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Labor, delivery, and postpartum health

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of labor, birth, and postpartum health, including labor induction, mode of delivery, fetal monitoring, hemorrhage, uterine rupture, obstetric fistula, perineal tears, and all other aspects of labor, birth, and postpartum health.

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  1. The psychological birth trauma is a universal phenomenon in childbearing women. The influences could extend in a wide range, which includes the mothers’ health, mother-infant relationship, partner relationship...

    Authors: Ke Zhang, Ling Dai, Meiliyang Wu, Tieying Zeng, Mengmei Yuan and Ye Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:651

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  2. Rwanda has a high unmet need for family planning which could be reduced by improving access to postpartum intrauterine contraceptives device (PPIUCD) insertion. The objective of the study was to assess the pre...

    Authors: Chris Adrien Kanakuze, Dan Kabonge Kaye, Priscilla Musabirema, Pascal Nkubito and Scovia Nalugo Mbalinda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:650

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  3. The period around childbirth and the first 24 hours postpartum remains a perilous time for both mother and newborn. Health care providers’ compliance to the World Health Organization modified partogram across ...

    Authors: Solomon Weldemariam Gebrehiwot, Mulugeta Woldu Abrha and Haftom Gebrehiwot Weldearegay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:647

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  4. Thermal control after birth is an essential part of neonatal care. However, the relationship between neonatal temperature at and after admission is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the change between neon...

    Authors: Francesco Cavallin, Serena Calgaro, Valentina Brugnolaro, Amir Hussein Abubacar Seni, Arlindo Rosario Muhelo, Liviana Da Dalt, Giovanni Putoto and Daniele Trevisanuto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:646

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Oxytocin is effective in reducing labor duration, but can be associated with fetal and maternal complications such as neonatal acidosis and post-partum hemorrhage. When comparing discontinuing oxytocin in the ...

    Authors: Aude Girault, François Goffinet and Camille Le Ray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:640

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. The perinatal period is a time of immense change, which can be a period of stress and vulnerability for mental health difficulties. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown promise for reducing distress, but...

    Authors: Marissa D. Sbrilli, Larissa G. Duncan and Heidemarie K. Laurent

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:623

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  7. There is no clear consensus on the management of caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP), a complex and life-threatening condition. The objective of this study was to present a novel approach to management of CSP that ...

    Authors: Anda Pristavu, Angela Vinturache, Elena Mihalceanu, Radu Pintilie, Mircea Onofriescu and Demetra Socolov

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:617

    Content type: Case report

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  8. Wound infection is a common complication following caesarean section. Factors influencing the risk of infection may include the suture material for skin closure, and closure of the subcutaneous fascia. We asse...

    Authors: Amanda J. Poprzeczny, Rosalie M. Grivell, Jennie Louise, Andrea R. Deussen and Jodie M. Dodd

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:606

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  9. Prolonged labor might contribute to a negative birth experience and influence first-time mothers’ attitudes towards future pregnancies. Previous studies have not adjusted for possible confounding factors, such...

    Authors: L. C. Gaudernack, T. M. Michelsen, T. Egeland, N. Voldner and M. Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:605

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  10. Pre-pregnancy obesity and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) are established risk factors for adverse pregnancy, delivery and birth outcomes. Pregnancy is an ideal moment for nutritional interventions in ...

    Authors: Philippe Deruelle, Sophie Lelorain, Sylvie Deghilage, Emmanuelle Couturier, Elodie Guilbert, Paul Berveiller, Marie Victoire Sénat, Christophe Vayssière, Loïc Sentilhes, Franck Perrotin, Denis Gallot, Céline Chauleur, Nicolas Sananes, Emmanuel Roth, Dominique Luton, Marie Caputo…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:602

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  11. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is a potentially lethal condition of pregnant women with a high mortality rate. Potential predictors related to postpartum recovery time and prognostic factors of AFLP are...

    Authors: Jun Chen, Ze-Bing Huang, Xue-Gong Fan, Xing-Wang Hu, Min Qi, Cheng-Jin Liao, Li-Yuan Long and Yan Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:601

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The correlation between stage of labor and adverse delivery outcomes has been widely studied. Most of studies focused on nulliparous women, it was not very clear what impact the stage of labor duration had on ...

    Authors: Li Wang, Hongxia Wang, Lu Jia, Wenjie Qing, Fan Li and Jie Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:596

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  13. There are no published cases of tonic-clonic seizures and posterior bilateral blindness during pregnancy and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus (COV) 2 (SARS-COV-2) infection. We do not just ...

    Authors: Alejandro Garcia Rodriguez, Sergio Marcos Contreras, Santiago Manuel Fernandez Manovel, Jose Miguel Marcos Vidal, Fernando Diez Buron, Camino Fernandez Fernandez and Maria del Carmen Riveira Gonzalez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:587

    Content type: Case report

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  14. Maternal perception of decreased fetal movements is commonly used to assess fetal well-being. However, there are different opinions on whether healthcare professionals should encourage maternal observation of ...

    Authors: Anna Akselsson, Helena Lindgren, Viktor Skokic and Ingela Rådestad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:577

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Globally, complications of preterm birth are among the most common cause of neonatal mortality. In Ethiopia, the neonatal mortality reduction is not worthy of attention. Hence, this study reviewed the prevalen...

    Authors: Kindie Fentahun Muchie, Ayenew Molla Lakew, Destaw Fetene Teshome, Melaku Kindie Yenit, Malede Mequanent Sisay, Fantahun Ayenew Mekonnen and Yohanes Ayanaw Habitu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:574

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  16. In line with global trends, India has witnessed a sharp rise in caesarean section (CS) deliveries, especially in the private sector. Despite the urgent need for change, there are few published examples of priv...

    Authors: Abhishek Bhartia, Rinku Sen Gupta Dhar and Saru Bhartia

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:556

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  17. The expansion of primary health care services in Ethiopia made basic health services available and accessible. The Last Ten Kilometers (L10K) project has strengthened the primary health care system through imp...

    Authors: Gizachew Tadele Tiruneh, Alemayehu Worku, Yemane Berhane, Wuleta Betemariam and Meaza Demissie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:549

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  18. Caesarean section (CS) rates are increasing and there are wide variations in rates internationally and nationally. There is evidence that women who attend their obstetrician privately have a higher incidence o...

    Authors: Michael J. Turner, Ciara M. E. Reynolds, Léan E. McMahon, Eimer G. O’Malley, Michael P. O’Connell and Sharon R. Sheehan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:548

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  19. Maternal and neonatal mortality remain a significant problem across much of the developing world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa countries. In Ethiopia, most maternal and neonatal deaths occur during the pos...

    Authors: Markos Manote and Tsegaye Gebremedhin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:546

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  20. We aimed to develop and validate a nomogram for effective prediction of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and guide future clinical application.

    Authors: Hua-Le Zhang, Liang-Hui Zheng, Li-Chun Cheng, Zhao-Dong Liu, Lu Yu, Qin Han, Geng-Yun Miao and Jian-Ying Yan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:538

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  21. Post-partum depression (PPD) is a growing mental health concern worldwide. There is little evidence in the Chinese context of the relationship between paternal PPD and maternal PPD. Given the growing global co...

    Authors: Zhizhou Duan, Yuanyuan Wang, Ping Jiang, Amanda Wilson, Yan Guo, Yongliang Lv, Xiaonan Yang, Renjie Yu, Shuilan Wang, Zhengyan Wu, Mengqing Xia, Guosheng Wang, Ye Tao, L Xiaohong, Ling Ma, Hong Shen…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:537

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  22. The use of obstetric early-warning-systems (EWS) has been recommended to improve timely recognition, management and early referral of women who have or are developing a critical illness. Development of such pr...

    Authors: Aminu Umar, Alexander Manu, Matthews Mathai and Charles Ameh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:531

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  23. Ethiopia is one of the sub-Saharan African country with high maternal mortality ratio (MMR). According to Ethiopian demographic health survey (EDHS) 2016 report, MMR is 420 among 100,000 live births. Antenatal...

    Authors: Berhan Tsegaye and Mohammed Ayalew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:528

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  24. Despite the widespread use of oxygen (O2) in intrauterine resuscitation, the obstetric scientists’ understanding of O2 therapy is full of contradictions. We tested the hypothesis that higher maternal arterial par...

    Authors: Yunhai Chuai, Wen Jiang, Xiaobin Xu, Aiming Wang, Yuanqing Yao and Lei Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:510

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  25. Skilled birth care during childbirth is reported in the literature as one critical strategy for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality. Despite the importance of birth care provided by skilled birth attenda...

    Authors: Peter Adatara, Johanita Strumpher and Esmeralda Ricks

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:500

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  26. Deferring cord clamping has proven benefits for both term and preterm infants, and recent studies have demonstrated better cardio-respiratory stability if clamping is based on the infant’s physiology, and whet...

    Authors: Elisabeth Sæther, Friedrich Reinhart-Van Gülpen, Christer Jensen, Tor Åge Myklebust and Beate Horsberg Eriksen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:496

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  27. There is increasing evidence that a history of preeclampsia is an important risk factor for future cardiovascular events. Awareness of this risk could provide opportunities for identification of women at risk,...

    Authors: Tessa E. Dijkhuis, Femke Bloem, Lise A.J. Kusters, Sofie M. Roos, Sanne J. Gordijn, Floor Holvast and Jelmer R. Prins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:486

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  28. The world’s understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve as the scientific community discovers unique presentations of this disease. This case report depicts an unexpected intraoperative coagulopathy during a...

    Authors: Kelly Elizabeth Kinsey, Eric Ganz, Susan Khalil and Lois Brustman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:481

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  29. Medical practice variation in caesarean section rates is the most studied type of practice variation in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. This has not resulted in increased homogeneity of treatment betw...

    Authors: Maarten D H Vink, Piet J G M de Bekker, Xander Koolman, Maurits W van Tulder, Ralph de Vries, Ben Willem J Mol and Eric J E van der Hijden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:478

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  30. The Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) is a tool designed to assess women’s perceptions about labor and delivery. The aim of this study was to perform the cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the...

    Authors: Renata Cristina Martins da Silva Vieira, Cristine Homsi Jorge Ferreira, Ricardo de Carvalho Cavalli, Maiara Lazaretti Rodrigues do Prado, Ana Carolina Sartorato Beleza and Patricia Driusso

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:477

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  31. There is no available evidence for the prevalence of early labour admission to hospital or its association with rates of intervention and clinical outcomes in Australia. The objectives of this study were to: e...

    Authors: Yvette D. Miller, Ashleigh A. Armanasco, Laura McCosker and Rachel Thompson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:469

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  32. Intrapartum respectful maternity care is defined as a fundamental human right that can affect the mother’s experiences. This study aimed to determine the status of respectful maternity care and its relationshi...

    Authors: Khadije Hajizadeh, Maryam Vaezi, Shahla Meedya, Sakineh Mohammad Alizadeh Charandabi and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:468

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  33. Neuraxial labor analgesia is known to increase the rate of instrumental delivery and prolong the second stage of labor; however, there is no standard method to evaluate the progress of labor under analgesia. F...

    Authors: Hitomi Ando, Shintaro Makino, Jun Takeda, Yojiro Maruyama, Shuko Nojiri, Hiroyuki Sumikura and Atsuo Itakura

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:467

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  34. Disrespectful maternity care is a key impediment to achieving a good quality care. Identifying predicting factors can be used in mitigating any potential risk in for disrespect and abuse in maternity care. The...

    Authors: Khadije Hajizadeh, Maryam Vaezi, Shahla Meedya, Sakineh Mohammad Alizadeh Charandabi and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:463

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  35. In many countries, cesarean section has become the most common major surgical procedure. Most nations have high cesarean birth rates, suggesting overuse. Due to the excess harm and expense associated with unne...

    Authors: Carol Sakala, Candice Belanoff and Eugene R. Declercq

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:462

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  36. Early rescue intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has been used in clinic as appropriate currently. While the outcomes of children born after this method were not well assessed. The purpose of this study wa...

    Authors: Feng Xiong, Qing Sun, Guangui Li, Zhihong Yao, Peilin Chen, Caiyun Wan, Huixian Zhong and Yong Zeng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:460

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  37. The rate of induction of labor in the U.S. has risen from 9.6% in 1990 to 25.7% in 2018, including 31.7% of first-time births. Recent studies that have examined inductions have been small qualitative studies o...

    Authors: Eugene Declercq, Candice Belanoff and Ronald Iverson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:458

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  38. Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma have been extensively studied for their possible impact on pregnancy, and their involvement in newborn diseases. This work examined Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma carriage among gravidas wome...

    Authors: Avi Peretz, Oran Tameri, Maya Azrad, Shay Barak, Yuri Perlitz, Wadie Abu Dahoud, Moshe Ben-Ami and Amir Kushnir

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:456

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Chorioamnionitis is a frequent complication of pregnancy and is known to be associated with serious adverse post-natal outcomes including death. However, the assessment of fetal well-being in labor in the cont...

    Authors: Dina Zaki, Jaques Balayla, Marc Beltempo, Guillaume Gazil, Anne Monique Nuyt and Isabelle Boucoiran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:454

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  40. The latest basic studies and clinical evidence have confirmed the safety and efficacy of intraoperative autologous blood cell transfusion in cardiac surgery and orthopaedics. However, in caesarean section, the...

    Authors: Ye Liu, Xiaoguang Li, Xiangming Che, Guosheng Zhao and Mingjun Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:452

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  41. The placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) is a severe complication of pregnancy and is associated with massive haemorrhage, hysterectomy, and even perinatal maternal-foetal death. Prophylactic abdominal aortic ballo...

    Authors: Haijuan Zhu, Shengyou Wang, Jingfa Shi, Lamei Yao, Li Wang, Hongbo Chen and Xiangdong Fang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:446

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  42. Skilled assistance during pregnancy and childbirth is one of the key interventions in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality. But studies have shown that many women across the globe experience disrespectful...

    Authors: Gizachew Abdissa Bulto, Dereje Bayissa Demissie and Abera Shibru Tulu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:443

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  43. The incidence of breech presentation in single pregnancies at term is between three to 5 %. In order to support eligible women in their choice of mode of delivery, a dedicated breech clinic with a care pathway...

    Authors: S. Derisbourg, E. Costa, L. De Luca, S. Amirgholami, V. Bogne Kamdem, A. Vercoutere, W. H. Zhang, S. Alexander, P. M. Buekens, Y. Englert, A. Pintiaux and C. Daelemans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:435

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  44. Posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) after childbirth may affect mother-infant bonding. This study examined the relationship between aspects of PTSS after childbirth and bonding failure for mothers at 1 month ...

    Authors: Yoshiko Suetsugu, Megumi Haruna and Kiyoko Kamibeppu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:434

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  45. The RECIPE study aims to validate a risk prediction model for intrapartum caesarean delivery which has been developed by our group. The Genesis study was a prospective observational study carried out by the Pe...

    Authors: Niamh C Murphy, Naomi Burke, Patrick Dicker, Fiona Cody, Etaoin Kent, Elizabeth C Tully, Fergal D Malone and Fionnuala M Breathnach

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:431

    Content type: Study protocol

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  46. To determine the prevalence, related factors and maternal outcomes of primary PPH in governmental hospitals in Kabul Afghanistan.

    Authors: Shirin Shahbazi Sighaldeh, Adela Nazari, Raziyeh Maasoumi, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Ziba Mazari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:428

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  47. Labour dystocia (LD) is associated with maternal and foeto-neonatal complications and increased rate of caesarean section. There are scant studies on predictive factors of labour dystocia in Iran, as well as i...

    Authors: Jila Nahaee, Fatemeh Abbas-Alizadeh, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:425

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  48. There is an increasing global trend towards the widespread over-medicalisation of labour and childbirth. The present study aimed to investigate pregnant women’s clinical characteristics, intrapartum interventi...

    Authors: Chunyi Gu, Xiaojiao Wang, Zhijie Zhang, Simone Schwank, Chunxiang Zhu, Zheng Zhang and Xu Qian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:386

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