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  1. In many low-income countries, formal post-partum care utilization is much lower than that of skilled delivery and antenatal care. While Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) might play a role in post-partum care...

    Authors: Gladys R Mahiti, Angwara D Kiwara, Columba K Mbekenga, Anna-Karin Hurtig and Isabel Goicolea
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:8
  2. Depression in pregnancy increases the risk of complications for mother and child. Few studies are done in ethnic minorities. We wanted to identify the prevalence of depression in pregnancy and associations wit...

    Authors: Nilam Shakeel, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Line Sletner, Kari Slinning, Egil W Martinsen, Ingar Holme and Anne Karen Jenum
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:5
  3. To clarify whether the use of balloons for cervical ripening is associated with the incidence of umbilical cord prolapse.

    Authors: Junichi Hasegawa, Akihiko Sekizawa, Tomoaki Ikeda, Mitsuhiko Koresawa, Isamu Ishiwata, Masakiyo Kawabata and Katsuyuki Kinoshita
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:4

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:155

  4. Despite the available cost effective antenatal testing and treatment, syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are still among common infections affecting pregnant women especially in developing countri...

    Authors: John DT Lawi, Mariam M Mirambo, Moke Magoma, Martha F Mushi, Hyasinta M Jaka, Balthazary Gumodoka and Stephen E Mshana
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:3
  5. Socioeconomic disparities in the use of prenatal care (PNC) exist even where care is universally available and publicly funded. Few studies have sought the perspectives of health care providers to understand a...

    Authors: Maureen I Heaman, Wendy Sword, Lawrence Elliott, Michael Moffatt, Michael E Helewa, Heather Morris, Patricia Gregory, Lynda Tjaden and Catherine Cook
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:2
  6. Violence against women is associated with serious health problems, including adverse maternal and child health. Antenatal care (ANC) midwives are increasingly expected to implement the routine of identifying e...

    Authors: Ulrika Byrskog, Pia Olsson, Birgitta Essén and Marie-Klingberg Allvin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:1
  7. Short birth intervals are known to have negative effects on pregnancy outcomes. We analysed data from a large population surveillance system in rural Bangladesh to identify predictors of short birth interval a...

    Authors: Hendrik CC de Jonge, Kishwar Azad, Nadine Seward, Abdul Kuddus, Sanjit Shaha, James Beard, Anthony Costello, Tanja AJ Houweling and Ed Fottrell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:427
  8. Caseload midwifery reduces childbirth interventions and increases women’s satisfaction with care. It is therefore important to understand the impact of caseload midwifery on midwives working in and alongside t...

    Authors: Michelle S Newton, Helen L McLachlan, Karen F Willis and Della A Forster
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:426
  9. The single most critical intervention to improve maternal and neonatal survival is to ensure that a competent health worker with midwifery skills is present at every birth, and transport is available to a refe...

    Authors: Samuel Bosomprah, Genevieve Cecelia Aryeetey, Justice Nonvignon and Richard M Adanu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:415
  10. To reduce financial barriers to access, and improve access to and use of skilled maternal and newborn healthcare services, the government of Ghana, in 2003, implemented a new maternal healthcare policy that pr...

    Authors: John Kuumuori Ganle, Michael Parker, Raymond Fitzpatrick and Easmon Otupiri
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:425
  11. More women with an increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome due to pre-existing medical conditions are becoming pregnant. Although clinical care provided through multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working is recomm...

    Authors: Debra Bick, Sarah Beake, Lucy Chappell, Khaled M Ismail, David R McCance, James SA Green and Cath Taylor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:428
  12. Worldwide there has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in women of childbearing age. Growing evidence suggests that maternal overweight and obesity is associated with poor mat...

    Authors: Angela Vinturache, Nadia Moledina, Sheila McDonald, Donna Slater and Suzanne Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:422
  13. South Africa’s health system is based on the primary care model in which low-risk maternity care is provided at community health centres and clinics, and ‘high-risk’ care is provided at secondary/tertiary hosp...

    Authors: George Justus Hofmeyr, Thozeka Mancotywa, Nomvula Silwana-Kwadjo, Batembu Mgudlwa, Theresa A Lawrie and Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:417
  14. In June of 2010, an antenatal ultrasound program was introduced to perform basic screening examinations at a health care clinic in rural Uganda. The impact of the program on the existing antenatal care infrast...

    Authors: Andrew B Ross, Kristen K DeStigter, Anastasia Coutinho, Sonia Souza, Anthony Mwatha, Alphonsus Matovu, Michael Grace Kawooya and Ssembatya Renny
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:424
  15. Most research has focused on mothers’ experiences of perinatal loss itself or on the subsequent pregnancy, whereas little attention has been paid to both parents’ experiences of having a child following late p...

    Authors: Louise Campbell-Jackson, Jessica Bezance and Antje Horsch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:423
  16. The circumstances under which women obtain unsafe abortion vary and depend on the traditional methods known and the type of providers present. In rural Tanzania women often resort to traditional providers who ...

    Authors: Vibeke Rasch, Pernille H Sørensen, Anna R Wang, Flora Tibazarwa and Anna K Jäger
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:419

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:355

  17. Progress towards attaining the maternal mortality and maternal health targets set by Millennium Development Goal 5 has been slow in most African countries. Assessing antenatal care and institutional delivery s...

    Authors: Yohannes Adama Melaku, Berhe Weldearegawi, Fisaha Haile Tesfay, Semaw Ferede Abera, Loko Abraham, Alemseged Aregay, Yemane Ashebir, Friehiwot Eshetu, Ashenafi Haile, Yihunie Lakew and John Kinsman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:418
  18. In 2005 Ethiopia took the important step to protect women’s reproductive health by liberalizing the abortion law. As a result women were given access to safe pregnancy termination in first and second trimester...

    Authors: Kristine Ivalu Bonnen, Dereje Negussie Tuijje and Vibeke Rasch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:416
  19. We report population-based data on still birth, induced abortion and miscarriage from the Indian state of Bihar to assess the magnitude of the problem and to inform corrective action.

    Authors: Priyanka S Kochar, Rakhi Dandona, G Anil Kumar and Lalit Dandona
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:413
  20. Ethiopia is among seven high-mortality countries which have achieved the fourth millennium development goal with over two-thirds reduction in under-five mortality rate. However, the proportion of neonatal deat...

    Authors: Mihretab Melesse Salasibew, Suzanne Filteau and Tanya Marchant
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:412
  21. In recent decades we have observed a remarkable increase in the rate of caesarean section (CS) in both developed and developing countries, especially in China. However, the real reasons for this phenomenon are...

    Authors: Yajun Liu, Guanghui Li, Yi Chen, Xin Wang, Yan Ruan, Liying Zou and Weiyuan Zhang
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:410
  22. We conducted a nested randomised trial to evaluate the effect of an educational DVD, providing information about healthy food choices and exercise during pregnancy, on diet and physical activity, among pregnan...

    Authors: Malgorzata A Szmeja, Courtney Cramp, Rosalie M Grivell, Andrea R Deussen, Lisa N Yelland and Jodie M Dodd
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:409
  23. This paper describes use of a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme to encourage use of critical MNCH services among rural women in Nigeria.

    Authors: Ugo Okoli, Laura Morris, Adetokunbo Oshin, Muhammad A Pate, Chidimma Aigbe and Ado Muhammad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:408
  24. Sacrococcygeal teratoma resection often brings changes in pelvic anatomy and physiology with possible consequences for defecation, micturition and sexual function. It is unknown, whether these changes have any...

    Authors: Marijke EB Kremer, Margot M Koeneman, Joep PM Derikx, Audrey Coumans, Robertine van Baren, Hugo A Heij, Marc HWA Wijnen, René MH Wijnen, David C van der Zee and Ernest LW van Heurn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:407
  25. The development of long-term vascular disease can be linked to the intrauterine environment, and maternal nutrition during gestation plays a critical role in the future vascular health of offspring. The purpos...

    Authors: Pardis Taheripour, Mark A DeFord, Emily J Arentson-Lantz, Shawn S Donkin, Kolapo M Ajuwon and Sean C Newcomer
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:405
  26. The purpose of this scoping review was to review the literature on healthcare provider provision of anti-D prophylaxis to RhD negative pregnant women in appropriate clinical situations in various healthcare se...

    Authors: Trina M Fyfe, M Jane Ritchey, Christorina Taruc, Daniel Crompton, Brian Galliford and Rose Perrin
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:411
  27. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common illness, but due to the underlying processes and the diversity of symptoms, some variability is exhibited. The risk of postpartum depression is great if the mother has p...

    Authors: Pirjo Kettunen, Eeva Koistinen and Jukka Hintikka
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:402
  28. Life-threatening events during pregnancy are currently used as a measure to assess quality of obstetric care. The aim of this study is to assess prevalence of near miss cases and maternal deaths, to elucidate ...

    Authors: Ernestina David, Fernanda Machungo, Giovanni Zanconato, Elena Cavaliere, Sidonia Fiosse, Celeste Sululu, Benvinda Chiluvane and Staffan Bergström
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:401
  29. Preterm birth, a leading cause of neonatal death, is more common in multiple births and thus there has being an increasing call for reducing multiple births in ART. However, few studies have compared risk fact...

    Authors: Xu K Xu, Yueping A Wang, Zhuoyang Li, Kei Lui and Elizabeth A Sullivan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:406
  30. Approximately 5 in 1,000 deliveries in England and Wales result in stillbirth, with little improvement in figures over the last few decades. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between cli...

    Authors: Nicole Penn, Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Laura L Oakley and Pat Doyle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:404
  31. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is still one of the major causes of severe maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Currently, no guideline for PPH occurring in primary midwifery care in the Netherlands is ava...

    Authors: Marrit Smit, Kar-Li L Chan, Johanna M Middeldorp and Jos van Roosmalen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:397
  32. Little attention has been given to the impact of singlehood during pregnancy. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of marital status on diet during pregnancy and pregnancy outcome.

    Authors: Jorunn Farbu, Margaretha Haugen, Helle Margrete Meltzer and Anne Lise Brantsæter
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:396
  33. In common with other countries, teenage pregnancy is attracting policy attention in Sri Lanka because of the risks it poses to maternal and infant health and social and economic well-being. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Neelamani Rajapaksa-Hewageegana, Sarah Maria Salway, Hilary Piercy and Sarath Samarage
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:394
  34. While studies have suggested that depression and HIV-related stigma may impede access to care, a growing body of literature also suggests that access to HIV care itself may help to decrease internalized HIV-re...

    Authors: Bulent Turan, Kristi L Stringer, Maricianah Onono, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Sheri D Weiser, Craig R Cohen and Janet M Turan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:400
  35. Immigrant women may be regarded as a vulnerable population with respect to access and navigation of maternity care services. They may encounter difficulties when accessing culturally safe and appropriate mater...

    Authors: Gina MA Higginbottom, Helen Vallianatos, Joan Forgeron, Donna Gibbons, Fabiana Mamede and Rubina Barolia
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:370
  36. Maternal blood pressures in pregnancy is an important determinant of offspring size at birth. However, the relationship between maternal blood pressures and offspring’s size at birth is not consistent and may ...

    Authors: Wai-Yee Lim, Yung-Seng Lee, Chuen-Seng Tan, Kenneth Kwek, Yap-Seng Chong, Peter D Gluckman, Keith M Godfrey, Seang-Mei Saw and An Pan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:403
  37. The number of preterm birth is increasing worldwide, especially in low income countries. Malawi has the highest incidence of preterm birth in the world, currently estimated at 18.1 percent. The aim of this stu...

    Authors: Austrida Gondwe, Alister C Munthali, Per Ashorn and Ulla Ashorn
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:399
  38. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in female reproduction, including implantation, decidualization and placentation. In the present study, we aimed to analyze cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), CB2 and fat...

    Authors: Gergely Fügedi, Miklós Molnár, János Rigó, Júlia Schönléber, Ilona Kovalszky and Attila Molvarec
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:395
  39. In the United States, approximately one in 110 pregnancies end in stillbirth affecting more than 26,000 women annually. Women experiencing stillbirth have a threefold greater risk of developing depressive symp...

    Authors: Jennifer Huberty, Jenn A Leiferman, Katherine J Gold, Lacey Rowedder, Joanne Cacciatore and Darya Bonds McClain
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:391
  40. It is important to understand the risk factors for fetal and neonatal mortality which is a major contributor to high under five deaths globally. Fetal and neonatal mortality is a sensitive indicator of materna...

    Authors: Faith Yego, Catherine D’Este, Julie Byles, Paul Nyongesa and Jennifer Stewart Williams
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:389
  41. In Ghana, the site of this study, the maternal mortality ratio and under-five mortality rate remain high indicating the need to focus on maternal and child health programming. Ghana has high use of antenatal c...

    Authors: Ilene S Speizer, William T Story and Kavita Singh
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:398
  42. Women of refugee background from Africa are reported to have a greater risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes compared to women born in resettlement countries. However, there is currently little insight into wheth...

    Authors: Melanie Gibson-Helm, Helena Teede, Andrew Block, Michelle Knight, Christine East, Euan M Wallace and Jacqueline Boyle
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:392
  43. Nausea and vomiting are common in early pregnancy in 50-90% of pregnant women and resolves in all but 10% of these women. Many obstetricians encounter this problem and should be familiar with the probable outc...

    Authors: Joan Enabulele and Louis Ibhawoh
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:388
  44. Recommended screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol use during pregnancy is impeded by high patient loads and limited resources in public health settings. We evaluated the feasibility, acceptability...

    Authors: Madhabika B Nayak, Rachael A Korcha, Lee A Kaskustas and Lyndsay A Avalos
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:379

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015 15:178

  45. Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and their offsprings are at increased risk of future type 2 diabetes and metabolic abnormalities. Early diagnosis and proper management of GDM, as well as, postpa...

    Authors: Vijayam Balaji, Madhuri S Balaji, Manjula Datta, Rekha Rajendran, Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, Rohini Radhakrishnan, Anil Kapur and Veerasamy Seshiah
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:378
  46. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are important causes of morbidity and mortality. The levels of calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) in pregnancy may implicate their possible role in pregnancy-induced hypertens...

    Authors: Richard Kobina Dadzie Ephraim, Derick Nii Mensah Osakunor, Seth Wiredu Denkyira, Henrietta Eshun, Samuel Amoah and Enoch Odame Anto
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:390
  47. The reproductive decisions made by PLHIV and their partners have a long-term consequences for the survival and wellbeing of their families and a society at large. Evidence relating to fertility and reproductiv...

    Authors: Dereje Bayissa Demissie, Bosena Tebeje and Temamen Tesfaye
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:382
  48. Antenatal care (ANC) attendance is a strong predictor of maternal outcomes. In Nigeria, government health planners at state level and below have limited access to population-based estimates of ANC coverage and...

    Authors: Khalid Omer, Nshadi John Afi, Moh'd Chadi Baba, Maijiddah Adamu, Sani Abubakar Malami, Angela Oyo-Ita, Anne Cockcroft and Neil Andersson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:380

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