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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal depression and/or anxiety disorders are undertreated pregnancy complications. This is partly due to low rates of engagement by women. This study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to women a...

    Authors: Alice Ayres, Renee Chen, Tracey Mackle, Emma Ballard, Sue Patterson, George Bruxner and Alka Kothari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:170

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    As maternity services evolve and the population of women served also changes, there is a continuing need to effectively document the views of women with recent experience of care. A woman’s maternity experienc...

    Authors: Maggie Redshaw, Colin R. Martin, Emily Savage-McGlynn and Sian Harrison

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:167

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    Muslim women of child-bearing age make up a fair part of the UK society, however, literature addressing their health needs or experiences of health services have not been extensively researched. The term ‘Musl...

    Authors: Shaima Mohamed Hassan, Conan Leavey and Jane S. Rooney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:156

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    Globally, an increasing number of women give birth in a healthcare facility. Improvement in the quality of care is crucial if preventable maternal mortality and morbidity are to be reduced. A Patient Reported ...

    Authors: Fiona Dickinson, Mary McCauley, Helen Smith and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:155

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    Most women who have a caesarean can safely have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) for their next birth, but more women have an elective repeat caesarean than a VBAC.

    Authors: Hazel Keedle, Virginia Schmied, Elaine Burns and Hannah Grace Dahlen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:142

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    Many countries offer screening programmes to unborn and newborn babies (antenatal and newborn screening) to identify those at risk of certain conditions to aid earlier diagnosis and treatment. Technological ad...

    Authors: Caroline M. Vass, Susanne Georgsson, Fiona Ulph and Katherine Payne

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:131

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women infected with brucellosis have been shown to have higher odds of having been exposed to goats and raw goat products and adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, information on these associations in ...

    Authors: Kan Kledmanee, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul and Somporn Sretrirutchai

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:118

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Utilization of antenatal care (ANC) in Ethiopia was low. There was also a variation of this underutilization of ANC service from region to region in the country. Therefore, this study aimed at providing a comp...

    Authors: Kassahun Tiruaynet and Kindie Fentahun Muchie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:115

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    Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system was established to provide information that effectively guides actions to eliminate preventable maternal mortality. In 2016, Hwange district sent six mate...

    Authors: Mpumelelo Maphosa, Tsitsi P. Juru, Nyasha Masuka, More Mungati, Notion Gombe, Peter Nsubuga and Mufuta Tshimanga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:103

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women who request a cesarean section in the absence of obstetric indication have become a highly debated issue in academic as well as popular literature. In order to find adequate, targeted treatment ...

    Authors: Kristiane Tislevoll Eide, Nils-Halvdan Morken and Kristine Bærøe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:102

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Husbands’ knowledge and awareness of pregnancy complications have a positive impact on their wives’ utilization of maternal health care services. In this study, we examined whether husbands’ knowledge and awarene...

    Authors: Suresh Jungari and Balram Paswan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:70

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women who gain weight in accordance with guidelines have the lowest risk of pregnancy and birth-related complications. However, evidence-practice gaps often exist. To address pregnancy weight manageme...

    Authors: Shelley Wilkinson, Michael Beckmann, Elin Donaldson and Sally McCray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:19

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  13. Content type: Research article

    General practitioners can play an important role in addressing smoking among pregnant women but studies suggest they rarely do so. The aim of this study was to explore general practitioners perceptions about t...

    Authors: Yael Bar-Zeev, Eliza Skelton, Billie Bonevski, Maree Gruppetta and Gillian S. Gould

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:61

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal mental health problems such as mood disorders are common. We propose a new multidisciplinary health service intervention program providing continuous support to women and their children from the star...

    Authors: Yoshiyuki Tachibana, Noriaki Koizumi, Chikako Akanuma, Hiromi Tarui, Eizaburo Ishii, Tomomi Hoshina, Ayuko Suzuki, Akiko Asano, Shiho Sekino and Hiroto Ito

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:58

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    The Parent Infant Feeding Initiative (PIFI) was a factorial, randomised controlled trial that aimed to prolong exclusive breastfeeding by targeting expecting fathers. One of the intervention strategies evaluat...

    Authors: Lesley Kuliukas, Yvonne L. Hauck, Anita Jorgensen, Kelly Kneebone, Sharyn K. Burns, Bruce R. Maycock and Jane A. Scott

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:48

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    The concern of all maternal health stakeholders is to improve maternal health and reduce maternal deaths to the barest minimum. This remains elusive in low and middle-income countries as the majority of factor...

    Authors: Lily Yarney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:47

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  17. Content type: Research article

    U.S. mortality rate of term infants is higher than most other developed countries. Term infant mortality is associated with exogenous socio-environmental factors. Previous research links low socioeconomic stat...

    Authors: Yousra A. Mohamoud, Russell S. Kirby and Deborah B. Ehrenthal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:40

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Smart wristbands enable the continuous monitoring of health parameters, for example, in maternity care. Understanding the feasibility and acceptability of these devices in an authentic context is essential. Th...

    Authors: Kirsi Grym, Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén, Eeva Ekholm, Lotta Hamari, Iman Azimi, Amir Rahmani, Pasi Liljeberg, Eliisa Löyttyniemi and Anna Axelin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:34

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Midwives are the main providers of routine antenatal care services including the routine ultrasound examination in Norway. The ultrasound examination can be perceived by expectant parents not only as a medical...

    Authors: Annika Åhman, Kristina Edvardsson, Tove Anita Fagerli, Elisabeth Darj, Sophia Holmlund, Rhonda Small and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:33

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can be used to accurately detect fetal chromosomal anomalies early in pregnancy by assessing cell-free fetal DNA present in maternal blood. The rapid diffusion of NIPT, as ...

    Authors: Alexandra Cernat, Chante De Freitas, Umair Majid, Forum Trivedi, Caroline Higgins and Meredith Vanstone

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:27

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Maternal depression and anxiety have distinct constellations of symptom trajectories, which are associated with factors that may vary between different groups of women. The aim of this study was to identify su...

    Authors: Asma Ahmed, Angela Bowen, Cindy Xin Feng and Nazeem Muhajarine

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:26

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    Canadian policies regarding the implementation and public coverage of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) are heterogeneous and shifting, with NIPT being publicly covered for high-risk pregnancies in some pro...

    Authors: Stanislav Birko, Vardit Ravitsky, Charles Dupras, Jessica Le Clerc-Blain, Marie-Eve Lemoine, Aliya O. Affdal, Hazar Haidar and Anne-Marie Laberge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:22

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers are at increased risk of psychosocial stress, anxiety and depression. As well as affecting birth outcomes and child development, poor maternal emotional wellbeing c...

    Authors: Jenny McLeish and Maggie Redshaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:21

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  24. Content type: Research article

    This qualitative study aimed to investigate the health seeking behaviour of rural women in northern Tajikistan, with specific focus on antenatal and obstetric complications as a result of delayed access to hea...

    Authors: Jamila Nabieva and Aurélia Souares

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:7

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Migrant women’s overall increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes is well known. The aim of this study was to investigate possible associations between stillbirth and maternal country of birth and other mig...

    Authors: Eline S. Vik, Vigdis Aasheim, Erica Schytt, Rhonda Small, Dag Moster and Roy M. Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:5

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    The postpartum period is an important period for preventive strategies as common maternal and child health risks may become manifest. Women with a lower socioeconomic status tend to have lower maternal empower...

    Authors: J. Lagendijk, J. V. Been, H. E. Ernst-Smelt, G. J. Bonsel, L. C. M. Bertens and E. A. P. Steegers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:4

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Use of ultrasound scans early in pregnancy is increasing, but we have limited knowledge about the actual prevalence, associated decision-making and impact on expectant women/couples in a general population. Th...

    Authors: Kristine Flo Halle, Maria Fjose, Hildur Kristjansdottir, Amalia Bjornsdottir, Linn Getz, Margret Olafia Tomasdottir and Johann Agust Sigurdsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:512

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that collaboratively delivered maternity care can positively impact health outcomes. However, women’s perspectives on models of care involving interprofessional collaboration between midwives...

    Authors: Maria Raisa Jessica V. Aquino, Ellinor K. Olander and Rosamund M. Bryar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:505

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Despite advocating for male involvement in antenatal education, there is unmet need for antenatal education information for expectant couples. The objective of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of ...

    Authors: Maria Chifuniro Chikalipo, Ellen Mbweza Chirwa and Adamson Sinjani Muula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:497

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  30. Content type: Research article

    One of the essential components of antenatal care (ANC) is birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR). Strengthening BP/CR measures is one of the principal strategies to reduce maternal mortality an...

    Authors: Amanual Getnet Mersha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:493

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Cleansing the umbilical cord with chlorhexidine reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality, particularly in communities where newborn deaths and home births are common. As a result, the World Health Organization...

    Authors: David Mukunya, Marte E. S. Haaland, James K. Tumwine, Grace Ndeezi, Olive Namugga, Josephine Tumuhamye, Halvor Sommerfelt, Joseph Rujumba, Thorkild Tylleskar, Karen Marie Moland and Victoria Nankabirwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:476

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease (CHD) is becoming widely available but there is a lack of understanding on such expectant mothers’ experiences during pregnancy. This was the first study to...

    Authors: Yu-Mi Im, Tae-Jin Yun, Il-Young Yoo, Sanghee Kim, Juhye Jin and Sue Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:467

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions for obese pregnant women have been widely researched but little is known about predictors of low adherence or poor outcomes. This study evaluated the prospective associations between el...

    Authors: Emma Molyneaux, Shahina Begum, Annette L. Briley, Paul T. Seed, Louise M. Howard and Lucilla Poston

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:378

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Cohort studies have public health importance as they effectively provide evidence on determinants of health from a life course perspective. Researchers often confront the poor follow-up rates as a major challe...

    Authors: Giridhara R Babu, Maithili Karthik, Deepa Ravi, Yamuna Ana, Prafulla Shriyan, Kiran Kumar Hasige, Keerti Deshpande, Lokesh Bangalore Siddlingaiah, Sanjay Kinra and Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:369

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania has ratified and abides to legal treaties indicating the obligation of the state to provide essential maternal health care as a basic human right. Nevertheless, the quality of maternal health care is ...

    Authors: Thomas Wiswa John, Dickson Ally Mkoka, Gasto Frumence and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:352

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) are the most common medical disorders in pregnancy and the greatest single cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Ethnicity appears to be a significant risk factor for...

    Authors: Fatima Ouasmani, Bernice Engeltjes, Bouchra Haddou Rahou, Ouafae Belayachi and Corine Verhoeven

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:344

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The perinatal period precipitates significant intra- and inter- personal changes. How heterosexual couples understand and account for such changes, however, has received relatively little attention.

    Authors: Damien W. Riggs, Anna Worth and Clare Bartholomaeus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:342

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  38. Content type: Research article

    A considerable amount of qualitative evidence reporting abusive treatment of women during delivery by health providers is available. However, there is a dearth of information regarding the actual prevalence an...

    Authors: Shreeporna Bhattacharya and T. K. Sundari Ravindran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:338

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Recruitment of pregnant women to population health research can be challenging, especially if the research topic is sensitive. While many pregnant women may be inherently interested in research about pregnancy...

    Authors: Evelyne Muggli, Helen Curd, Cate Nagle, Della Forster and Jane Halliday

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:334

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The Midwife-led maternity services have been implemented in China in response to the high rates of primiparous women and Caesarean Sections (CS) which may be related to China’s one-child policy. However, few s...

    Authors: Jing Hua, Liping Zhu, Li Du, Yu Li, Zhuochun Wu, Da Wo and Wenchong Du

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:329

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing number of women with disability globally becoming pregnant, there is currently limited research about their experiences. A national survey of women’s experience of dignity and respect du...

    Authors: Jenny Hall, Vanora Hundley, Bethan Collins and Jillian Ireland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:328

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) was a case-control study of women who had a stillbirth or who had an ongoing pregnancy. During the set up phase questions were raised about whether i...

    Authors: Jayne Budd, Tomasina Stacey, Bill Martin, Devender Roberts and Alexander E. P. Heazell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:317

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Research shows that continuity of midwifery carer in pregnancy improves maternal and neonatal outcomes. This study examines whether midwifery group practice (MGP) care during pregnancy affects infant neurodeve...

    Authors: Gabrielle Simcock, Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske, David P. Laplante, Guillaume Elgbeili and Suzanne King

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:309

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been associated with lower risk of stillbirth. We hypothesized that such an association would differ by rac...

    Authors: Meghan Angley, Vanessa R. Thorsten, Carolyn Drews-Botsch, Donald J. Dudley, Robert L. Goldenberg, Robert M. Silver, Barbara J. Stoll, Halit Pinar and Carol J. R. Hogue

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:306

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  45. Content type: Research article

    There is a very large population of internal migrants in China, and the majority of migrant women are of childbearing age. Little is known about their utilization of prenatal care and factors that influence th...

    Authors: Zhanhong Zong, Jianyuan Huang, Xiaoming Sun, Jingshu Mao, Xingyu Shu and Norman Hearst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:301

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  46. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to establish consensus on the expression and distinction of disordered eating in pregnancy to improve awareness across various health professions and inform the development of a pregnancy-spec...

    Authors: Amy Jean Bannatyne, Roger Hughes, Peta Stapleton, Bruce Watt and Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:262

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Access to skilled health services during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period for obstetric care is one of the strongest determinants of maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes. In many countries, hus...

    Authors: Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Janet Perkins, Sajia Islam, Abu Bakkar Siddique, Md Moinuddin, Mohammed Rashidul Anwar, Tapas Mazumder, Adnan Ansar, Mohammad Masudur Rahman, Shahreen Raihana, Cecilia Capello, Carlo Santarelli, Shams El Arifeen and Dewan Md Emdadul Hoque

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:247

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  48. Content type: Research article

    While there has been a steady decline in adolescent pregnancies worldwide and in Australia over the last three decades, Australian rates still rank third highest among developed countries. Adolescent pregnanci...

    Authors: S. Connor, K. Edvardsson and E. Spelten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:245

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