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  1. Nepal is on track to achieve MDG 5 but there is a huge sub-national disparity with existing high maternal mortality in western and hilly regions. The national priority is to reduce this disparity to achieve th...

    Authors: Gajananda P Bhandari, Narayan Subedi, Janak Thapa, Bishnu Choulagai, Mahesh K Maskey and Sharad R Onta
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:109
  2. Provision of quality emergency obstetric care relies upon the presence of skilled health attendants working in an environment where drugs and medical supplies are available when needed and in adequate quantity...

    Authors: Dickson Ally Mkoka, Isabel Goicolea, Angwara Kiwara, Mughwira Mwangu and Anna-Karin Hurtig
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:108
  3. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) increases the risk of spontaneous preterm deliveries (PD) in developed countries. Its prevalence varies with ethnicity, socioeconomic conditions and gestational age. Aerobic vaginitis ...

    Authors: Leticia Krauss-Silva, Antonio Almada-Horta, Mariane B Alves, Karla G Camacho, Maria Elizabeth L Moreira and Alcione Braga
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:107
  4. Overweight and obese women are known to be at increased risk of caesarean birth. This study estimates the contribution of prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) to caesarean birth...

    Authors: Susie Dzakpasu, John Fahey, Russell S Kirby, Suzanne C Tough, Beverley Chalmers, Maureen I Heaman, Sharon Bartholomew, Anne Biringer, Elizabeth K Darling, Lily S Lee and Sarah D McDonald
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:106
  5. Information tracking changes of birthweight is scarce in China. To examine trends of low birthweight (birthweight < 2500 g) and macrosomia (birthweight ≥ 4000 g) and potential risk factors in Beijing, hospital...

    Authors: Xiaoyi Shan, Fangfang Chen, Wenpeng Wang, Juan Zhao, Yue Teng, Minghui Wu, Honghong Teng, Xue Zhang, Hong Qi, Xiaohong Liu, Chunying Tan and Jie Mi
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:105
  6. To assess the association of maternal hyperuricemia with adverse pregnancy outcome and neonatal metabolic, neurologic and respiratory disturbances in normotensive singleton pregnant women.

    Authors: Elaheh Amini, Mahdi Sheikh, Sedigheh Hantoushzadeh, Mamak Shariat, Alireza Abdollahi and Maryam Kashanian
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:104
  7. Continuity of care during labour is important for women. Women with an intrapartum referral from primary to secondary care look back more negatively on their birh experience compared to those who are not refer...

    Authors: Ank de Jonge, Rosan Stuijt, Iva Eijke and Marjan J Westerman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:103
  8. Adolescent pregnancies are a growing public health problem in Cameroon. We sought to study the outcome of such pregnancies, in order to inform public health action.

    Authors: Florent Ymele Fouelifack, Theodore Yangsi Tameh, Eta Ngole Mbong, Philip Njotang Nana, Jeanne Hortence Fouedjio, Jovanny Tsuala Fouogue and Robinson Enow Mbu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:102
  9. Objective was to determine whether fear for external cephalic version (ECV) and depression are associated with the success rate of ECV in women with a breech presentation at term.

    Authors: Emily Ciliacus, Marieke van der Zalm, Sophie E Truijens, Tom H Hasaart, Victor J Pop and Simone M Kuppens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:101
  10. Diabetes and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. with rates consistently higher among Hispanics as compared to non-Hispanic whites. Among Hispanic women diagnosed with gestational diabetes me...

    Authors: Lisa Chasan-Taber, Bess H Marcus, Milagros C Rosal, Katherine L Tucker, Sheri J Hartman, Penelope Pekow, Barry Braun, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Caren G Solomon, JoAnn E Manson and Glenn Markenson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:100
  11. Provision of essential newborn care (ENC) can save many newborn lives in poor resource settings but coverage is far from universal and varies by country and place of delivery. Understanding gaps in current cov...

    Authors: Christina Pagel, Audrey Prost, Munir Hossen, Kishwar Azad, Abdul Kuddus, Swati Sarbani Roy, Nirmala Nair, Prasanta Tripathy, Naomi Saville, Aman Sen, Catherine Sikorski, Dharma S Manandhar, Anthony Costello and Sonya Crowe
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:99
  12. The aims were to evaluate the effect of pregnancy on carotid artery elasticity and determine the associations between maternal lipids, endothelial function and arterial elasticity during pregnancy.

    Authors: Henna Kärkkäinen, Heli Saarelainen, Pirjo Valtonen, Tiina Laitinen, Olli T Raitakari, Markus Juonala, Mika Kähönen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Seppo Heinonen and Tomi Laitinen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:98
  13. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and interpersonal trauma. These co-occurring public health problems raise the need to understand alcohol consumption ...

    Authors: Karmel W Choi, Laurie A Abler, Melissa H Watt, Lisa A Eaton, Seth C Kalichman, Donald Skinner, Desiree Pieterse and Kathleen J Sikkema
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:97
  14. To assess and compare multiple measurements of socioeconomic position (SEP) in order to determine the relationship with adverse perinatal outcomes across various contexts.

    Authors: Ketan Shankardass, Patricia O’Campo, Linda Dodds, John Fahey, KS Joseph, Julia Morinis and Victoria M Allen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:96
  15. Sero-positivity rates of the rubella virus among pregnant women vary widely throughout the world. In Tanzania, rubella vaccination is not included in the national immunization schedule and there is therefore n...

    Authors: Berno Mwambe, Mariam M Mirambo, Stephen E Mshana, Anthony N Massinde, Benson R Kidenya, Denna Michael, Domenica Morona, Charles Majinge and Uwe Groß
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:95
  16. Good quality antenatal care (ANC) reduces maternal and neonatal mortality and improves health outcomes, particularly in low-income countries. Quality of ANC is measured by three dimensions: number of visits, t...

    Authors: Chandni Joshi, Siranda Torvaldsen, Ray Hodgson and Andrew Hayen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:94
  17. Preterm birth is the most common cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Postponing delivery for 48 hours with tocolytics to allow for maternal steroid administration and antenatal transportation to a centr...

    Authors: Elvira OG van Vliet, Ewoud Schuit, Karst Y Heida, Brent C Opmeer, Marjolein Kok, Wilfried Gyselaers, Martina M Porath, Mallory Woiski, Caroline J Bax, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Hubertina CJ Scheepers, Yves Jaquemyn, Erik van Beek, Hans JJ Duvekot, Maureen TM Franssen, Bas N Bijvank…
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:93
  18. The study of the indications for cesarean section (CS) and its outcomes are useful for hospitals, clinicians, and researchers in determining strategies to lower the primary and repeat CS rate. The aim of this ...

    Authors: Mohammed A Al Rowaily, Fahad A Alsalem and Mostafa A Abolfotouh
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:92
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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

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  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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

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