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  1. Implementation of high-quality national audits for perinatal mortality are needed to improve the registration of all perinatal deaths and the identification of the causes of death. This study aims to evaluate ...

    Authors: Gaia Po’, Francesca Monari, Filippo Zanni, Giovanni Grandi, Camilla Lupi and Fabio Facchinetti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:276

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  2. Different strategies have been designed for clinical implementation of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing. We aimed to evaluate the performance of a contingent strategy based on conventional screening and offering ...

    Authors: María Ángeles Sánchez-Durán, Andrea Bernabeu García, Inés Calero, Jordi Ramis Fossas, Tamara Illescas, María Teresa Avilés, Nerea Maiz and Elena Carreras

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:274

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  3. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common cause of maternal morbidity, and can lead to the development of diabetes later in life. Pre-pregnancy body weight is associated with the change in body mass inde...

    Authors: Jing Liu, Guang Song, Tao Meng, Ge Zhao and Songning Guo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:272

    Content type: Research article

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  4. To investigate the association between sociodemographic and obstetric variables and delays in care with maternal near misses (MNMs) and their health indicators.

    Authors: Telmo Henrique Barbosa de Lima, Melania Maria Amorim, Samir Buainain Kassar and Leila Katz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:271

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Postpartum depression (PPD) complicates maternal wellbeing, maternal-infant bonding, and cognitive function in children and woman’s relationship with her partner. Clinical observations suggest a higher risk of...

    Authors: Barke Mbarak, Charles Kilewo, Saidi Kuganda and Bruno F. Sunguya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:270

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  6. Egypt has seen substantial decreases in maternal mortality and reached near universal coverage for antenatal care (ANC). The objective of this paper is to describe the changes over time (1991–2014) in the use ...

    Authors: Miguel Pugliese-Garcia, Emma Radovich, Nevine Hassanein, Oona M. R. Campbell, Karima Khalil and Lenka Benova

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:268

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Improved understanding of vegetable intake changes between pregnancy and postpartum may inform future intervention targets to establish healthy home food environments. Therefore, the goal of this study was to ...

    Authors: Alison Tovar, Jill L. Kaar, Karen McCurdy, Alison E. Field, Dana Dabelea and Maya Vadiveloo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:267

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Preeclampsia is a multisystem disorder characterized by vascular endothelial malfunction occurring after 20 weeks of gestation. Placental soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) is an antiangiogenic factor...

    Authors: Vivek Pant, Binod Kumar Yadav and Jyoti Sharma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:266

    Content type: Research article

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  9. To analyze blood loss after delivery in women with induction of labor compared to women with spontaneous onset of labor.

    Authors: Romana Brun, Emilian Spoerri, Leonhard Schäffer, Roland Zimmermann and Christian Haslinger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:265

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Maternal education is wide-ranging and covers many areas from pregnancy to the immediate postpartum period and childrearing. However, for it to be effective, more resources need to be assigned to key topics. T...

    Authors: Carmen Paz-Pascual, Isabel Artieta-Pinedo and Gonzalo Grandes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:264

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The oral glucose-tolerance test (OGTT) is currently the standard method for diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM). We conducted a post hoc analysis using the Australian Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Ou...

    Authors: Eddie X. Shen, Robert G. Moses, Jeremy J.N. Oats, Julia Lowe and H. David McIntyre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:263

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Gestational weight gain (GWG) has implications for perinatal outcomes, the guidelines for maternal weight gain, however, remain understudied among twin pregnancies. This study aimed to assess the associations ...

    Authors: Dongxin Lin, Dazhi Fan, Shuzhen Wu, Gengdong Chen, Pengsheng Li, Huiting Ma, Shaoxin Ye, Jiaming Rao, Huishan Zhang, Meng Zeng, Yan Liu, Xiaoling Guo and Zhengping Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:262

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The increased potential for negative pregnancy outcomes in both extremes of reproductive age is a well-debated argument. The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and the outcome of pregnancies conce...

    Authors: Ambrogio P. Londero, Emma Rossetti, Carla Pittini, Angelo Cagnacci and Lorenza Driul

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:261

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Despite the many maternal healthcare policy programmes in Ghana such as free the antenatal care (ANC) and the fee-exemption policy under the National Health Insurance Scheme, among others, the country has yet ...

    Authors: Joshua Sumankuuro, Memuna Yankasa Mahama, Judith Crockett, Shaoyu Wang and Jeanine Young

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:260

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  15. Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy (AFLP) is a rare, catastrophic disease affecting women in the third trimester of pregnancy or in the post-partum period. It is usually a diagnosis of exclusion and requires a str...

    Authors: Enesia Ziki, Shingi Bopoto, M. G. Madziyire and D. Madziwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:259

    Content type: Case report

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  16. In many low and low-middle income countries, the incidence of polyhydramnios is unknown, in part because ultrasound technology is not routinely used. Our objective was to report the incidence of polyhydramnios...

    Authors: Melissa Bauserman, Robert Nathan, Adrien Lokangaka, Elizabeth M. McClure, Janet Moore, Daniel Ishoso, Antoinette Tshefu, Lester Figueroa, Ana Garces, Margo S. Harrison, Dennis Wallace, Sarah Saleem, Waseem Mirza, Nancy Krebs, Michael Hambidge, Waldemar Carlo…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:258

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There is some evidence that suggests misoprostol may supplement the action of oxytocin in preventing post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of the admini...

    Authors: Frederick Morfaw, Mercy Fundoh, Christopher Pisoh, Bi Ayaba, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Laura N. Anderson and Lehana Thabane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:257

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Perinatal depression, the most common pregnancy complication, is associated with negative maternal-offspring outcomes. Despite existence of effective treatments, it is under-recognized and under-treated. Profe...

    Authors: Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Linda Brenckle, Padma Sankaran, Grace A. Masters, Sharina Person, Linda Weinreb, Jean Y. Ko, Cheryl L. Robbins, Jeroan Allison and Nancy Byatt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:256

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. The maternal mortality rate in Lao PDR (Laos) is still the highest in Southeast Asia, at 197 per 100,000 live births. Antenatal care (ANC) could contribute to maternal and child mortality reduction. The qualit...

    Authors: Sysavanh Phommachanh, Dirk R. Essink, Maaike Jansen, Jacqueline E. W. Broerse, Pamela Wright and Mayfong Mayxay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:255

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Poor sleep, including symptoms of insomnia are common during pregnancy and postpartum periods. Poor sleep during the perinatal period is linked to impaired daytime functioning, mood disturbance, and risk for c...

    Authors: Bei Bei, Donna M. Pinnington, Lin Shen, Michelle Blumfield, Sean P. A. Drummond, Louise K. Newman and Rachel Manber

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:254

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. During pregnancy and postnatally, women seek information from a variety of sources. The potential to incorporate educational pregnancy and parenting resources into conventional health services is underexplored...

    Authors: Nicola Crossland, Gill Thomson and Victoria Hall Moran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:253

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with adverse perinatal outcomes. Screening for GDM and applying adequate interventions may reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. However, the diagnosis of GDM d...

    Authors: Tao Zheng, Weiping Ye, Xipeng Wang, Xiaoyong Li, Jun Zhang, Julian Little, Lixia Zhou and Lin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:252

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The squatting birth position is widely used for “natural” birth or in countries where childbirth occurs in non-medical facilities. Squatting birth positions, like others, are roughly defined so a biomechanical...

    Authors: David Desseauve, Laetitia Fradet, Patrick Lacouture and Fabrice Pierre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:251

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  24. China has made remarkable progress in maternal and child health (MCH) over the last thirty years, but socio-economic inequalities persist. Ethnicity has become an important determinant of poor MCH outcomes, bu...

    Authors: Juying Zhang, Yuchan Mou, Jiaqiang Liao, Huaying Xiong, Zhanqi Duan, Yuan Huang and Carine Ronsmans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:250

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  25. In April 2012 our institution chose to switch from a two- step criteria for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) screening, to the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group (IADSPG) criteri...

    Authors: Elena Costa, Christine Kirckpartick, Colette Gerday, Aricia De Kempeneer, Sara Derisbourg, An Vercoutere, Sophie Haumont, Axelle Pintiaux and Caroline Daelemans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:249

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Globally, prematurity is a major determinant of morbidity and mortality contributing 30–40% of neonatal mortality. The consequences of preterm deliveries are enormous with developmental and childhood complicat...

    Authors: Ernest Konadu Aseidu, Delia Akosua Bandoh, Donne Kofi Ameme, Priscilla Nortey, Patricia Akweongo, Samuel Oko Sackey, Edwin Afari, Kofi Mensah Nyarko and Ernest Kenu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:248

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Low back pain (LBP) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP) are commonly reported during pregnancy and are known to affect pregnant women’s well-being. Still, these conditions are often considered to be a normal part of ...

    Authors: Ranjeeta Shijagurumayum Acharya, Anne Therese Tveter, Margreth Grotle, Malin Eberhard-Gran and Britt Stuge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:247

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  28. Fetal growth has been known to be associated with particulate matter (PM) air pollution during gestation. Given that regular working may deviate outdoor air pollution exposure, the association between air poll...

    Authors: Seung-Ah Choe, Jiyeong Jang, Min Jung Kim, Yoon-Bae Jun and Sun-Young Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:246

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  29. In England, 27.8% of all pregnant women undergo caesarean sections (CS) to deliver their babies. Women undergoing CS are at risk of developing sepsis and post-natal infections, which not only contribute signif...

    Authors: Annalise Weckesser, Nicola Farmer, Rinita Dam, Amie Wilson, Victoria Hodgetts Morton and R. Katie Morris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:245

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  30. This study aimed to provide a German translation of the Body Image in Pregnancy Scale (BIPS) – a measure tailored to pregnancy-specific aspects of body image while being consistent to the multifaceted theoreti...

    Authors: Michaela Nagl, Lene Jepsen, Katja Linde and Anette Kersting

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:244

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Dien Bien Province in northwest Vietnam is predominantly populated with ethnic minority groups, who experience worse maternal and child health outcomes than the general population. Various factors are associat...

    Authors: Shannon McKinn, Duong Thuy Linh, Kirsty Foster and Kirsten McCaffery

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:243

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Pregnancy-related anxiety (PrA) has been identified as a construct distinct from general stress and anxiety with a negative impact on birth and child outcomes. Validated instruments with good psychometric prop...

    Authors: S. Mudra, A. Göbel, D. Barthel, K. Hecher, M. Schulte-Markwort, J. Goletzke, P. Arck and A. Diemert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:242

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The prediction of preterm birth (PTB) is important in the management of symptomatic preterm labour women. We evaluated the effectiveness of the foetal fibronectin (fFN) test for predicting PTB in symptomatic p...

    Authors: Soo Yeun Jun, Ji Young Lee, Hyun-Mi Kim, Mi Ju Kim, Hyun-Hwa Cha and Won Joon Seong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:241

    Content type: Technical advance

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  34. Ragged placental membranes is a distinct entity from retained placenta and not uncommonly reported in midwifery texts. Although the incidence of postpartum endometritis is merely 1–5% after vaginal births, it ...

    Authors: Hian Yan Voon, Jun Yan Pow, Lee Na Tan, Haris Njoo Suharjono and Wan Sim Teo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:240

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  35. In Mexico, obesity is a major public health problem; 71% of adults are overweight or obese. The proportion of deliveries by cesarean is also very high (45%). Women of reproductive age with overweight or obesit...

    Authors: Alexander Brenes-Monge, Biani Saavedra-Avendaño, Jacqueline Alcalde-Rabanal and Blair G. Darney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:239

    Content type: Research article

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  36. There are several international guidelines on oxytocin regimens for induction and augmentation of labour, but no agreement on a standardised regimen in Germany. This study collated and reviewed the oxytocin re...

    Authors: Sonja Helbig, Antje Petersen, Erika Sitter, Deirdre Daly and Mechthild M. Gross

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:238

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Abnormalities of blood cell counts and of cytokine profiles in women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) have been reported in several studies. Although their cause-effect relationships to HDP are n...

    Authors: Yohana Silas Mtali, Magdalena Amani Lyimo, Lucio Luzzatto and Siriel Nanzia Massawe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:237

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Caesarean sections (CSs) are associated with increased maternal and perinatal morbidity, yet rates continue to increase within most countries. Effective interventions are required to reduce the number of non-m...

    Authors: Anna Chapman, Cate Nagle, Debra Bick, Rebecca Lindberg, Bridie Kent, Justin Calache and Alison M. Hutchinson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:206

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Malaria in pregnancy increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight (LBW), maternal and foetal anemia. In Tanzania, some areas have attained low malaria transmission. However, data on th...

    Authors: Wigilya P. Mikomangwa, Minzi OMS, Eleni Aklillu and Appolinary A. R. Kamuhabwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:236

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The incidence of post cesarean intra-abdominal infection (IAI) and the independent risk factors associated with it were retrospectively studied at a tertiary referral hospital in Egypt.

    Authors: Ahmed R. Abdelraheim, Khaled Gomaa, Emad M. Ibrahim, Mo’men M. Mohammed, Eissa M. Khalifa, Ayman M. Youssef, Ahmed K. Abdelhakeem, Heba Hassan, Ahmed Abd Alghany and Saad El Gelany

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:234

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Grand multiparity is a major public health concern especially among developing countries and has been associated with higher risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes compared with women of lesser parity. Th...

    Authors: Atem Bethel Ajong, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Larissa Pone Simo, Jean Jacques Noubiap and Tsi Njim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:233

    Content type: Research article

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  42. We examined whether inferior thyroid artery peak systolic velocity (ITA-PSV) predicts an increase in levothyroxine (LT4) dosage in pregnant women with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

    Authors: Masafumi Kurajoh, Akiyo Yamasaki, Toshiki Nagasaki, Yuki Nagata, Shinsuke Yamada, Yasuo Imanishi, Masanori Emoto, Kanae Takahashi, Kouji Yamamoto, Ayumi Shintani and Masaaki Inaba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:232

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  43. While there has been a trend for greater number of women to deliver at health facilities across Tanzania, mothers and their family members continue to face mistreatment with respectful maternity care during ch...

    Authors: Lilian T. Mselle, Thecla W. Kohi and Justine Dol

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:231

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Non-invasive electrophysiological assessment (NIEA) is an evolving area in fetal surveillance and is attracting increasing research interest. There is however, limited data outlining its utility in evaluating ...

    Authors: Vinayak Smith, Amrish Nair, Ritesh Warty, Joel Arun Sursas, Fabricio da Silva Costa and Euan Morrison Wallace

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:230

    Content type: Research article

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  45. An understanding of the association between adolescent nutrition, adolescent pregnancy and their quest for healthcare services may elucidate a basis for intervention and formulation of programs that enhance po...

    Authors: David Omondi Okeyo, Sussy Gumo, Elly O. Munde, Charles O. Opiyo, Zablon O. Omungo, Maureen Olyaro, Rachel K. Ndirangu, Nanlop Ogbureke, Sophie Efange and Collins Ouma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:229

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  46. Most women choose to have another vaginal delivery following one complicated by an obstetrical anal sphincter injury (OASIS). However, little is known about patient satisfaction or regret with this decision. T...

    Authors: Madeline Edwards, Emily K. Kobernik, Shriya Suresh and Carolyn W. Swenson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:225

    Content type: Research article

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