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  1. Maternal smoking during pregnancy remains a public health concern in the United States (US). We examined whether the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy decreased between 2010 and 2017 and how trends differ...

    Authors: Sunday Azagba, Lauren Manzione, Lingpeng Shan and Jessica King

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:52

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Migration to another country has a potential influence on breastfeeding practices. A significant difference in breastfeeding rates between Irish nationals and non-nationals has been reported. This study was co...

    Authors: Qianling Zhou, Katherine M. Younger, Tanya M. Cassidy, Wenyi Wang and John M. Kearney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:51

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  3. Pregnancy complicated with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a sporadic syndrome that is characterized by hypertension, uncontrolled hypokalemia, severe heart failure, premature delivery and other adverse effe...

    Authors: Yuanli Zhang, Zeng Yuan, Chunping Qiu, Shuyi Li, Shiqian Zhang and Yan Fang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:50

    Content type: Case report

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  4. Partograph is cost effective and affordable tool designed to provide a continuous pictorial overview and labour progress used to prevent prolonged and obstructed labour. It consists of key information about pr...

    Authors: Azeb Abrham Hagos, Eshetu Cherinet Teka and Genet Degu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:49

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In resource-limited settings, childbirth remains a matter of life and death. High levels of childbirth fear in primigravid women are inevitable. To date, few studies have explored interventions to reduce child...

    Authors: Berlington M. J. Munkhondya, Tiwonge Ethel Munkhondya, Ellen Chirwa and Honghong Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:48

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Pregnancy is an important period to promote healthy behaviors, prevent and identify diseases early and treat them to maximize the health and development of both the woman and her unborn child. A new World Heal...

    Authors: Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Alberta Amu, John Williams and Margaret Gyapong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:47

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Egypt has achieved important reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality and experienced increases in the proportion of births attended by skilled professionals. However, substandard care has been highlighte...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:46

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a disproportionate burden of perinatal deaths globally. However, data to inform targeted interventions on an institutional level is lacking, especially in rural settings. The objective...

    Authors: Martha A. Tesfalul, Paul Natureeba, Nathan Day, Ochar Thomas and Stephanie L. Gaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:45

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The potential role of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) pathogenesis is still debated, although some evidences suggest that they could affect pregnancy outcome, leading to a higher...

    Authors: Valentina Bruno, Carlo Ticconi, Federica Martelli, Marzia Nuccetelli, Maria Vittoria Capogna, Roberto Sorge, Emilio Piccione and Adalgisa Pietropolli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:44

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is an important public health concern, especially in the vulnerable population of pregnant women due to potential risks to both the mother and fetus. Few studi...

    Authors: Rizka Novia Atmadani, Owen Nkoka, Sendi Lia Yunita and Yi-Hua Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:42

    Content type: Research article

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  11. ‘Preconception health’ or ‘pre-pregnancy health’ are terms used to describe the health status of males and females prior to pregnancy. The goal of preconception health strategies is to optimise the health of f...

    Authors: Laura McGowan, Emer Lennon-Caughey, Cheryl Chun, Michelle C. McKinley and Jayne V. Woodside

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:41

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Twin pregnancy has a high risk for developing uterine atony (UA). This study aimed to evaluate efficacy and clinical outcomes of prophylactic compression sutures to treat UA during twin cesarean section (CS).

    Authors: Mi-La Kim, Yoon-Mi Hur, Hyejin Ryu, Min Jin Lee, Seok Ju Seong and Joong Sik Shin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:40

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Since 2000 considerable attention has been placed on maternal health outcomes as the 5th Millennium Goal. In Uganda, only 65% of births are delivered by a skilled birth attendant, contributing to the 435 women...

    Authors: Jaya A. R. Dantas, Debra Singh and May Lample

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:39

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Few studies have investigated whether maternal age and education level modify the association of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection with preterm labor. We hypothesized that the association of HBV infect...

    Authors: Songxu Peng, Hongyan Chen, Xiu Li, Yukai Du and Yong Gan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:38

    Content type: Research article

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  15. A large literature search suggests a relationship between hospital/surgeon caseload volume and surgical complications. In this study, we describe associations between post-operative maternal complications foll...

    Authors: Philip S. J. Leonard, Dan L. Crouse, Jonathan G. Boudreau, Neeru Gupta and James T. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:37

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Before the advent of Western medicine in Tanzania, women gave birth in an upright position either by sitting, squatting or kneeling. Birthing women would hold ropes or trees as a way of gaining strength and st...

    Authors: Lilian Teddy Mselle and Lucia Eustace

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:36

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Congenital limb malformations are rare, and their perinatal outcomes are not well described. This study analyzed the perinatal outcomes of infants with congenital limb malformations.

    Authors: Alex Farr, Eva Wachutka, Dieter Bettelheim, Karin Windsperger and Sebastian Farr

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:35

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death in Tanzania. The Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies- Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBT) device was developed to address this problem...

    Authors: Oluwakemi Adegoke, Sandra Danso-Bamfo, Margaret Sheehy, Vincent Tarimo, Thomas F. Burke and Lorraine F. Garg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:34

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The causes of preterm birth are multi-dimensional, including delayed and inadequate prenatal services as well as other medical and socioeconomic factors. This study aimed to examine the different levels of ass...

    Authors: Hyewon Lee, Ilya Okunev, Eric Tranby and Michael Monopoli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:33

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Women with a migration background are reportedly at a higher risk of emergency caesarean section. There is evidence that this is due in part to suboptimal antenatal care use and quality of care. Despite the fa...

    Authors: C. Miani, A. Ludwig, J. Breckenkamp, O. Sauzet, I-M Doyle, C. Hoeller-Holtrichter, J. Spallek and O. Razum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:32

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Evidence suggests that cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy negatively impacts fetal health. Health agencies across countries have developed specific guidelines for health professionals i...

    Authors: Sakari Lemola, Anna Gkiouleka, Natalie Urfer-Maurer, Alexander Grob, Katharina Tritten Schwarz and Yvonne Meyer-Leu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:31

    Content type: Research article

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  22. In urban Kenya, couples face a wide variety of choices for delivery options; however, many women end up delivering in different facilities from those they had intended while pregnant. One potential consequence...

    Authors: V. Naanyu, V. Mujumdar, C. Ahearn, M. McConnell and J. Cohen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:30

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Excessive body weight induces the occurrence of arterial hypertension. The risk associated with irregularities during the perinatal period is increased in women with diagnosed hypothyroidism. Disorders of thyr...

    Authors: Wioletta Waksmańska, Rafał Bobiński, Izabela Ulman-Włodarz and Anna Pielesz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:29

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Following publication of the original article [1], we have been notified that the name of one author was spelled incorrectly as Kidanemariam Berhe, when the correct spelling is Kidanemaryam Berhe.

    Authors: Natnael Etsay Assefa, Hailemariam Berhe, Fiseha Girma, Kidanemaryam Berhe, Yodit Zewdie Berhe, Gdiom Gebreheat, Weldu Mamu Werid, Almaz Berhe, Hagos B. Rufae and Guesh Welu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:28

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:386

  25. Traditional hierarchical approaches to research give privilege to small groups with decision-making power, without direct input from those with lived experience of illness who bear the burden of disease. A Res...

    Authors: Linda S. Franck, Monica R. McLemore, Shanell Williams, Kathryn Millar, Anastasia Y. Gordon, Schyneida Williams, Nakia Woods, Lisa Edwards, Tania Pacheco, Artie Padilla, Fanta Nelson and Larry Rand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:10

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Emotional distress following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss is common, with enduring grief occurring for many parents. However, little is known about men’s grief, since the majority of existing literature an...

    Authors: Kate Louise Obst, Clemence Due, Melissa Oxlad and Philippa Middleton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:11

    Content type: Research article

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  27. It currently remains unknown whether the resection of cervical polyps during pregnancy leads to miscarriage and/or preterm birth. This study evaluated the risk of spontaneous PTB below 34 or 37 weeks and misca...

    Authors: Kaori Fukuta, Satoshi Yoneda, Noriko Yoneda, Arihiro Shiozaki, Akitoshi Nakashima, Takashi Minamisaka, Johji Imura and Shigeru Saito

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:27

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Recently, a growing body of literature has established that disrespect and abuse during delivery is prevalent around the world. This complex issue has not been well studied through the lens of behavioral scien...

    Authors: Jana Smith, Rachel Banay, Emily Zimmerman, Vivien Caetano, Maurice Musheke and Ameck Kamanga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:26

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Evidence of placental maternal vascular malperfusion is associated with significant perinatal outcomes such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction and preterm birth. Elevations in pre-pregnancy blood...

    Authors: Jacqueline Atlass, Marie Menke, W. Tony Parks and Janet M. Catov

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:25

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Evidence from observational studies suggests that a greater intake of ultra-processed foods during pregnancy is associated with a higher chance of obesity, increased gestational weight gain, and neonatal adipo...

    Authors: Daniela Saes Sartorelli, Lívia Castro Crivellenti, Marina Garcia Manochio-Pina, Naiara Franco Baroni, Mariana Rinaldi Carvalho, Rosa Wanda Diez-Garcia and Laércio Joel Franco

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:24

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Guidelines recommend identifying in early pregnancy women at elevated risk of pre-eclampsia. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a pre-eclampsia risk prediction model for nulliparous women attend...

    Authors: Ziad T. A. Al-Rubaie, H. Malcolm Hudson, Gregory Jenkins, Imad Mahmoud, Joel G. Ray, Lisa M. Askie and Sarah J. Lord

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:23

    Content type: Research article

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  32. By 2015, Malawi had not achieved Millennium Development Goal 4, reducing maternal mortality by about 35% from 675 to 439 deaths per 100,000 livebirths. Hypothesised reasons included low uptake of antenatal car...

    Authors: Chiyembekezo Kachimanga, Elizabeth L. Dunbar, Samuel Watson, Katie Cundale, Henry Makungwa, Emily B. Wroe, Charles Malindi, Lawrence Nazimera, Daniel Palazuelos, Jeanel Drake, Thomas Gates, Thomas van den Akker and Jawaya Shea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:22

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Husbands’ involvement in maternal care is considered as a crucial step in scaling up women’s utilization of the services. However, the factors related with how husband’s involvement in maternal health care hav...

    Authors: Wondwosen Teklesilasie and Wakgari Deressa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:21

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Iron and Folic Acid are two of the micronutrients recommended for pregnant women to support optimal maternal outcomes with regard to preventing anaemia and foetal birth defects. It is difficult to establish if...

    Authors: Moses C. Simuyemba, Phoebe A. Bwembya, Mumbi Chola and Charles Michelo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:20

    Content type: Research article

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  35. A considerable amount of research demonstrates how breastfeeding self-efficacy significantly influences breastfeeding outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of nursing intervention on mother’...

    Authors: Safiya Sabri Piro and Hamdia Mirkhan Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:19

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The optimal dietary practice is a critical requisite for maternal nutrition. However, the majority of Ethiopian pregnant women have inadequate nutrient intakes. These may be due to their poor dietary habits. I...

    Authors: Yeshalem Mulugeta Demilew, Getu Degu Alene and Tefera Belachew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:18

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The early postnatal period is a dangerous time for both mother and baby where morbidity and mortality are highly prevalent if proper care is not done. Post natal care (PNC) knowledge has significant role in re...

    Authors: Ghirmay Ghebreigziabher Beraki, Eyasu H. Tesfamariam, Amanuel Gebremichael, Berhanemeskel Yohannes, Kessete Haile, Shewit Tewelde and Simret Goitom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:17

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Hypertension is the most common medical problem encountered in pregnancy and is a leading cause of perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality. However, its magnitude and risk factors yet not adequately ass...

    Authors: Leta Hinkosa, Almaz Tamene and Negeso Gebeyehu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:16

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Quality maternal health reduces maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. Healthcare professionals, including midwives, are significant agents for the promotion of quality maternal health. Frequents repor...

    Authors: Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Emmanuel Kweku Nakua, Pascal Agbadi, Jody R. Lori and Peter Donkor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:15

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Major obstetric haemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal mortality and accounts for one-third of maternal deaths in of Africa. This study aimed to assess the population-based incidence, causes, management an...

    Authors: Anke Heitkamp, Simcha Lot Aronson, Thomas van den Akker, Linda Vollmer, Stefan Gebhardt, Jos van Roosmalen, Johanna I. de Vries and Gerhard Theron

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:14

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Maternal mental health including postpartum mental health is essential to women’s health. This study aimed to develop a specific measure for assessing postpartum depression literacy and consequently evaluate i...

    Authors: Fatemeh Mirsalimi, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Azita Noroozi and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:13

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Many efforts have been focused on the alternative glycemic marker glycated albumin (GlyA) and its application in pregnancy during which profound physiological changes take place. Our objective was to determine...

    Authors: Ying Dong, Yanhong Zhai, Jing Wang, Yi Chen, Xin Xie, Chunhong Zhang, Jingrui Liu, Yifan Lu, Guodong Tang, Lican Han, Lin Li and Zheng Cao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:12

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare, life threatening obstetric complication, often associated with severe coagulopathy. Induced abortions are extremely safe procedures however complications including AFE ...

    Authors: Halley P. Crissman, Charisse Loder, Carlo Pancaro and Jason Bell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:9

    Content type: Case report

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  44. Childbirth remains a uniquely multifaceted, mental-cognitive and a major life experience to women. It is composed of a variety of psycho social and emotional aspects and creates memories, sometimes bad experie...

    Authors: Agani Afaya, Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Elizabeth A. Baku, Richard Adongo Afaya, Mavis Ofori, Samuel Agyeibi, Frederick Boateng, Rosemond Ohwui Gamor, Elsie Gyasi-Kwofie and Prudence P. Mwini Nyaledzigbor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:8

    Content type: Research article

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  45. The prevalence of pregnancy-induced hypertension in Ethiopia ranges from 2.2 to 18.3%. However, so far little is known about the adverse perinatal outcomes of pregnancy-induced hypertension in Tigray regional ...

    Authors: Abadi Kidanemariam Berhe, Abiodun O. Ilesanmi, Christopher O. Aimakhu and Afework Mulugeta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:7

    Content type: Research article

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  46. The 90% effective dose (ED90) of oxytocin infusion has been previously estimated to be 16.2 IU h− 1. However, bolus administration of oxytocin prior to the infusion may decrease the infusion dose required. The ai...

    Authors: Xiao Wei Qian, Dan M. Drzymalski, Chang Cheng Lv, Fei He Guo, Lu Yang Wang and Xin Zhong Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:6

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a highly morbid condition in which treatment exists, but the pregnancy remains high-risk until delivery. It may have serious sequelae, including fetal death, and in the...

    Authors: Fiona L. Mackie, Helen Pattison, Jelena Jankovic, R. Katie Morris and Mark D. Kilby

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:4

    Content type: Research article

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  48. To establish the changes in perinatal morbidity and mortality in twin pregnancies in Finland, a retrospective register research was conducted. Our extensive data from a 28-year study period provide important i...

    Authors: Annu-Riikka Susanna Rissanen, Riina Maria Jernman, Mika Gissler, Irmeli Katriina Nupponen and Mika Erkki Nuutila

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:2

    Content type: Research article

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  49. Urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnancy, including asymptomatic bacteriuria, is associated with maternal morbidity and adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth and low birthweight. In low-middle ...

    Authors: Anne CC Lee, Luke C. Mullany, Alain K. Koffi, Iftekhar Rafiqullah, Rasheda Khanam, Lian V. Folger, Mahmoodur Rahman, Dipak K. Mitra, Alain Labrique, Parul Christian, Jamal Uddin, Parvez Ahmed, Salahuddin Ahmed, Arif Mahmud, Sushil K. DasGupta, Nazma Begum…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:1

    Content type: Research article

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