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  1. Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy affects 2-8% of women and is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk later in life. There is little information about the knowledge o...

    Authors: May-Britt Heidrich, Daniela Wenzel, Constantin S von Kaisenberg, Cordula Schippert and Frauke M von Versen-Höynck
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:61
  2. Defining male involvement during pregnancy is essential for the development of future research and appropriate interventions to optimize services aiming to improve birth outcomes. Study Aim: To define male inv...

    Authors: Amina P Alio, Cindi A Lewis, Kenneth Scarborough, Kenn Harris and Kevin Fiscella
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:60
  3. Based on the realization that Uganda is not on track to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with other partners proposed to conduct two ...

    Authors: Gertrude Namazzi, Kiwanuka Suzanne N, Waiswa Peter, Bua John, Okui Olico, Allen Katharine A, Hyder Adnan A and Ekirapa Kiracho Elizabeth
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:58
  4. In Kenya, about 3000 fistula cases are estimated to occur every year with an incidence of 1/1000 women. This study sought to identify risk factors associated with developing obstetrics fistula in order to guid...

    Authors: Zeinab Gura Roka, Mathias Akech, Peter Wanzala, Jared Omolo, Sheba Gitta and Peter Waiswa
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:56
  5. Traditional birth attendants retain an important role in reproductive and maternal health in Tanzania. The Tanzanian Government promotes TBAs in order to provide maternal and neonatal health counselling and in...

    Authors: Constanze Pfeiffer and Rosemarie Mwaipopo
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:55
  6. Life transitions are associated with high levels of stress affecting health behaviours among people with Type 1 diabetes. Transition to motherhood is a major transition with potential complications accelerated...

    Authors: Bodil Rasmussen, Trisha Dunning, Christel Hendrieckx, Mari Botti and Jane Speight
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:54
  7. Delaying the first childbirth to an advanced age has increased significantly during the last decades, but little is known about older first time mothers’ experience of childbirth. This study investigates the a...

    Authors: Vigdis Aasheim, Ulla Waldenström, Svein Rasmussen and Erica Schytt
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:53
  8. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) and insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) must be provided during antenatal care (AN...

    Authors: Marielle Karine Bouyou-Akotet, Denise Patricia Mawili-Mboumba and Maryvonne Kombila
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:52
  9. Evidence suggests that immigrant women having different ethnocultural backgrounds than those dominant in the host country have difficulty during their access to and reception of maternity care services, but li...

    Authors: Gina MA Higginbottom, Jalal Safipour, Zubia Mumtaz, Yvonne Chiu, Patricia Paton and Jennifer Pillay
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:51
  10. Obesity is increasing in the child-bearing population as are the rates of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is associated with higher rates of Cesarean Section for the mother and increased risks of ma...

    Authors: Marloes Dekker Nitert, Helen L Barrett, Katie Foxcroft, Anne Tremellen, Shelley Wilkinson, Barbara Lingwood, Jacinta M Tobin, Chris McSweeney, Peter O’Rourke, H David McIntyre and Leonie K Callaway
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:50
  11. The editors of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 12 (2012).

    Authors: Emily Crow
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:28
  12. Inconsistent data on the association between prenatal alcohol exposure and a range of pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth (PTB) and small for gestational age (SGA) raise new questions. This study aimed t...

    Authors: Manuela Pfinder, Anton E Kunst, Reinhold Feldmann, Manon van Eijsden and Tanja G M Vrijkotte
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:49
  13. Assistance during delivery by a skilled attendant is recommended as a means to reduce child and maternal mortality. Globally, higher levels of maternal education have been associated with better health behavio...

    Authors: Frédérique Vallières, Alexandria Hansen, Eilish McAuliffe, Emma Louise Cassidy, Paul Owora, Sam Kappler and Evelyn Gathuru
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:48
  14. Over one third of reproductive age women in the US are obese. Pregnancy is a strong risk factor for obesity, with excess weight gain as the greatest predictor of long term obesity. The majority of pregnant wom...

    Authors: Tammy Chang, Mikel Llanes, Katherine J Gold and Michael D Fetters
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:47
  15. Active management of the third stage of labor is recommended for the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and commonly entails prophylactic administration of a uterotonic agent, controlled cord traction, and u...

    Authors: Wendy R Sheldon, Jill Durocher, Beverly Winikoff, Jennifer Blum and James Trussell
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:46
  16. Occurrence of birth defects (BD) remains an important public health issue. Inadequate knowledge about the defects among prospective mothers could result in delayed interventions. The study determined the knowl...

    Authors: Ajediran I Bello, Augustine A Acquah, Jonathan NA Quartey and Anna Hughton
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:45
  17. Hemorrhage continues to be a leading cause of maternal death in developing countries. The 2012 World Health Organization guidelines for the prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) recommend or...

    Authors: Jeffrey Michael Smith, Rehana Gubin, Martine M Holston, Judith Fullerton and Ndola Prata
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:44
  18. The reliable availability of health technologies, defined as equipment, medicines, and consumable supplies, is essential to ensure successful childbirth practices proven to prevent avoidable maternal and newbo...

    Authors: Jonathan M Spector, Jonathan Reisman, Stuart Lipsitz, Priya Desai and Atul A Gawande
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:43
  19. It is estimated that between 34% and 50% of Australian women entering pregnancy are overweight and obese, which is associated with an increased risk in complications for both the woman and her infant. Current ...

    Authors: Lavern M Kannieappan, Andrea R Deussen, Rosalie M Grivell, Lisa Yelland and Jodie M Dodd
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:42
  20. Since the Doi Moi reform 1986 economic conditions in Vietnam have changed significantly and positive health and health care developments have been observed. International experience shows that improved economi...

    Authors: Huong Thu Nguyen, Bo Eriksson, Toan Khanh Tran, Chuc Thi Kim Nguyen and Henry Ascher
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:41
  21. Maternal mortality in Kenya increased from 380/100000 live births to 530/100000 live births between 1990 and 2008. Skilled assistance during childbirth is central to reducing maternal mortality yet the proport...

    Authors: John Kitui, Sarah Lewis and Gail Davey
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:40
  22. To identify factors contributing to the high incidence of facility-based obstetric hemorrhage in Thyolo District, Malawi, according to local health workers.

    Authors: Jogchum Jan Beltman, Thomas van den Akker, Dieudonné Bwirire, Anneke Korevaar, Richard Chidakwani, Luc van Lonkhuijzen and Jos van Roosmalen
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:39
  23. The foetal growth standards for Indian children which are available today suffer due to methodological problems. These are, for example, not adhering to the WHO recommendation to base gestational age on the nu...

    Authors: Velusamy Saravana Kumar, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan, Tunny Sebastian, Annie Regi, Jiji Mathew and Ruby Jose
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:38
  24. Pregnancy-associated cancer is associated with maternal morbidities and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and is reported to be increasing. Hospital discharge data have the potential to provide timely information on...

    Authors: Yuen Yi Cathy Lee, Christine L Roberts, Jane Young and Timothy Dobbins
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:37
  25. If it is well known that obesity increases morbidity for both mother and fetus and is associated with a variety of adverse reproductive outcomes, then few studies have assessed the relation between obesity and...

    Authors: Anne-Frederique Minsart, Pierre Buekens, Myriam De Spiegelaere and Yvon Englert
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:36
  26. Early antenatal care (ANC) initiation is a doorway to early detection and management of potential complications associated with pregnancy. Although the literature reports various factors associated with ANC in...

    Authors: Amon Exavery, Almamy Malick Kanté, Ahmed Hingora, Godfrey Mbaruku, Senga Pemba and James F Phillips
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:35
  27. Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia is one of the most common causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in low and middle income countries. Magnesium sulfate is the drug of choice for prevention of seizures...

    Authors: Jeffrey Michael Smith, Richard F Lowe, Judith Fullerton, Sheena M Currie, Laura Harris and Erica Felker-Kantor
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:34
  28. The objective of this study was to examine the association of maternal and paternal height with pregnancy length, and with the risk of pre- and post-term birth. In addition we aimed to study whether cardiovasc...

    Authors: Kirsti Myklestad, Lars Johan Vatten, Elisabeth Balstad Magnussen, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen and Pål Richard Romundstad
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:33
  29. Maternal perception of fetal movements has been used as a measure of fetal well-being. Yet a Cochrane review does not recommend formal fetal movement counting compared to discretional fetal movement counting. ...

    Authors: Camille H Raynes-Greenow, Adrienne Gordon, Qiushuang Li and Jon A Hyett
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:32
  30. Vaginal delivery after previous one cesarean section for a non recurring indication has been described by several authors as safe and having a success rate of 60–80%. Hence many centers are offering VBAC for c...

    Authors: Malede Birara and Yirgu Gebrehiwot
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:31
  31. The current measure of treatment efficacy of single-dose methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy, is a fall in serum hCG of ≥15% between days 4–7 of treatment, which has a positive predictive value of 93% for treat...

    Authors: Monika Skubisz, Philip Dutton, William Colin Duncan, Andrew W Horne and Stephen Tong
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:30
  32. Preterm birth (PTB) places a considerable emotional, psychological, and financial burden on parents, families, health care resources, and society as a whole. Efforts to estimate these costs have typically cons...

    Authors: Gerri C Lasiuk, Thea Comeau and Christine Newburn-Cook
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S13

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  33. We have developed a Family Integrated Care (FIC) model for use in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where parents provide most of the care for their infant, while nurses teach and counsel parents. The obje...

    Authors: Karel O’Brien, Marianne Bracht, Kristy Macdonell, Tammy McBride, Kate Robson, Lori O’Leary, Kristen Christie, Mary Galarza, Tenzin Dicky, Adik Levin and Shoo K Lee
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S12

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  34. Mothers of preterm infants are considered at higher risk for depressive symptoms, higher than for mothers of healthy term infants. Predictors of depressive symptoms in mothers of preterm infants are not yet we...

    Authors: Marilyn Ballantyne, Karen M Benzies and Barry Trute
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S11

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  35. Preterm infants are at greater risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities than full term infants. Interventions supporting parents to improve the quality of the infant’s environment should improve developmental ...

    Authors: Karen M Benzies, Joyce E Magill-Evans, K Alix Hayden and Marilyn Ballantyne
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S10

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  36. Peripartum events hold the potential to have dramatic effects in the programming of physiology and behaviour of offspring and possibly subsequent generations. Here we have characterized transgenerational chang...

    Authors: Isaac D Ward, Fabíola CR Zucchi, Jerrah C Robbins, Erin A Falkenberg, David M Olson, Karen Benzies and Gerlinde A Metz
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S9

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  37. Parturition has been widely described as an immunological response; however, it is unknown how this is triggered. We hypothesized that an early event in parturition is an increased responsiveness of peripheral...

    Authors: Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Satomi Tanaka, Zoya Zaeem, Gerlinde A Metz and David M Olson
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S8

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  38. The development of the in vitro cell culture model has greatly facilitated the ability to study gene expression and regulation within human tissues. Within the human uterus, the upper (fundal) segment and the low...

    Authors: Andrea A Mosher, Kelly J Rainey, Seunghwa S Bolstad, Stephen J Lye, Bryan F Mitchell, David M Olson, Stephen L Wood and Donna M Slater
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S7

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  39. This study sought to understand the central meaning of the experience of group prenatal care for physicians who were involved in providing CenteringPregnancy through a maternity clinic in Calgary, Canada.

    Authors: Deborah A McNeil, Monica Vekved, Siobhan M Dolan, Jodi Siever, Sarah Horn and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S6

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  40. There is significant evidence to support the importance of prenatal care in preventing adverse outcomes such as preterm birth and low infant birth weight. Previous studies have indicated that the benefits of p...

    Authors: Ingunn Benediktsson, Sheila W McDonald, Monica Vekved, Deborah A McNeil, Siobhan M Dolan and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S5

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  41. Preterm birth has the highest mortality and morbidity of all pregnancy complications. The burden of preterm birth on public health worldwide is enormous, yet there are few effective means to prevent a preterm ...

    Authors: Siobhan M Dolan and Inge Christiaens
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S4

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  42. Maternal report of events that occur during labour and delivery are used extensively in epidemiological research; however, the validity of these data are rarely confirmed. This study aimed to validate maternal...

    Authors: Uilst Bat-Erdene, Amy Metcalfe, Sheila W McDonald and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  43. The prospective cohort study design is ideal for examining diseases of public health importance, as its inherent temporal nature renders it advantageous for studying early life influences on health outcomes an...

    Authors: Sheila W McDonald, Andrew W Lyon, Karen M Benzies, Deborah A McNeil, Stephen J Lye, Siobhan M Dolan, Craig E Pennell, Alan D Bocking and Suzanne C Tough
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13(Suppl 1):S2

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  44. The modern phenomenon of delayed parenthood applies not only to women but also to men, but less is known about what characterises men who are expecting their first child at an advanced age. This study investig...

    Authors: Anne Britt Vika Nilsen, Ulla Waldenström, Svein Rasmussen, Anna Hjelmstedt and Erica Schytt
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:29
  45. Perinatal health disparities including disparities in caesarean births have been observed between migrant and non-migrant women and some literature suggests that non-medical factors may be implicated. A system...

    Authors: Lisa Merry, Rhonda Small, Béatrice Blondel and Anita J Gagnon
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:27
  46. Despite clear evidence regarding how social determinants of health and structural inequities shape health, Aboriginal women’s birth outcomes are not adequately understood as arising from the historical, econom...

    Authors: Colleen Varcoe, Helen Brown, Betty Calam, Thelma Harvey and Miranda Tallio
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:26
  47. Induction of labour (IOL) is one of the commonest obstetric interventions, with significant impact on both the individual woman and health service delivery. Outpatient IOL is an attractive option to reduce the...

    Authors: Amanda Henry, Arushi Madan, Rachel Reid, Sally K Tracy, Kathryn Austin, Alec Welsh and Daniel Challis
    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:25

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