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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) – a transitory form of diabetes first recognised during pregnancy complicates between < 1% and 28% of all pregnancies. GDM has important short and long-term health consequen...

    Authors: Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, Anil Kapur, Peter Damm, Maximilian de Courten and Ib Christian Bygbjerg
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:41
  16. The inter-pregnancy period is considered a teachable moment when women are receptive to weight- management guidance aimed at optimising pregnancy outcome in subsequent pregnancies. In population based studies ...

    Authors: Jacqueline M Wallace, Sohinee Bhattacharya, Doris M Campbell and Graham W Horgan
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:40
  17. The delays in receiving adequate emergency maternal care described by Thaddeus and Maine twenty years ago are still occurring, as exemplified in this study of cases of maternal deaths in a subdistrict in rural...

    Authors: Suzanne Belton, Bronwyn Myers and Frederika Rambu Ngana
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:39
  18. Maternal mortality is high in Africa, especially in Kenya where there is evidence of insufficient progress towards Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Five, which is to reduce the global maternal mortality rate ...

    Authors: Faith Yego, Catherine D’Este, Julie Byles, Jennifer Stewart Williams and Paul Nyongesa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:38
  19. The third stage of labour may be complicated by retained placenta, which should be managed promptly because it may cause severe bleeding and infection, with a potentially fatal outcome. This study evaluated th...

    Authors: Sheelan S Rajab and Shahla K Alalaf
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:37
  20. Few studies have focused on cerebral complications among newborn infants delivered by vacuum extraction (VE). The aim of this study was to determine the risk for intracranial haemorrhage and/or cerebral dysfun...

    Authors: Cecilia Ekéus, Ulf Högberg and Mikael Norman
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:36
  21. Our primary objective was to establish a cutoff value for the soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1(sFlt-1)/placental growth factor (PlGF) ratio measured using the Elecsys assay to predict late-onset preeclampsia...

    Authors: Hee Jin Park, Soo Hyun Kim, Yong Wook Jung, Sung Shin Shim, Ji Yeon Kim, Yeon Kyung Cho, Antonio Farina, Margherita Zanello, Kyoung Jin Lee and Dong Hyun Cha
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:35
  22. The purposes of this study were to explore whether the maternal-fetal outcomes differed among various types of hyperglycemia during pregnancy and whether the values of glycemic screening in the middle phase of...

    Authors: Juan Gui, Aizhen Li, Xiaoling Su and Ling Feng
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:34
  23. Currently, there is no consensus regarding iron supplementation dose that is most beneficial for maternal and offspring health during gestation. Recommended iron supplementation dose does not preempt anemia in...

    Authors: Victoria Arija, Francesc Fargas, Gemma March, Susana Abajo, Josep Basora, Josefa Canals, Blanca Ribot, Estefania Aparicio, Nuria Serrat, Carmen Hernández-Martínez and Núria Aranda
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:33
  24. The global Low Birth Weight (LBW) rate is reported to be 15.5% with more than 95% of these LBW infants being from developing countries. LBW is a major factor associated with neonatal deaths in developing count...

    Authors: Vishnu Khanal, Kay Sauer, Rajendra Karkee and Yun Zhao
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:32
  25. Postnatal care is an important link in the continuum of care for maternal and child health. However, coverage and quality of postnatal care are poor in low- and middle-income countries. In 2009, the Chinese go...

    Authors: Li Chen, Wu Qiong, Michelle Helena van Velthoven, Zhang Yanfeng, Zhang Shuyi, Li Ye, Wang Wei, Du Xiaozhen and Zhang Ting
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:31
  26. Demand-side financing, where funds for specific services are channelled through, or to, prospective users, is now employed in health and education sectors in many low- and middle-income countries. This systema...

    Authors: Susan F Murray, Benjamin M Hunter, Ramila Bisht, Tim Ensor and Debra Bick
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:30
  27. Applying mobile phones in healthcare is increasingly prioritized to strengthen healthcare systems. Antenatal care has the potential to reduce maternal morbidity and improve newborns’ survival but this benefit ...

    Authors: Stine Lund, Birgitte B Nielsen, Maryam Hemed, Ida M Boas, Azzah Said, Khadija Said, Mkoko H Makungu and Vibeke Rasch
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:29
  28. In the Netherlands, low risk women receive midwife-led care and can choose to give birth at home or in hospital. There is concern that transfer of care during labour from midwife-led care to an obstetrician-le...

    Authors: Caroline C Geerts, Trudy Klomp, Antoine LM Lagro-Janssen, Jos WR Twisk, Jeroen van Dillen and Ank de Jonge
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:27
  29. Research provides strong evidence for improvements in depressive symptoms as a result of physical activity participation in many populations including pregnant and post-partum women. Little is known about how ...

    Authors: Jennifer L Huberty, Jason Coleman, Katherine Rolfsmeyer and Serena Wu
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:26
  30. The investigation of severe maternal morbidity (SAMM) and maternal near miss (NM) and associated risk factors is important for the global reduction of maternal mortality. This study investigated the prevalence...

    Authors: Larissa Paes Leme Galvão, Fabiano Alvim-Pereira, Caio Menezes Machado de Mendonça, Filipe Emanuel Fonseca Menezes, Kaique Andre do Nascimento Góis, Ruy Farias Ribeiro Jr and Ricardo Queiroz Gurgel
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:25
  31. Hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in Bangladesh, the majority of which is due to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), blood loss of 500 mL or more. Many deaths due to PPH occur at home where approx...

    Authors: Ndola Prata, Suzanne Bell, Martine Holston and Mohammad A Quaiyum
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:24
  32. It is crucial to identify in large population samples the most important determinants of excessive fetal growth. The aim of the study was to evaluate the independent role of pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI)...

    Authors: Salvatore Alberico, Marcella Montico, Valentina Barresi, Lorenzo Monasta, Caterina Businelli, Valentina Soini, Anna Erenbourg, Luca Ronfani and Gianpaolo Maso
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:23
  33. Postpartum depression (PPD) and poor childbirth outcomes are associated with poverty; these variables should be addressed by an adapted approach. The aim of this research was to evaluate the impact of an anten...

    Authors: Maria Assumpta Ortiz Collado, Marc Saez, Jérôme Favrod and Marie Hatem
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:22
  34. Women with gestational diabetes (GDM) are at high risk of developing diabetes later in life. After a GDM diagnosis, women receive prenatal care to control their blood glucose levels via diet, physical activity...

    Authors: Assiamira Ferrara, Monique M Hedderson, Cheryl L Albright, Susan D Brown, Samantha F Ehrlich, Bette J Caan, Barbara Sternfeld, Nancy P Gordon, Julie A Schmittdiel, Erica P Gunderson, Ashley A Mevi, Ai-Lin Tsai, Jenny Ching, Yvonne Crites and Charles P Quesenberry Jr
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:21
  35. Maternal educational attainment has been associated with birth outcomes among adult mothers. However, limited research explores whether academic performance and educational aspiration influence birth outcomes ...

    Authors: Yiqiong Xie, Emily Wheeler Harville and Aubrey Spriggs Madkour
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:3
  36. Best practice guidelines to promote breastfeeding suggest that (i) mothers hold their babies in naked body contact immediately after birth, (ii) babies remain undisturbed for at least one hour and (iii) breast...

    Authors: Ruth M Cantrill, Debra K Creedy, Marie Cooke and Fiona Dykes
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:20
  37. Pregnant women are the highest priority group for annual influenza vaccination. Studies have shown unacceptably low uptake of both seasonal and pandemic A/H1N1 influenza vaccination among pregnant women. This ...

    Authors: Valerie WY Wong, Daniel YT Fong and Marie Tarrant
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:19
  38. For women at low risk of childbirth complications, water immersion during labour is a care option in many high income countries. Our aims were (a) to describe maternal characteristics, intrapartum events, inte...

    Authors: Jane Henderson, Ethel E Burns, Anna L Regalia, Giovanna Casarico, Mary G Boulton and Lesley A Smith
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:17
  39. Cardiotocography (CTG) is a monitoring of fetal heart rate and uterine contractions. Since 1960 it is routinely used by obstetricians to assess fetal well-being. Many attempts to introduce methods of automatic...

    Authors: Václav Chudáček, Jiří Spilka, Miroslav Burša, Petr Janků, Lukáš Hruban, Michal Huptych and Lenka Lhotská
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:16
  40. The incidence of snoring and sleepiness is known to increase during pregnancy, and this might impact maternal health and obstetric outcome. However, the association between snoring and sleepiness during pregna...

    Authors: Maria Sarberg, Eva Svanborg, Ann-Britt Wiréhn and Ann Josefsson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:15
  41. Understanding the experiences and expectations of women across the continuum of antenatal, perinatal, and postnatal care is important to assess the quality of maternal care and to determine problematic areas w...

    Authors: Bojana Matejić, Milena Šantrić Milićević, Vladimir Vasić and Bosiljka Djikanović
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:14
  42. When clinically indicated, common obstetric interventions can greatly improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. However, variation in intervention rates suggests that obstetric practice may not be solely driven ...

    Authors: Jennifer E Lutomski, Michael Murphy, Declan Devane, Sarah Meaney and Richard A Greene
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:13
  43. Misperceptions regarding maternal health outcomes after vaginal delivery (VD) and cesarean delivery (CD) may contribute to the increasing trend towards CD. The effects of mode of delivery on parents’ perceived...

    Authors: Wen-Ying Li, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul and Babill Stray-Pedersen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 14:12

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