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  1. To assess the acceptability of intrapartum HIV testing and determine the prevalence of HIV among labouring women with unknown HIV status in Cameroon.

    Authors: Eugene J Kongnyuy, Enow R Mbu, Francois X Mbopi-Keou, Nelson Fomulu, Philip N Nana, Pierre M Tebeu, Rebecca N Tonye and Robert JI Leke
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:9
  2. The HELLP syndrome is a serious complication in pregnancy characterized by haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count occurring in 0.5 to 0.9% of all pregnancies and in 10–20% of cases with seve...

    Authors: Kjell Haram, Einar Svendsen and Ulrich Abildgaard
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:8
  3. Maternal mortality is too rare in high income countries to be used as a marker of the quality of maternity care. Consequently severe maternal morbidity has been suggested as a better indicator. Using the mater...

    Authors: Christine L Roberts, Jane B Ford, Charles S Algert, Jane C Bell, Judy M Simpson and Jonathan M Morris
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:7
  4. Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, as a consequence of preterm birth, is a major cause of early mortality and morbidity during infancy and childhood. Survivors of preterm birth continue to remain at consi...

    Authors: Jodie M Dodd, Caroline A Crowther, Andrew J McPhee, Vicki Flenady and Jeffrey S Robinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:6
  5. It is unclear whether the high rates of low birth weight in South Asia are due to poor fetal growth or short pregnancy duration. Also, it is not known whether the traditional focus on preventing low birth weig...

    Authors: Kuryan George, Jasmin Prasad, Daisy Singh, Shanthidani Minz, David S Albert, Jayaprakash Muliyil, K S Joseph, Jyothi Jayaraman and Michael S Kramer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:5
  6. Caesarean section might increase the incidence of surgical interventions and problems resulting from hospitalization and thus affecting quality of life in women after delivery. This study aimed to compare qual...

    Authors: Behnaz Torkan, Sousan Parsay, Minoor Lamyian, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Ali Montazeri
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:4
  7. Preference for formula versus breast feeding among women of Chinese descent remains a concern in North America. The goal of this study was to develop an intervention targeting Chinese immigrant mothers to incr...

    Authors: Patricia A Janssen, Verity H Livingstone, Bruce Chang and Michael C Klein
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:3
  8. Pregnancy is a period in the life of women that is often associated with decreased daily physical activity and/or exercise. However, maintaining adequate levels of daily physical activity during pregnancy is i...

    Authors: Nicolette Oostdam, Mireille NM van Poppel, Elisabeth MW Eekhoff, Maurice GAJ Wouters and Willem van Mechelen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 9:1
  9. Excessive gestational weight gain promotes poor maternal and child health outcomes. Weight misperception is associated with weight gain in non-pregnant women, but no data exist during pregnancy. The purpose of...

    Authors: Sharon J Herring, Emily Oken, Jess Haines, Janet W Rich-Edwards, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Ken P Kleinman ScD and Matthew W Gillman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:54
  10. Gestational diabetes is a prevalent disease associated with adverse outcomes of pregnancy. Smoking as been associated with glucose intolerance during pregnancy in some but not all studies. Therefore, we aimed ...

    Authors: Eliana M Wendland, Maria Eugênia Pinto, Bruce B Duncan, José M Belizán and Maria Inês Schmidt
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:53
  11. Sepsis is an important cause of neonatal death and perinatal brain damage, particularly in preterm infants. While effective antibiotic treatment is essential treatment for sepsis, resistance to antibiotics is ...

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    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:52
  12. There have been dramatic changes in the approach to screening for aneuploidy over the last 20 years. However, the approach to screening for other complications of pregnancy such as intra-uterine growth restric...

    Authors: Dharmintra Pasupathy, Alison Dacey, Emma Cook, D Stephen Charnock-Jones, Ian R White and Gordon CS Smith
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:51
  13. Doppler flow velocity waveform analysis of fetal vessels is one of the main methods for evaluating fetus health before labor. Doppler waves of middle cerebral artery (MCA) can predict most of the at risk fetus...

    Authors: Mohammad Kazem Tarzamni, Nariman Nezami, Narges Sobhani, Nazanin Eshraghi, Maryam Tarzamni and Yashar Talebi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:50
  14. Since July 1998 all Dutch women (± 200,000/y) are screened for red cell antibodies, other than anti-RhesusD (RhD) in the first trimester of pregnancy, to facilitate timely treatment of pregnancies at risk for ...

    Authors: JM Koelewijn, TGM Vrijkotte, M de Haas, CE van der Schoot and GJ Bonsel
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:49
  15. The African population is composed of a variety of ethnic groups, which differ considerably from each other. Some studies suggest that ethnic variation may influence dating. The aim of the present study was to...

    Authors: Daniel Salpou, Torvid Kiserud, Svein Rasmussen and Synnøve Lian Johnsen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:48
  16. There is strong evidence supporting the use of antenatal corticosteroids in women at risk of preterm birth to promote fetal lung maturation and reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity. This audit aimed to asse...

    Authors: Porjai Pattanittum, Melissa R Ewens, Malinee Laopaiboon, Pisake Lumbiganon, Steven J McDonald and Caroline A Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:47
  17. In nulliparous women dystocia is the most common obstetric problem and its etiology is largely unknown. The frequency of augmentation and cesarean delivery related to dystocia is high although it is not clear ...

    Authors: Hanne Kjærgaard, Jørn Olsen, Bent Ottesen, Per Nyberg and Anna-Karin Dykes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:45
  18. Previous studies of maternal risk factors for abnormal placental growth have focused on placental weight and placental ratio as measures of placental growth. We sought to identify maternal risk factors for pla...

    Authors: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, Carolyn M Salafia, Wanda K Nicholson, Anne Duggan, Nae-Yuh Wang and Frederick L Brancati
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:44
  19. Efforts to elucidate risk factors for placental abruption are imperative due to the severity of complications it produces for both mother and fetus, and its contribution to preterm birth. Ethnicity-based diffe...

    Authors: Tammy T Shen, Emily A DeFranco, David M Stamilio, Jen Jen Chang and Louis J Muglia
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:43
  20. Maternal death reviews is a tool widely recommended to improve the quality of obstetric care and reduce maternal mortality. Our aim was to explore the challenges encountered in the process of facility-based ma...

    Authors: Eugene J Kongnyuy and Nynke van den Broek
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:42
  21. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) remains a major killer of women worldwide. Standard uterotonic treatments used to control postpartum bleeding do not always work and are not always available. Misoprostol's potentia...

    Authors: Nadeem F Zuberi, Jill Durocher, Rozina Sikander, Neelofur Baber, Jennifer Blum and Gijs Walraven
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:40
  22. The link between maternal factors and birth outcomes is well established. Substantial changes in society and medical care over time have influenced women's reproductive choices and health, subsequently affecti...

    Authors: Svetlana V Glinianaia, Judith Rankin, Tanja Pless-Mulloli, Mark S Pearce, Martin Charlton and Louise Parker
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:39
  23. Pre-eclampsia is associated with several complications. Early prediction of complications and timely management is needed for clinical care of these patients to avert fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity...

    Authors: Shakila Thangaratinam, Arri Coomarasamy, Steve Sharp, Fidelma O'Mahony, Shaughn O'Brien, Khaled MK Ismail and Khalid S Khan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:38
  24. Excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention may predispose women to long-term overweight and other health problems. Intervention studies aiming at preventing excessive pregnancy-related w...

    Authors: Tarja I Kinnunen, Minna Aittasalo, Päivikki Koponen, Katriina Ojala, Kirsi Mansikkamäki, Elisabete Weiderpass, Mikael Fogelholm and Riitta Luoto
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:37
  25. In Australia and internationally, there is concern about the growing proportion of women giving birth by caesarean section. There is evidence of increased risk of placenta accreta and percreta in subsequent pr...

    Authors: Helen L McLachlan, Della A Forster, Mary-Ann Davey, Judith Lumley, Tanya Farrell, Jeremy Oats, Lisa Gold, Ulla Waldenström, Leah Albers and Mary Anne Biro
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:35
  26. Evidence-based practice (EBP) can provide appropriate care for women and their babies; however implementation of EBP requires health professionals to have access to knowledge, the ability to interpret health c...

    Authors: Ruth Martis, Jacqueline J Ho and Caroline A Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:34
  27. Reliable antenatal identification of pre-eclampsia and small for gestational age is crucial to judicious allocation of monitoring resources and use of preventative treatment with the prospect of improving mate...

    Authors: Rachel K Morris, Jeltsje S Cnossen, Marloes Langejans, Stephen C Robson, Jos Kleijnen, Gerben ter Riet, Ben W Mol, Joris AM van der Post and Khalid S Khan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:33
  28. Postabortion contraceptive service is considered an effective means in addressing the problem of unsafe abortion; in spite this fact this component remains one of the weakest parts of postabortion care. In thi...

    Authors: Vibeke Rasch, Fortunata Yambesi and Siriel Massawe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:32
  29. The impact of borderline gestational diabetes mellitus (BGDM), defined as a positive oral glucose challenge test (OGCT) and normal oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), on maternal and infant health is unclear. ...

    Authors: Hong Ju, Alice R Rumbold, Kristyn J Willson and Caroline A Crowther
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:31
  30. There is growing evidence from Australia and overseas that the care provided in hospital in the early postnatal period is less than ideal for both women and care providers. Many health services face increasing...

    Authors: Della A Forster, Helen L McLachlan, Jo Rayner, Jane Yelland, Lisa Gold and Sharon Rayner
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:27
  31. Only about one-third of women in Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) obtain postpartum care. Therefore, the goal of this study was to assess factors associated with lack of postnatal care, women's reasons for not o...

    Authors: Enas Dhaher, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Annette E Maxwell and Alexander Krämer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:26
  32. Conventionally, the pregnancy duration is accepted to be 280–282 days. Fetuses determined by ultrasound biometry to be small in early pregnancy, have an increased risk of premature birth. We speculate that the...

    Authors: Synnøve L Johnsen, Tom Wilsgaard, Svein Rasmussen, Mark A Hanson, Keith M Godfrey and Torvid Kiserud
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:25
  33. The rationale for use of drugs during pregnancy requires a careful assessment as in addition to the mother, the health and life of her unborn child is also at stake. Information on the use of drugs during preg...

    Authors: Dileep K Rohra, Nirmal Das, Syed I Azam, Nazir A Solangi, Zahida Memon, Abdul M Shaikh and Nusrat H Khan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:24
  34. Pregnancy in Type 1 diabetic patients is a precarious condition, both for mother and fetus with increased the risk of prematurity and, immediately after delivery with risk of respiratory distress syndrome and ...

    Authors: Dario Iafusco, Fabrizio Stoppoloni, Gennaro Salvia, Gilberto Vernetti, Patrizia Passaro, Goran Petrovski and Francesco Prisco
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:23
  35. African American women are at increased risk for poor pregnancy outcomes compared to other racial-ethnic groups. Single or multiple psychosocial and behavioral factors may contribute to this risk. Most interve...

    Authors: Kathy S Katz, Susan M Blake, Renee A Milligan, Phyllis W Sharps, Davene B White, Margaret F Rodan, Maryann Rossi and Kennan B Murray
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:22
  36. Although evidence-based interventions to reach the Millennium Development Goals for Maternal and Neonatal mortality reduction exist, they have not yet been operationalised and scaled up in Sub-Saharan African ...

    Authors: Peter Waiswa, Margaret Kemigisa, Juliet Kiguli, Sarah Naikoba, George W Pariyo and Stefan Peterson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:21
  37. Current Iranian perinatal statistics indicate that maternity care continues to need improvement. In response, we implemented a multi-faceted intervention to improve the quality of maternity care at an Iranian ...

    Authors: Siamak Aghlmand, Feizollah Akbari, Aboulfath Lameei, Kazem Mohammad, Rhonda Small and Mohammad Arab
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:20
  38. Pregnancy-related low back pain is considered an important health problem and potentially leads to long-lasting pain and disability. Investigators draw particular attention to biomedical factors but there is g...

    Authors: Caroline HG Bastiaenen, Rob A de Bie, Johan WS Vlaeyen, Mariëlle EJB Goossens, Pieter Leffers, Pieter MJC Wolters, Janneke M Bastiaanssen, Piet A van den Brandt and Gerard GM Essed
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:19
  39. In the past 30 years karyotyping was the gold standard for prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal aberrations in the fetus. Traditional karyotyping (TKT) has a high accuracy and reliability. However, it is labor in...

    Authors: Elisabeth MA Boormans, Erwin Birnie, Hajo I Wildschut, Heleen G Schuring-Blom, Dick Oepkes, Carla AC van Oppen, Jan G Nijhuis, Merryn VE Macville, Angelique JA Kooper, Karin Huijsdens, Mariëtte VJ Hoffer, Attie Go, Johan Creemers, Shama L Bhola, Katia M Bilardo, Ron Suijkerbuijk…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:18
  40. Gastrointestinal irritability can deter pregnant women from starting or continuing prenatal multivitamin supplementation. In a previous study, suboptimal tolerability was observed among pregnant women taking a...

    Authors: Patricia Nguyen, Alejandro Nava-Ocampo, Amalia Levy, Deborah L O'Connor, Tom R Einarson, Anna Taddio and Gideon Koren
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:17
  41. Undetected and untreated developmental problems can have a significant economic and social impact on society. Intervention to ameliorate potential developmental problems requires early identification of childr...

    Authors: Suzanne C Tough, Jodi E Siever, Shirley Leew, David W Johnston, Karen Benzies and Dawne Clark
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:16
  42. The objectives of this study were to determine rates of prenatal care utilization in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from 1991 to 2000; to compare two indices of prenatal care utilization in identifying the proport...

    Authors: Maureen I Heaman, Christine V Newburn-Cook, Chris G Green, Lawrence J Elliott and Michael E Helewa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:15
  43. The Medical Research Council (MRC) ORACLE trial evaluated the use of co-amoxiclav 375 mg and/or erythromycin 250 mg in women presenting with preterm rupture of membranes (PROM) ORACLE I or in spontaneous prete...

    Authors: Sara Kenyon, Peter Brocklehurst, David Jones, Neil Marlow, Alison Salt and David Taylor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008 8:14

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