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  1. To bring down its high maternal mortality ratio, Burkina Faso adopted a national health policy in 2007 that designed to boost the assisted delivery rate and improving quality of emergency obstetrical and neona...

    Authors: Loubna Belaid and Valéry Ridde
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:143
  2. Current national and international maternity policy supports the importance of addressing public health goals and investing in early years. Health care providers for women during the reproductive and early pos...

    Authors: Jenny McNeill, Jackie Doran, Fiona Lynn, Gail Anderson and Fiona Alderdice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:142
  3. Exploring the experiences and views of men who had attended the birth of their children is very vital, especially in a setting where traditionally only women accord women support during labour and childbirth. ...

    Authors: Lucy Ida Kululanga, Address Malata, Ellen Chirwa and Johanne Sundby
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:141
  4. Despite twinning being common in Africa, few prospective twin studies have been conducted. We studied twinning rate, perinatal mortality and the clinical characteristics of newborn twins in urban Guinea-Bissau.

    Authors: Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Najaaraq Lund, Frida Staarup Jepsen, Luis Camala, Margarida Alfredo Gomes, Kaare Christensen, Lene Christiansen, Dorte Møller Jensen, Peter Aaby, Henning Beck-Nielsen, Christine Stabell Benn and Morten Sodemann
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:140
  5. Perinatal mortality reflects maternal health as well as antenatal, intrapartum and newborn care, and is an important health indicator. This study aimed at classifying causes of perinatal death in order to iden...

    Authors: Blandina T Mmbaga, Rolv Terje Lie, Raimos Olomi, Michael Johnson Mahande, Oneko Olola and Anne Kjersti Daltveit
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:139
  6. In the United States, an estimated 70 stillbirths occur each day, on average 25,000 each year. Research into the prevalence and causes of stillbirth is ongoing, but meanwhile, many parents suffer this devastat...

    Authors: Maureen C Kelley and Susan B Trinidad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:137
  7. The aim of this study was to compare maternal labour and birth outcomes between women who gave birth on a birth seat or in any other position for vaginal birth and further, to study the relationship between sy...

    Authors: Li Thies-Lagergren, Linda J Kvist, Kyllike Christensson and Ingegerd Hildingsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:135
  8. Criteria-based audits (CBA) have been used to improve clinical management in developed countries, but have only recently been introduced in the developing world. This study discusses the use of a CBA to improv...

    Authors: Hussein Lesio Kidanto, Peter Wangwe, Charles D Kilewo, Lennarth Nystrom and Gunnila Lindmark
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:134
  9. Identifying risk factors that affect excess weight gain during pregnancy is critical, especially among women who are at a higher risk for obesity. The goal of this study was to determine if acculturation, a po...

    Authors: Alison Tovar, Lisa Chasan-Taber, Odilia I Bermudez, Raymond R Hyatt and Aviva Must
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:133
  10. Among the factors contributing to the high maternal morbidity and mortality in Uganda is the high proportion of pregnant women who do not deliver under supervision in health facilities. This study aimed to ide...

    Authors: Agnes Anyait, David Mukanga, George Bwire Oundo and Fred Nuwaha
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:132
  11. Pregnancy is an ideal time to encourage healthy lifestyles as most women access health services and are more receptive to health messages; however few effective interventions exist. The aim of this research wa...

    Authors: Shelley A Wilkinson and H David McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:131
  12. The aim of this study is to compare the odds of postpartum haemorrhage among women who opt for home birth against the odds of postpartum haemorrhage for those who plan a hospital birth. It is an observational ...

    Authors: Andrea Nove, Ann Berrington and Zoë Matthews
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:130
  13. Midwifery units offer care to women with straightforward pregnancies, but unforeseen complications can arise during labour or soon after birth, necessitating transfer to a hospital obstetric unit. In England, ...

    Authors: Rachel E Rowe, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Louise Locock and Ray Fitzpatrick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:129
  14. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem with serious consequences for women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Reproductive health outcomes such as unwanted and termin...

    Authors: Diddy Antai and Sunday Adaji
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:128
  15. In low-resource settings, where abortion is highly restricted and self-induced abortions are common, access to post-abortion care (PAC) services, especially treatment of incomplete terminations, is a priority....

    Authors: Tara Shochet, Ayisha Diop, Alioune Gaye, Madi Nayama, Aissata Bal Sall, Fawole Bukola, Thieba Blandine, Okunlola Michael Abiola, Blami Dao, Ogunbode Olayinka and Beverly Winikoff
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:127
  16. Childbirth is an important transitional life event, but one in which many women are dissatisfied stemming in part from a sense that labour is something that happens to them rather than with them. Promoting mat...

    Authors: Colleen Fisher, Yvonne Hauck, Sara Bayes and Jean Byrne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:126
  17. The incidence of severe maternal morbidity is increasing in high-income countries as a consequence, in part, of increased obstetric intervention and increasingly complex medical needs of women who become pregn...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jane Sandall and Debra Bick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:125
  18. Fetal movement counting has long been suggested as a screening tool to identify impaired placental function. However, quantitative limits for decreased fetal movement perform poorly for screening purposes, ind...

    Authors: Brita Askeland Winje, Jo Røislien and J Frederik Frøen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:124
  19. Obstetrical interventions during childbirth vary widely across European and North American countries. Regional differences in intrapartum care may reflect an inpatient-based, clinician-oriented, interventional...

    Authors: Jennifer E Lutomski, John J Morrison and Mona T Lydon-Rochelle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:123
  20. Spontaneous coronary and vertebral artery dissections are rare events occurring most commonly in otherwise healthy women during pregnancy or the post-partum period.

    Authors: Marta Cenkowski, Megan daSilva, Kimberly-Ann Bordun, Farrukh Hussain, Iain DC Kirkpatrick and Davinder S Jassal
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:122
  21. Many stillbirths show evidence of fetal growth restriction, and most occur at preterm gestational age. The objective of this study is to compare birth weights at preterm gestational ages between live births an...

    Authors: Xun Zhang, KS Joseph, Sven Cnattingius and Michael S Kramer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:119
  22. In Mali and Senegal, over 1% of women die giving birth in hospital. At some hospitals, over a third of infants are stillborn. Many deaths are due to substandard medical practices. Criterion-based clinical audi...

    Authors: Catherine M Pirkle, Alexandre Dumont, Mamadou Traore and Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:118
  23. A web-based inventory was developed as a voluntary registry of Canadian pregnancy and birth cohort studies, with the objective to foster collaboration and sharing of research tools among cohort study groups as...

    Authors: Marie-Pier Joly, Michel Boivin, Anne Junker, Alan Bocking, Michael S Kramer and Stephanie A Atkinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:117
  24. Maternal mortality in much of sub-Saharan Africa is very high whereas there has been a steady decline in over the past 60 years in Europe. Perinatal mortality is 12 times higher than maternal mortality account...

    Authors: David Ellard, Doug Simkiss, Siobhan Quenby, David Davies, Ngianga-bakwin Kandala, Francis Kamwendo, Chisale Mhango and Joseph Paul O’Hare
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:116
  25. Valid registration of medical information is essential for the quality of registry-based research. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is characterized by severe nausea and vomiting, weight loss and electrolyte imbala...

    Authors: Åse Vikanes, Per Magnus, Siri Vangen, Sølvi Lomsdal and Andrej M Grjibovski
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:115
  26. Two years after implementing the free-CS policy, we assessed the non-financial factors associated with caesarean section (CS) in women managed by referral hospitals in Senegal and Mali.

    Authors: Valérie Briand, Alexandre Dumont, Michal Abrahamowicz, Mamadou Traore, Laurence Watier and Pierre Fournier
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:114
  27. In 2003, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health launched the Health Extension Programme (HEP), which was intended to increase access to reproductive health care. Despite enormous effort, utilization of maternal heal...

    Authors: Tesfay Gebrehiwot, Isabel Goicolea, Kerstin Edin and Miguel San Sebastian
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:113
  28. Increasing rates of postpartum haemorrhage in developed countries over the past two decades are not explained by corresponding changes in risk factors and conjecture has been raised that maternal obesity may b...

    Authors: Elaine M Fyfe, John MD Thompson, Ngaire H Anderson, Katie M Groom and Lesley M McCowan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:112
  29. Antenatal Care (ANC) during pregnancy can play an important role in the uptake of evidence-based services vital to the health of women and their infants. Studies report positive effects of ANC on use of facili...

    Authors: Jesmin Pervin, Allisyn Moran, Monjur Rahman, Abdur Razzaque, Lynn Sibley, Peter K Streatfield, Laura J Reichenbach, Marge Koblinsky, Daniel Hruschka and Anisur Rahman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:111
  30. The number of children born to foreign-born mothers in Taiwan has significantly increased since the 1990s. These foreign-born mothers are mainly from China and Southeast Asia. Children born to foreign-born mot...

    Authors: Laura Wen-Shuan Shiao and Tung-liang Chiang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:110
  31. Obstetric near-miss case reviews are being promoted as a quality assurance intervention suitable for hospitals in low income countries. We introduced such reviews in five district, regional and national hospit...

    Authors: Matthias Borchert, Sourou Goufodji, Eusèbe Alihonou, Thérèse Delvaux, Jacques Saizonou, Lydie Kanhonou and Véronique Filippi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:109
  32. Postpartum hemorrhage, a major cause of maternal death and severe maternal morbidity, increased in frequency in Canada between 1991 and 2004. We carried out a study to describe the epidemiology of postpartum h...

    Authors: Azar Mehrabadi, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Lily Lee, Robert M Liston and KS Joseph
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:108
  33. Recent observational research indicates that immune development may be programmed by nutritional exposures early in life. Such findings require replication from trials specifically designed to assess the impac...

    Authors: Sophie E Moore, Anthony JC Fulford, Momodou K Darboe, Modou Lamin Jobarteh, Landing M Jarjou and Andrew M Prentice
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:107
  34. The Australian Carbohydrate Intolerance Study in Pregnant Women (ACHOIS) showed that treatment of pregnant women with mild gestational diabetes mellitus is beneficial for both women and their infants. It is st...

    Authors: Caroline A Crowther, William M Hague, Philippa F Middleton, Peter A Baghurst, Andrew J McPhee, Thach S Tran, Lisa N Yelland, Pat Ashwood, Shan Han, Jodie M Dodd and Jeffrey S Robinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:106
  35. Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality is a global priority which is particularly relevant to developing countries like Ethiopia. One of the key strategies for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality is i...

    Authors: Abdella Amano, Abebaw Gebeyehu and Zelalem Birhanu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:105
  36. Psychiatric disorders have been associated with sleep disorders in men and non-pregnant women, but little is known about sleep complaints and disorders among pregnant women with psychiatric disorders.

    Authors: Chunfang Qiu, Bizu Gelaye, Neway Fida and Michelle A Williams
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:104
  37. Excess gestational weight gain (GWG) can affect the immediate and long term health outcomes of mother and infant. Understanding health providers’ views, attitudes and practices around GWG is crucial to assist ...

    Authors: Jane C Willcox, Karen J Campbell, Paige van der Pligt, Elizabeth Hoban, Deborah Pidd and Shelley Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:102
  38. The purpose of the study was to evaluate intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) of variables concerning personal characteristics, structure, outcome and process in the Brazilian Network for Surveillance of ...

    Authors: Samira M Haddad, Maria H Sousa, Jose G Cecatti, Mary A Parpinelli, Maria L Costa and Joao P Souza
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:101
  39. Advanced maternal age (AMA) is associated with several adverse pregnancy outcomes, hence these pregnancies are considered to be “high risk.” A review of the empirical literature suggests that it is not clear h...

    Authors: Hamideh Bayrampour, Maureen Heaman, Karen A Duncan and Suzanne Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:100
  40. Gestational diabetes rates have increased dramatically in the past two decades and this pattern of increase appears to relate primarily to the obesity epidemic, older maternal age and migration from world area...

    Authors: Mary Carolan, Gurjeet K Gill and Cheryl Steele
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:99
  41. There is a debate about the cost-efficiency of methotrexate for the management of ectopic pregnancy (EP), especially for patients presenting with serum human chorionic gonadotrophin levels of >1500 IU/L. We hy...

    Authors: Daniel T Westaby, Olivia Wu, W Colin Duncan, Hilary OD Critchley, Stephen Tong and Andrew W Horne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:98
  42. Maternal race/ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status (SES) are important factors determining birth outcome. Previous studies have demonstrated that, teenagers, and mothers with advanced maternal age (AMA), a...

    Authors: Beatriz E de Jongh, Robert Locke, David A Paul and Matthew Hoffman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:97
  43. In high-income countries, great disparities exist in the organizational characteristics of maternity health services. In Finland, primary maternity care is provided at communal maternity health clinics (MHC). ...

    Authors: Miia Tuominen, Anne Kaljonen, Pia Ahonen and Päivi Rautava
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:96
  44. Instrumental deliveries are commonly performed in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with rates of 12 – 17% in most centres. Knowing the exact position of the fetal head is a pre-requisite for safe instrumental d...

    Authors: Deirdre J Murphy, Gerard Burke, Alan A Montgomery and Meenakshi Ramphul
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:95
  45. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation in eligible HIV-infected pregnant women is an important intervention to promote maternal and child health. Increasing the duration of ART received before delivery plays ...

    Authors: Landon Myer, Rose Zulliger, Linda-Gail Bekker and Elaine Abrams
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:94

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