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  1. Content type: Research article

    Focused Antenatal Care (FANC) is advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a key service approach to improving the health of pregnant women. Four targeted visits to antenatal clinics are recommended ...

    Authors: Kondwani Chidzammbuyo Mamba, Adamson S. Muula and William Stones

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:444

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Women’s views are critical for informing the planning and delivery of maternity care services. ST segment analysis (STan) is a promising method to more accurately detect when unborn babies are at risk of brain...

    Authors: Kate Bryson, Chris Wilkinson, Sabrina Kuah, Geoff Matthews and Deborah Turnbull

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:446

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Assessments of maternal near miss (MNM) are increasingly used in addition to those of maternal mortality measures. The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced an MNM tool in 2009, but this tool was prev...

    Authors: Abera K. Tura, Jelle Stekelenburg, Sicco A. Scherjon, Joost Zwart, Thomas van den Akker, Jos van Roosmalen and Sanne J. Gordijn

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:445

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Severe, early-onset fetal growth restriction due to placental insufficiency is associated with a high risk of perinatal mortality and morbidity with long-lasting sequelae. Placental insufficiency is the result...

    Authors: A. Pels, L. C. Kenny, Z. Alfirevic, P. N. Baker, Peter von Dadelszen, C. Gluud, C. T. Kariya, B. W. Mol, A. T. Papageorghiou, A. G. van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, W. Ganzevoort and K. M. Groom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:440

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  5. Content type: Research article

    High maternal mortality has remained an unmet public health challenge in the developing world. Maternal mortality in Ethiopia is among the highest in the world. Since most maternal deaths occur during labor, d...

    Authors: Kerebih Asrese and Margaret E. Adamek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:441

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Raised blood pressure (BP) affects approximately 10% of pregnancies worldwide, and a high proportion of affected women develop pre-eclampsia. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of self-monitoring of ...

    Authors: Katherine L. Tucker, Kathryn S. Taylor, Carole Crawford, James A. Hodgkinson, Clare Bankhead, Tricia Carver, Elizabeth Ewers, Margaret Glogowska, Sheila M. Greenfield, Lucy Ingram, Lisa Hinton, Khalid S. Khan, Louise Locock, Lucy Mackillop, Christine McCourt, Alexander M. Pirie…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:442

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Few data are available to guide biological sample collection around the time of birth for large-scale birth cohorts. We are designing a large UK birth cohort to investigate the role of infection and the develo...

    Authors: S. R. Bailey, C. L. Townsend, H. Dent, C. Mallet, E. Tsaliki, E. M. Riley, M. Noursadeghi, T. D. Lawley, A. J. Rodger, P. Brocklehurst and N. Field

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:439

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Unplanned out-of-hospital birth is often perceived as precipitate in nature, ‘infrequent’, ‘normal’ and ‘uncomplicated’. However, international studies report unplanned out-of-hospital birth is associated with...

    Authors: Belinda Flanagan, Bill Lord and Margaret Barnes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:436

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite numerous publications stating the importance of multidisciplinary care for women with pre-existing medical conditions, there is a lack of evidence regarding structure or processes of multidisciplinary ...

    Authors: Cath Taylor, David R. McCance, Lucy Chappell, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Sara A. Thorne, Khaled M. K. Ismail, James S. A. Green and Debra Bick

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:434

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to quantify spontaneous first trimester miscarriage rates per woman among parous women. A vast amount of data has accumulated regarding miscarriage rates per recognized pregnancy ...

    Authors: Judy Slome Cohain, Rina E. Buxbaum and David Mankuta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:437

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Eclampsia is a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in low and middle income countries. The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors and maternal and perinatal outcome in patien...

    Authors: Ahmad Mahran, Hashem Fares, Reham Elkhateeb, Mahmoud Ibrahim, Haitham Bahaa, Ahmad Sanad, Alaa Gamal, Mohamed Zeeneldin, Eissa Khalifa and Ahmed Abdelghany

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:435

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Subclinical hypothyroidism is defined as an elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone level with a normal thyroxin level without signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism. Although it is well accepted that overt hypothyr...

    Authors: María Castillo Lara, Ángel Vilar Sánchez, Consuelo Cañavate Solano, Estefanía Soto Pazos, María Iglesias Álvarez, Carmen González Macías, Carmen Ayala Ortega, Luis Javier Moreno Corral and Juan Jesús Fernández Alba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:438

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The consequences of living with obstetric fistula are multifaceted and very devastating for women, especially those living in poor resource settings. Due to uncontrollable leakages of urine and/or feces, the c...

    Authors: Josephine Changole, Viva Combs Thorsen and Ursula Kafulafula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:433

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  14. Content type: Research article

    To determine the cesarean section (CS) rate in Lithuania, identify the groups of women that influence it using the Robson classification and to determine the impact of implementing the use of the Robson classi...

    Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Egle Bartuseviciene, Dalia Regina Railaite, Meile Minkauskiene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Renata Simoliuniene and Ruta J. Nadisauskiene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:432

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  15. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the effects and financial costs of two interventions with respect to utilisation of institutional deliveries and other maternal health services in Oyam District in Uganda.

    Authors: William Massavon, Calistus Wilunda, Maria Nannini, Robert Kaos Majwala, Caroline Agaro, Emanuela De Vivo, Peter Lochoro, Giovanni Putoto and Bart Criel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:431

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  16. Content type: Research article

    While 79% of Nigerian mothers who deliver in facilities receive postnatal care within 48 h of delivery, this is only true for 16% of mothers who deliver outside facilities. Most maternal deaths can be prevente...

    Authors: Adanna Chukwuma, Chinyere Mbachu, Jessica Cohen, Thomas Bossert and Margaret McConnell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:429

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Health facility births contribute to the prevention of maternal deaths. Although theoretical and empirical evidence suggest that social network characteristics influence facility delivery, examination of this ...

    Authors: Leslie E. Cofie, Clare Barrington, Kavita Singh, Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, Susan Ennett and Suzanne Maman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:425

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In Nepal, hypothermia is a major risk factor for newborn survival, but the country’s public health care sector has insufficient capacity to improve newborn survival given the burden imposed by distance to heal...

    Authors: Karsten Lunze, Rosie Dawkins, Abeezer Tapia, Sidharth Anand, Michael Chu and David E. Bloom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:428

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity worldwide. Raised blood pressure (BP) affects 10% of pregnancies worldwide, of which almost half develop pre-eclampsia. T...

    Authors: Lisa Hinton, Katherine L. Tucker, Sheila M. Greenfield, James A. Hodgkinson, Lucy Mackillop, Christine McCourt, Trisha Carver, Carole Crawford, Margaret Glogowska, Louise Locock, Mary Selwood, Kathryn S. Taylor and Richard J. McManus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:427

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Unmet need for family planning has implications for women and their families, such as unsafe abortion, physical abuse, and poor maternal health. Contraceptive knowledge has increased across low-income settings...

    Authors: Joseph K. Wulifan, Albrecht Jahn, Hervé Hien, Patrick Christian Ilboudo, Nicolas Meda, Paul Jacob Robyn, T. Saidou Hamadou, Ousmane Haidara and Manuela De Allegri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:426

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Acute post-partum anaemia can be associated with significant morbidity including a predisposition for postnatal depression. Lack of clear practice guidelines means a number of women are treated with multiple b...

    Authors: Seng Chua, Sarika Gupta, Jennifer Curnow, Beata Gidaszewski, Marjan Khajehei and Hayley Diplock

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:424

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Infant mortality rates are commonly used to compare the health of populations. Observed differences are often attributed to variation in child health care quality. However, any differences are at least partly ...

    Authors: Ania Zylbersztejn, Ruth Gilbert, Anders Hjern and Pia Hardelid

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:430

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Home births in high risk pregnancies and unassisted childbirth seem to be increasing in the Netherlands. Until now there were no qualitative data on women’s motivations for these choices in the Dutch maternity...

    Authors: Martine Hollander, Esteriek de Miranda, Jeroen van Dillen, Irene de Graaf, Frank Vandenbussche and Lianne Holten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:423

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Women who are not exclusively breastfeeding are at risk of pregnancy after four to six weeks of childbirth. Postpartum contraceptive use is crucial to prevent unintended pregnancy, and to have spaced births. The ...

    Authors: Alem Gebremariam and Hadush Gebremariam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:421

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