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  1. Despite evidence supporting the safety of vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC), rates are low in many countries.

    Authors: Mike Clarke, Declan Devane, Mechthild M. Gross, Sandra Morano, Ingela Lundgren, Marlene Sinclair, Koen Putman, Beverley Beech, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Hugh Wiseman, Valerie Smith, Deirdre Daly, Gerard Savage, John Newell, Andrew Simpkin…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:143

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with increased incidence of adverse perinatal outcomes including newborns large for gestational age, macrosomia, preeclampsia, polyhydramnios, stillbirth, and neonat...

    Authors: Juan Jesús Fernández-Alba, Estefanía Soto Pazos, Rocío Moreno Cortés, Ángel Vilar Sánchez, Carmen González Macías, María Castillo Lara, Luis Moreno Corral and José Antonio Sainz Bueno

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:139

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  3. Despite the supplementation of iron-folic acid is the recommended strategy during the antenatal period; iron deficiency anemia is the commonest hematologic complication during pregnancy. Therefore, this system...

    Authors: Fikadu Waltengus Sendeku, Getnet Gedefaw Azeze and Selamawit Lake Fenta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:138

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Antenatal care (ANC) is essential to improve maternal and newborn health and wellbeing. Antenatal care coverage is improving in Africa since over two-thirds of pregnant women have at least one ANC contact. How...

    Authors: Zemenu Tadesse Tessema and Yaregal Animut

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:137

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  5. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the maternal omentin-1 level, quality of life and marital satisfaction of women with cesarean and vaginal delivery.

    Authors: Simin Parvanehvar, Najmeh Tehranian, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Hossein Mozdarani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:136

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Placenta percreta is associated with high hemorrhagic risk and can be complicated with fatal thromboembolic events. Involving a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of these patients is mandatory to reduce ...

    Authors: David Atallah, Hicham Abou Zeid, Malak Moubarak, Maya Moussa, Nadine Nassif and Victor Jebara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:135

    Content type: Case report

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  7. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Fiji is a serious public health issue. However, there are no recent studies on GDM among pregnant women in Fiji. The aim of this study was to examine prevalence of, and s...

    Authors: Falahola Fuka, Uchechukwu L. Osuagwu, Kingsley Agho, Rajat Gyaneshwar, Swaran Naidu, James Fong and David Simmons

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:133

    Content type: Research article

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  8. It is well known that maternal smoking during pregnancy and maternal pre-pregnancy overweight have opposite effects on the infants’ birth weight. We report on the association of the combination between both ri...

    Authors: Thanin Chattrapiban, Henriette A. Smit, Alet H. Wijga, Bert Brunekreef, Judith M. Vonk, Ulrike Gehring and Lenie van Rossem

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:132

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Currently, there are many studies researched the associations between maternal serum inflammatory indicators (i.e. ferritin, C-reactive protein [CRP], C3 and C4) and preterm birth (PTB). The results, however, ...

    Authors: Shengzhu Huang, Jiarong Tian, Chaoqun Liu, Yu Long, Dehao Cao, Luyun Wei, Xiujuan Zhu, Ruiqiang Tang, Weiwu Liu, Dingyuan Zeng, Mujun Li, Xiaobo Yang and Zengnan Mo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:131

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  10. In sub-Saharan Africa, maternal death due to direct obstetric complications remains an important health threat for women. A high direct obstetric case fatality rate indicates a poor quality of obstetric care. ...

    Authors: Ayele Geleto, Catherine Chojenta, Tefera Taddele and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:130

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Congenital malformations are structural, functional, and metabolic defects that develop during the organogenesis period and present at birth or later in life. There has been little research on congenital malfo...

    Authors: Alemayehu Gonie Mekonnen, Alemu Girma Hordofa, Tamiru Tesfaye Kitila and Adem Sav

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:129

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  12. Preeclampsia is a major pregnancy complication that results in significant maternal and infant mortality, most of which occurs in low and middle-income countries. The accurate and timely diagnosis of preeclamp...

    Authors: Evelyn A. Huhn, Ina Hoffmann, Begoña Martinez De Tejada, Soeren Lange, Kylie M. Sage, Charles T. Roberts, Michael G. Gravett, Srinivasa R. Nagalla and Olav Lapaire

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:128

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  13. When started early in pregnancy and continued up till childbirth, antenatal care (ANC) can be effective in reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes. While the proportion of women who attend ANC at least once in low...

    Authors: Stephen Oswald Maluka, Chakupewa Joseph, Sian Fitzgerald, Robert Salim and Peter Kamuzora

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:126

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  14. Globally, newborn death accounted for 46% of under-five deaths and more than 80% of newborn deaths are the result of preventable and treatable conditions. Findings on the prevalence and associated factors of e...

    Authors: Yoseph Alamneh, Fentahun Adane, Tadesse Yirga and Melaku Desta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:124

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Sleep problems in late pregnancy are common, but sleep in early pregnancy is less well described. The aim of this study was to describe the occurrence and severity of sleep complaints in early pregnancy. We as...

    Authors: Ruth K. Ertmann, Dagny R. Nicolaisdottir, Jakob Kragstrup, Volkert Siersma and Melissa C. Lutterodt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:123

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  16. Despite research suggesting an association between certain herb use during pregnancy and delivery and postnatal complications, herbs are still commonly used among pregnant women in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). Thi...

    Authors: R. Fukunaga, D. Morof, C. Blanton, A. Ruiz, G. Maro and F. Serbanescu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:122

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  17. Studies comparing the outcome of spontaneous versus assisted reproductive technologies (ART) pregnancies report heterogeneous results. Despite the success of ART to overcome infertility, concern is growing reg...

    Authors: Shana Ginar da Silva, Mariângela Freitas da Silveira, Andréa Dâmaso Bertoldi, Marlos Rodrigues Domingues and Iná da Silva dos Santos

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:106

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Adolescent pregnancy is an important health and social issue that affects both individual and social well-being. However, deriving a national estimate is challenging in a country with multiple incomplete natio...

    Authors: Bunyarit Sukrat, Chusak Okascharoen, Sasivimol Rattanasiri, Wichai Aekplakorn, Jiraporn Arunakul, Kittipong Saejeng, Dankmar Böhning and Ammarin Thakkinstian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:120

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  19. Previous studies showed that thyroid dysfunction in women with gestational hypertension could negatively affect maternal and fetal outcomes. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether thyroid dysfunction a...

    Authors: Juan Gui, Wangming Xu and Jie Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:119

    Content type: Research article

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  20. In Denmark, 13% of all children are born by non-Western immigrant women. The public antenatal care has not adapted to this increased diversity of women. Compared to women coming from Western countries, non-Wes...

    Authors: Helle Johnsen, Nazila Ghavami Kivi, Cecilie H. Morrison, Mette Juhl, Ulla Christensen and Sarah F. Villadsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:118

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Pelvic floor muscles (PFM) and rectus abdominis muscles (RAM) of pregnant diabetic rats exhibit atrophy, co-localization of fast and slow fibers and an increased collagen type I/III ratio. However, the role of...

    Authors: Marilza V. C. Rudge, Fátima P. Souza, Joelcio F. Abbade, Raghavendra L. S. Hallur, João Paulo C. Marcondes, Fernanda Piculo, Gabriela Marini, Giovana Vesentini, Lehana Thabane, Steven S. Witkin, Iracema M. P. Calderon, Angélica M. P. Barbosa, M. V. Rudge, A. M. P. Barbosa, I. M. P. Calderon, F. P. Souza…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:117

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Following publication of the original article [1], we have been notified by the author that the age of women from the Result section was incorrectly tagged as references.

    Authors: Ulrika Moll, Håkan Olsson and Mona Landin-Olsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:116

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:74

  23. This review aimed to identify and synthesise evidence of Muslim women’s experiences of maternity services in the UK. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative evidence, unrestricted by type of ...

    Authors: Tasneema Firdous, Zoe Darwin and Shaima M. Hassan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:115

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The increasing rate of caesarean deliveries (CD) has become a serious concern for public health experts globally. Despite this health concern, research on factors associated CD in many low- and -middle countri...

    Authors: Abdul-Aziz Seidu, John Elvis Hagan Jr., Wonder Agbemavi, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edmond Banafo Nartey, Eugene Budu, Francis Sambah and Thomas Schack

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:114

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  25. Perinatal health-seeking behaviours are influenced by various factors, including personal beliefs. South Asian women, who often live within a wide kinship system, can be influenced by the advice and guidance o...

    Authors: Sujane Kandasamy, Rebecca Anglin, Leila Gaind, Dipika Desai, Gita Wahi, Milan Gupta and Sonia S. Anand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:113

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  26. Women who receive negative results from non-invasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) may find that they later have mixed or ambivalent feelings, for example, feelings of accepting NIPT and regretting undergoin...

    Authors: Junko Yotsumoto, Akihiko Sekizawa, Satomi Inoue, Nobuhiro Suzumori, Osamu Samura, Takahiro Yamada, Kiyonori Miura, Hideaki Masuzaki, Hideaki Sawai, Jun Murotsuki, Haruka Hamanoue, Yoshimasa Kamei, Toshiaki Endo, Akimune Fukushima, Yukiko Katagiri, Naoki Takeshita…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:112

    Content type: Research article

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  27. For the first time, we aimed to introduce a model for prediction of placenta accreta spectrum (PAS), using existing sonography indices.

    Authors: Mahboobeh Boroomand fard, Maryam Kasraeian, Homeira Vafaei, Mojgan Akbarzadeh Jahromi, Payam Arasteh, Hadi Raeisi Shahraki and Peyman Arasteh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:111

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  28. Return to work is often cited as a reason for early cessation of breastfeeding (BF). Our objectives were to study the time span during which women employed prior to pregnancy returned to work according to BF d...

    Authors: Katia Castetbon, Julie Boudet-Berquier and Benoit Salanave

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:110

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Chromosomal microarray (CMA) has been shown to be cost-effective over karyotyping in invasive prenatal diagnosis for pregnancies with fetal ultrasound anomalies. Yet, information regarding preceding and subseq...

    Authors: Claudia Ching Yan Chung, Kelvin Yuen Kwong Chan, Pui Wah Hui, Patrick Kwok Cheung Au, Wai Keung Tam, Samuel Kai Man Li, Gordon Ka Chun Leung, Jasmine Lee Fong Fung, Marcus Chun Yin Chan, Ho Ming Luk, Annisa Shui Lam Mak, Kwok Yin Leung, Mary Hoi Yin Tang, Brian Hon Yin Chung and Anita Sik Yau Kan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:109

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  30. Non-obstetric surgery conducted during pregnancy may increase the risk of adverse birth outcomes like small for gestational age, preterm birth, and miscarriage. Mechanisms are unclear but possibly longer lasti...

    Authors: Anne Staub Rasmussen, Christian Fynbo Christiansen, Niels Uldbjerg and Mette Nørgaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:108

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  31. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) remains a leading cause of maternal mortality. Many trials assessing interventions to prevent PPH base their data on low risk women. It is important to consider the impact data col...

    Authors: Lydia Hawker and Andrew Weeks

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:107

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Maternal overweight and obesity are related to several health risks in the periods before, during and after pregnancy including a higher risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia and preterm birth. A...

    Authors: Y. E. G. Timmermans, K. D. G. van de Kant, J. S. M. Krumeich, L. J. I. Zimmermann, E. Dompeling, B. W. Kramer, L. L. J. Maassen, M. A. E. Spaanderman and A. C. E. Vreugdenhil

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:105

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  33. It is well known that second-trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MS-AFP) is a predictor for adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs), such as preterm birth, stillbirth, preeclampsia and small for gestational ...

    Authors: Jilin Hu, Jinman Zhang, Guilin He, Shu Zhu, Xinhua Tang, Jie Su, Qian Li, Yamin Kong and Baosheng Zhu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:104

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  34. Striae gravidarum are a common occurrence in pregnancy and many women use a topical product to prevent their development or lessen their appearance if they do develop. There is a lack of evidence on the effect...

    Authors: Miriam Brennan, Mike Clarke, Declan Devane and Maura Dowling

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:103

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Inappropriate gestational weight gain in pregnancy may negatively impact health outcomes for mothers and babies. While optimal gestational weight gain is often not acheived, effective counselling by antenatal ...

    Authors: Beth Murray-Davis, Howard Berger, Nir Melamed, Karizma Mawjee, Maisah Syed, Jon Barrett, Joel G. Ray, Michael Geary and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:102

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The UK National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE) publish guidance aimed at standardising practice. Evidence regarding how well recommendations are implemented and what clinicians think about gui...

    Authors: Diane Farrar, Derek Tuffnell and Trevor A. Sheldon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:101

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Tanzania’s One Plan II health sector program aims to increase facility deliveries from 50 to 80% from 2015 to 2020. Success is uneven among certain Maasai pastoralist women in Northern Tanzania who robustly pr...

    Authors: Paul D. Mosley, Kisiaya Saruni and Bernadetha Lenga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:100

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  38. Sedentary behavior (SED) is a potential risk factor for poor pregnancy outcomes. We evaluated the validity of several common and one new method to assess SED across three trimesters of pregnancy.

    Authors: Bethany Barone Gibbs, Joshua L. Paley, Melissa A. Jones, Kara M. Whitaker, Christopher P. Connolly and Janet M. Catov

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:99

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  39. Maternal behaviours during pregnancy have short- and long-term consequences for maternal and infant health. Pregnancy is an ideal opportunity to encourage positive behaviour change. Despite this, limited infor...

    Authors: Marion Murphy, Sheena McHugh, Linda M. O’Keeffe, Richard A. Greene, Paul Corcoran and Patricia M. Kearney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:98

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  40. All pregnancies are at risk and have to be attended by skilled professionals. In Ethiopia however nearly half (45.7%) of the women were giving birth at home after antenatal care (ANC) visits in which skilled p...

    Authors: Atalay Goshu Muluneh, Yaregal Animut and Tadesse Awoke Ayele

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:97

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  41. Circadian rhythm plays an important role as our internal body’s clock that synchronizes behavior and physiology according to the external 24-h light-dark cycle. Past studies have associated disrupted circadian...

    Authors: Satvinder Kaur, Ai Ni Teoh, Nurul Husna Mohd Shukri, Siti Raihanah Shafie, Normina Ahmad Bustami, Masaki Takahashi, Pei Jean Lim and Shigenobu Shibata

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:96

    Content type: Study protocol

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  42. There is uncertainty regarding the status of emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) in the Cameroonian context where maternal and neonatal mortality are persistently high. This study sought to evaluate ...

    Authors: Reine Suzanne Kadia, Benjamin Momo Kadia, Christian Akem Dimala, Desmond Aroke, Noel Vogue and Bruno Kenfack

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:95

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Preventing unintended pregnancy is an important issue for women undergoing bariatric surgery, not only to avoid an adverse fetal outcome but to also ensure maximum weight loss for mother. Current guidelines st...

    Authors: Alireza Khalaj, Fatemeh Ghadimi, Majid Valizadeh and Maryam Barzin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:94

    Content type: Case report

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  44. Regular physical activity (PA) has health benefits, including reducing the risk of complications during pregnancy. In Ethiopia, little is known about PA status and its determinants among pregnant women. The pu...

    Authors: Teklehaimanot Tekle Hailemariam, Yosef Sibhatu Gebregiorgis, Berihu Fisseha Gebremeskel, Tsiwaye Gebreyesus Haile and Theresa Monaco Spitznagle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:92

    Content type: Research article

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  45. In Ethiopia, approximately three-fourths of mothers do not deliver in health facilities. Disrespect and abuse during childbirth fallouts in underutilization of institutional delivery that upshots maternal morb...

    Authors: Agegnehu Bante, Kedir Teji, Berhanu Seyoum and Abera Mersha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:86

    Content type: Research article

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