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  1. Infant mortality is one of the leading public health problems globally; the problem is even more staggering in low-income countries. In Ethiopia seven in ten child deaths occurred during infancy in 2016. Even ...

    Authors: Adhanom Gebreegziabher Baraki, Temesgen Yihunie Akalu, Haileab Fekadu Wolde, Ayenew Molla Lakew and Kedir Abdela Gonete

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:299

    Content type: Research article

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  2. To evaluate the perinatal status of neonates delivered by assisted vaginal delivery (AVD) versus second-stage caesarean birth (CS).

    Authors: Paul Eze, Lucky Osaheni Lawani, Raphael Ugochukwu Chikezie, Chukwuemeka Ikechi Ukaegbe and Chukwuemeka Anthony Iyoke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:298

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The Majority (99%) of maternal deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. The three most important causes of maternal deaths in these regions are postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and puerperal sepsis...

    Authors: Samina Bakhtawar, Sana Sheikh, Rahat Qureshi, Zahra Hoodbhoy, Beth Payne, Iqbal Azam, Peter von Dadelszen and Laura Magee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:297

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Maternity Waiting Homes (MWHs) have been advocated to improve the utilization of skilled birth attendants. Nevertheless, delivery attended by skilled personnel is low in Ethiopia and may indicate that the util...

    Authors: Kindie Mitiku Kebede and Kebadnew Mulatu Mihrete

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:296

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Birth satisfaction represents a complex construct of implicit and profound relevance to a woman’s perceived birth experience. It correlates with the childbearing woman’s experience of the quality of care recei...

    Authors: Mohd Noor Norhayati, Adnan Fatin Imtithal and Mat Junoh Nor Akma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:295

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Depression is a common and severe disorder among low-income adolescent mothers in low-and middle-income countries where resources for treatment are limited. We wished to identify factors influencing health ser...

    Authors: Lola Kola, Ian M. Bennett, Amritha Bhat, Olatunde O. Ayinde, Bibilola D. Oladeji, Dolapo Abiona, Jibril Abdumalik, Neda Faregh, Pamela Y. Collins and Oye Gureje

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:294

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The Support and Control in Birth (SCIB) scale primarily measures the perceived support and control of expectant mothers during childbirth, thereby obtaining an understanding of their birth experiences. The adv...

    Authors: Shu-Yu Liu, Yu-Ying Lu, Meei-Ling Gau and Chieh-Yu Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:293

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Timely intrapartum referral between facilities is pivotal in reducing maternal/neonatal mortality and morbidity but is distressing to women, resource-intensive and likely to cause delays in care provision. We ...

    Authors: Tina Lavender, Carol Bedwell, Kieran Blaikie, Valentina Actis Danna, Chris Sutton, Chowa Tembo Kasengele, Sabina Wakasiaka, Bellington Vwalika and Rose Laisser

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:292

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Ectopia vesicae, or bladder exstrophy, is a rare malformation, more frequently found in males. Very few cases of pregnancy with unrepaired ectopia vesicae have been reported in literature. The majority of thes...

    Authors: Shaohua Liu, Xinhua Qu, Linlin Song, Ning Li and Aiqun Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:290

    Content type: Case report

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  10. Good quality maternal and newborn care at primary health facilities is essential, but in settings with high maternal and newborn mortality the evidence for the protective effect of facility delivery is inconsi...

    Authors: Keith Tomlin, Della Berhanu, Meenakshi Gautham, Nasir Umar, Joanna Schellenberg, Deepthi Wickremasinghe and Tanya Marchant

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:289

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Chamas for Change (Chamas) is a group-based health education and microfinance program for pregnant and postpartum women that aims to address inequities contributing to high rates of maternal and infant mortality ...

    Authors: Lauren Y. Maldonado, Julia J. Songok, John W. Snelgrove, Christian B. Ochieng, Sheilah Chelagat, Justus E. Ikemeri, Monica A. Okwanyi, Donald C. Cole, Laura J. Ruhl and Astrid Christoffersen-Deb

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:288

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Neonatal mortality rate in Kenya continues to be unacceptably high. In reducing newborn deaths, inequality in access to care and quality care have been identified as current barriers. Contributing to these bar...

    Authors: Ian A. Ocholla, Nathan O. Agutu, Paul O. Ouma, Daniel Gatungu, Felistas O. Makokha and Jesse Gitaka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:287

    Content type: Research article

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  13. High quality maternity care is increasingly understood to represent a continuum of care. As well as ensuring a positive experience for mothers and families, integrated maternity care is responsive to mental he...

    Authors: L. Corscadden, E. J. Callander, S. M. Topp and D. E. Watson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:286

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Early initiation of breastfeeding (EIBF) is a predetermining factor for exclusive breastfeeding, and thus a foundation for optimal breastfeeding practices. Rates of EIBF are low globally (42%) and in Tanzania ...

    Authors: Hadija Y. Lyellu, Tamara H. Hussein, Margareta Wandel, Babill Stray-Pedersen, Melina Mgongo and Sia E. Msuya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:285

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Recent studies suggest that there is a link between the gut microbiota and glucose metabolism. This study aimed to compare the gut microbiota during early pregnancy of women with hyperglycymia to those with no...

    Authors: Beibei Gao, Mengdan Zhong, Qiong Shen, Ying Wu, Mengdie Cao, Songwen Ju and Lei Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:284

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The physical place and environment has a profound influence on experiences, health and wellbeing of birthing women. An alternatively designed delivery room, inspired by the principles of healing architecture a...

    Authors: Jane Hyldgaard Nielsen and Charlotte Overgaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:283

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The continue increase of interventions during labour in low risk population is a controversial issue of the current obstetric literature, given the lack of evidence demonstrating the benefits of unnecessary in...

    Authors: Alessandro Svelato, Antonio Ragusa and Piero Manfredi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:279

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The attendance to the gynecological-emergency-room (GER) of women only a few weeks following previous discharge after birth comprises a medical as well as social problem. The objective of the study was to char...

    Authors: Alina Weissmann-Brenner, Ishai Heusler, Renana Manteka, Mordechai Dulitzky and Micha Baum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:278

    Content type: Research article

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  19. North Eastern Kenya has persistently had poor maternal, new-born and child health (MNCH) indicators. Barriers to access and utilisation of MNCH services are structural, individual and community-level factors r...

    Authors: Isaac Kisiangani, Mohamed Elmi, Pauline Bakibinga, Shukri F. Mohamed, Lyagamula Kisia, Peter M. Kibe, Peter Otieno, Naïm Afeich, Amina Abdullahi Nyaga, Ngugi Njoroge, Rumana Noor and Abdhalah Kasiira Ziraba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:277

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Mothers’ reports about pregnancy, maternity and their experiences during the perinatal period have been associated with infants’ later quality of attachment and development. Yet, there has been little research...

    Authors: Joana L. Gonçalves, Marina Fuertes, Maria João Alves, Sandra Antunes, Ana Rita Almeida, Rute Casimiro and Margarida Santos

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:276

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Since labor and delivery units often serve as emergency units for pregnant women, the use of obstetric triage systems with poor or inadequate quality can lead to unintended consequences such as over and under-...

    Authors: Asieh Moudi, Mina Iravani, Mahin Najafian, Armin Zareiyan, Arash Forouzan and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:275

    Content type: Research article

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  22. An estimated 96% of registered refugees in Iran are Afghan. Almost half of them are young women at the reproductive age. The adequate maternity care is crucial for healthy pregnancy. There is limited knowledge...

    Authors: Omid Dadras, Ziba Taghizade, Fateme Dadras, Leyla Alizade, Seyedahmad Seyedalinaghi, Masako Ono-Kihara, Masahiro Kihara and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:274

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Primary splenic cysts are very rarely diagnosed in pregnancy, with only thirteen cases described in the literature. We examine the approach towards diagnosing and managing uniquely large abdominal masses that ...

    Authors: Philip Chung, Ben Swinson, Nicholas O’Rourke and Bart Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:273

    Content type: Case report

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  24. Familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is a rare autosomal recessive lipid disorder often associated with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis. It is documented in most cases with FCS due to the mutations of ke...

    Authors: Min-Huan Lin, Xiao-Hui Tian, Xiu-Lan Hao, Hui Fei, Jian-Lan Yin, Dan-Dan Yan and Tian Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:272

    Content type: Case report

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  25. Visual estimation of blood loss following delivery often under-reports actual bleed volume. To improve accuracy, quantitative blood loss measurement was introduced for all births in the 12 hospitals providing ...

    Authors: Sarah F. Bell, Adam Watkins, Miriam John, Elinore Macgillivray, Thomas L. Kitchen, Donna James, Cerys Scarr, Christopher M. Bailey, Kevin P. Kelly, Kathryn James, Jenna L. Stevens, Tracey Edey, Rachel E. Collis and Peter W. Collins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:271

    Content type: Research article

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  26. In low and middle-income countries, pregnancy and delivery complications may deprive women and their newborns of life or the realization of their full potential. Provision of quality obstetric emergency and ch...

    Authors: Eveline T. Konje, Jennifer Hatfield, Susan Kuhn, Reginald S. Sauve, Moke Magoma and Deborah Dewey

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:270

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Over the last decade, a trend towards high utilisation of primary maternity care was observed in high-income countries. There is limited research with contradictory results regarding frequent attendance (FA) a...

    Authors: Janneke T. Gitsels-van der Wal, Lisanne A. Gitsels, Angelo Hooker, Paula Scholing, Linda Martin and Esther I. Feijen-de Jong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:269

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Engaging citizens and communities to make services accountable is vital to achieving health development goals. Community participation in health management committees can increase public accountability of heal...

    Authors: Joanna Morrison, Kirti Tumbahangphe, Aman Sen, Lu Gram, Bharat Budhathoki, Rishi Neupane, Rita Thapa, Kunta Dahal, Bidur Thapa, Dharma Manandhar, Anthony Costello and David Osrin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:268

    Content type: Research article

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  29. For healthy women entering birth after uneventful pregnancy, midwife-led models of care have the potential to reduce interventions and increase the vaginal birth rate. In Germany, 98.4% of women are giving bir...

    Authors: Waltraut M. Merz, Laura Tascon-Padron, Marie-Therese Puth, Andrea Heep, Sophia L. Tietjen, Matthias Schmid and Ulrich Gembruch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:267

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Candida is the leading cause of vaginitis, and 75% of women have at least one episode of infection in their lives, with pregnancy being a predisposing factor. If left untreated, vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) can...

    Authors: Sayanika Devi Waikhom, Innocent Afeke, Grace Sefakor Kwawu, Hintermann Kobina Mbroh, George Yiadom Osei, Bengyella Louis, John Gameli Deku, Emmanuel Senyo Kasu, Prosper Mensah, Charles Yao Agede, Cornelius Dodoo, Emmanuel Akomanin Asiamah, John Tampuori, John Korbuvi and Japheth Awuletey Opintan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:266

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Senses of Birth (SoB) is a health education intervention in Brazil that aims to reduce unnecessary cesareans in the country by providing information on reproductive rights, benefits and risks of childbirth, an...

    Authors: Luísa M. M. Fernandes, Sônia Lansky, Bernardo J. Oliveira, Amélia A. L. Friche, Christine T. Bozlak and Benjamin A. Shaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:265

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Guidelines and description about the achievement of the McRoberts manoeuvre are discordant, particularly concerning the need for abduction before the beginning of the manoeuvre. We sought to compare the biomec...

    Authors: David Desseauve, Laetitia Fradet, Robert B. Gherman, Yosra Cherni, Bertrand Gachon and Fabrice Pierre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:264

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The debate surrounding the management of term breech presentation has excessively focused on the mode of delivery. Indeed, a steady decline in the rate of vaginal breech delivery has been observed over the las...

    Authors: Lionel Carbillon, Amelie Benbara, Ahmed Tigaizin, Rouba Murtada, Marion Fermaut, Fatma Belmaghni, Alexandre Bricou and Jeremy Boujenah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:263

    Content type: Debate

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  34. The health care-seeking behaviour among Somali women is different from Swedish women’s behaviour, and this may have consequences for birth giving. The aim of the study was to identify and describe Somali women...

    Authors: Susanne Wallmo, Karin Allgurin and Carina Berterö

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:262

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Both breastfeeding intentions and exposure to baby-friendly hospital practices were found to be associated with a longer duration of breastfeeding. This study aims to examine the effect of exposure to baby-fri...

    Authors: Kris Y. W. Lok, Charlotte L. Y. Chow, Heidi S. L. Fan, Vincci H. S. Chan and Marie Tarrant

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:261

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The estimated global premature birth rate for 2014 was 10.6%, equating to an estimate of 14.84 million live premature births. The experience of premature birth does not impact solely on the infant and mother a...

    Authors: Patricia Leahy-Warren, Chelsea Coleman, Róisín Bradley and Helen Mulcahy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:260

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Childbirth is considered as the most challenging psychological event in a woman’s life. It has a major effect on women’s lives with long-term positive or negative impacts. Cultural, religious, and socioeconomi...

    Authors: Marzieh Khamehchian, Mohsen Adib-Hajbaghery, Nastaran HeydariKhayat, Mahboubeh Rezaei and Mahdieh Sabery

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:259

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The continuum of maternal care has been one of the effective approaches for improving the health of mothers and newborns. Although large numbers of Ethiopian women do not use maternal health services, points o...

    Authors: Amanu Aragaw Emiru, Getu Degu Alene and Gurmesa Tura Debelew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:258

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The uneven global and national distribution of obstetric fistulas suggests a complex network of determinants contributing to fistula development. This study aims to create an understanding of the determinants ...

    Authors: Geerte C. den Hollander and Erica W. M. Janszen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:257

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The occurrence of uterine rupture has dropped significantly in high income countries. It continues, however, to be a major public and clinical health problem in low income countries including Ethiopia. Aim of ...

    Authors: Achamyelesh Gebretsadik, Hailemichael Hagos and Kebede Tefera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:256

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Inadequate maternal weight gain increases the risk of small-for-gestational age (SGA) infants. Women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) are at risk of significant early pregnancy weight loss and insufficient tot...

    Authors: Tale Meinich and Jone Trovik

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:255

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Since the inception of newborn screening programs in China in the 1990s, pregnancy among patients with inherited, metabolic disorders has become more common. This study explores the management and outcomes of ...

    Authors: Lin Wang, Fang Ye, Hui Zou, Kundi Wang, Zhihua Chen, Qin Hui, Bingjuan Han, Chun He, Xiaowen Li and Ming Shen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:253

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has been shown to have positive effects in promoting healthy birth outcomes in the United States. We explored whether such effe...

    Authors: Erin L. Blakeney, Jerald R. Herting, Brenda Kaye Zierler and Betty Bekemeier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:252

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Antenatal depression is a serious problem worldwide that has devastating consequences not only for the mother but also for the child and family. The pooled evidence regarding the prevalence and associated fact...

    Authors: Abel Fekadu Dadi, Haileab Fekadu Wolde, Adhanom Gebreegziabher Baraki and Temesgen Yihunie Akalu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:251

    Content type: Research article

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  45. South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, at 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. The majority of these deaths are due to complications during labor and delivery. Institutional ...

    Authors: Pontius Bayo, Loubna Belaid, Elijo Omoro Tahir, Emmanuel Ochola, Alexander Dimiti, Donato Greco and Christina Zarowsky

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:250

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Quality and respect are increasingly recognized as critical aspects of the provision of health care, and poor quality may be an essential driver of low health care utilization, especially for maternal and neon...

    Authors: Emma Sacks and Emily Peca

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:249

    Content type: Commentary

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