bidashimwa, Omrana Pasha…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:73
  19. In industrialized countries, improvements have been made in both maternal and newborn health. While attention to antenatal care is increasing, excessive medicalization is also becoming more common.

    Authors: Laura Bonvicini, Silvia Candela, Andrea Evangelista, Daniela Bertani, Morena Casoli, Annarella Lusvardi, Antonella Messori and Paolo Giorgi Rossi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:72
  20. In pregnancy, violence can have serious health consequences that could affect both mother and child. In Ghana there are limited data on this subject. We sought to assess the relationship between physical viole...

    Authors: Michelle Sharon Pool, Easmon Otupiri, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Ank de Jonge and Charles Agyemang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:71
  21. Maternal overweight, obesity and consequently the incidence of gestational diabetes are increasing rapidly worldwide. The objective of the study was to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a combined ...

    Authors: Kristiina Rönö, Beata Stach-Lempinen, Miira M Klemetti, Risto J Kaaja, Maritta Pöyhönen-Alho, Johan G Eriksson and Saila B Koivusalo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:70
  22. Although an increased risk of preeclampsia in pregnancies conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been reported, it remains unknown whether IVF is associated with preeclampsia. In the present study, we s...

    Authors: Noriyoshi Watanabe, Takeo Fujiwara, Tomo Suzuki, Seung Chik Jwa, Kosuke Taniguchi, Yuji Yamanobe, Kazuto Kozuka and Haruhiko Sago
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:69
  23. Interventions given to women admitted in latent or active phase of labor may influence the outcomes of labor and ameliorate complications which can affect the mother and fetus. Labour management, maternal and ...

    Authors: Clotrida Chuma, Albert Kihunrwa, Dismas Matovelo and Marietha Mahendeka
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:68
  24. At a prevalence rate of 13-25%, mental health problems are among the most common morbidities of the prenatal and postnatal periods. They have been associated with increased risk of preterm birth and low birthw...

    Authors: Dawn Kingston, Sheila McDonald, Suzanne Tough, Marie-Paule Austin, Kathy Hegadoren and Gerri Lasiuk
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:67
  25. Violence against pregnant women has been associated with gestational and perinatal disorders. Psychological violence is the type least investigated and its associated factors have been little studied. The pres...

    Authors: Marizélia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto e Alves, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Lourdes Maria Leitão Nunes de Rocha, Lilia Blima Schraiber, Nilzângela Lima Medeiros, Danielle Cristina Silva Costa, Heloisa Bettiol and Marco Antônio Barbieri
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:66
  26. Child mortality is an important indicator of a country’s developmental status. Neonatal mortality and stillbirth shared a higher proportion of child deaths. However, in developing countries where there is no c...

    Authors: Muluken Gizaw, Mitike Molla and Wubegzier Mekonnen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:64
  27. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is the single largest contributing factor to perinatal mortality in non-anomalous fetuses. Advances in antenatal and neonatal critical care have resulted in a reduction i...

    Authors: Julia Unterscheider, Keelin O’Donoghue, Sean Daly, Michael P Geary, Mairead M Kennelly, Fionnuala M McAuliffe, Alyson Hunter, John J Morrison, Gerard Burke, Patrick Dicker, Elizabeth C Tully and Fergal D Malone
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:63
  28. Health policy, guidelines, and standards advocate giving patients comprehensive information and facilitating their involvement in health-related decision-making. Routine assessment of patient reports of these ...

    Authors: Rachel Thompson and Yvette D Miller
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:62
  29. Immersion in water during labour is an important non-pharmacological method to manage labour pain, particularly in midwifery-led care settings where pharmacological methods are limited. This study investigates...

    Authors: Mirjam Lukasse, Rachel Rowe, John Townend, Marian Knight and Jennifer Hollowell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:60
  30. Health care providers are often unfamiliar with the needs of women with disability. Moreover maternity and postnatal services may not be specifically tailored to the needs of women with disability and their fa...

    Authors: Reem Malouf, Maggie Redshaw, Jennifer J Kurinczuk and Ron Gray
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:58
  31. The coverage and uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services has remained very low in Ethiopia. One of the pillars of improving quality of health services is measuring and addr...

    Authors: Anteneh Asefa and Getnet Mitike
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:57
  32. Preterm birth (PTB) (<37weeks) complicates approximately 15 million deliveries annually, 60% occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Several maternal morbidities increase the risk of spontaneous...

    Authors: Joshua P Vogel, Anne CC Lee and João Paulo Souza
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:56
  33. Mode of delivery remains a topic of debate in vertex/non-vertex twin pregnancies. We used the WHO Global Survey dataset to determine the risk of adverse maternal/perinatal outcomes associated with presentation...

    Authors: Joshua P Vogel, Erica Holloway, Cristina Cuesta, Guillermo Carroli, João Paulo Souza and Jon Barrett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:55
  34. Development of appropriate interventions to increase male involvement in pregnancy and childbirth is vital to strategies for improving health outcomes of women with obstetric complications. The objective was t...

    Authors: Dan K Kaye, Othman Kakaire, Annettee Nakimuli, Michael O Osinde, Scovia N Mbalinda and Nelson Kakande
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:54
  35. Tourette Syndrome (TS) appears to be an inherited disorder, although genetic abnormalities have been identified in less than 1% of patients, and the mode of inheritance is uncertain. Many studies have investig...

    Authors: Ting-Kuang Chao, Jing Hu and Tamara Pringsheim
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:53
  36. The paper hand-held record (PHR) has been widely used as a tool to facilitate communication between health care providers and a pregnant woman. Since its inception in the 1950s, it has been described as a succ...

    Authors: Glenda Hawley, Tina Janamian, Claire Jackson and Shelley A Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:52
  37. The editors of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 13 (2013).

    Authors: Peter O'Donovan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:18
  38. While many women and infants have an uneventful course during the postpartum period, others experience significant morbidity. Effective postpartum care in the community can prevent short, medium and long-term ...

    Authors: Crishan Haran, Mieke van Driel, Benjamin L Mitchell and Wendy E Brodribb
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:51
  39. Using a multi-methods approach we aimed to explore the relative prediction of demographic, socioeconomic and modifiable predictors from the Theory of Planned behaviour (TPB) in explaining feeding intentions am...

    Authors: Baltica Cabieses, Dagmar Waiblinger, Gillian Santorelli and Rosemary RC McEachan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:50
  40. External cephalic version (ECV) is offered to reduce the number of Caesarean delivery indicated by breech presentation which occurs in 3-4% of term pregnancies. ECV is commonly performed aided by the applicati...

    Authors: Narayanan Vallikkannu, Wan Nordin Nadzratulaiman, Siti Zawiah Omar, Khaing Si Lay and Peng Chiong Tan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:49
  41. Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy is distinct from pregnancy-related low back pain (PLBP). However, women with combined PLBP and PGP report more serious consequences in terms of health and function. PGP ha...

    Authors: Cecilia Bergström, Margareta Persson and Ingrid Mogren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:48
  42. In many countries midwives act as the main providers of care for women throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. In our large public teaching hospital in Australia we restructured the way midwifery care is offer...

    Authors: Sally K Tracy, Alec Welsh, Bev Hall, Donna Hartz, Anne Lainchbury, Andrew Bisits, Jan White and Mark B Tracy
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:46

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