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Pregnancy and childbirth in low and middle income countries

Section edited by Jos van Roosmalen, and Ndola Prata

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth in the developing world.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Little is known of the burden of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonization among pregnant women in Jordan. We conducted a pilot study to determine the prevalence of GBS among pregnant women in Amman, Jordan, where...

    Authors: Kate Clouse, Asem Shehabi, Abel Mani Suleimat, Samir Faouri, Najwa Khuri-Bulos, Abeer Al Jammal, James Chappell, Kimberly B. Fortner, Anna B. Chamby, Tara M. Randis, Adam J. Ratner, David M. Aronoff and Natasha Halasa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:177

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    Gaps in postnatal care use represent missed opportunities to prevent maternal and neonatal death in sub-Saharan Africa. As one in every three non-facility deliveries in Nigeria is assisted by a traditional bir...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:150

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    Each year, about 20 million Low Birth Weight (LBW) babies are born with very high proportion (96.5%) occuring in developing countries. In the last decade, the incidence of LBW in Ghana has not declined. Brong ...

    Authors: Zakariah Adam, Donne Kofi Ameme, Priscillia Nortey, Edwin Andrew Afari and Ernest Kenu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:174

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) is the process of planning for normal birth and anticipating actions needed in case of emergency. Even though there is no adequate evidences on determinant...

    Authors: Miteku Andualem Limenih, Habitamu Gebrehana Belay and Habitamu Abie Tassew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:171

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Regular fetal heart rate monitoring during labor can drastically reduce fresh stillbirths and neonatal mortality through early detection and management of fetal distress. Fetal monitoring in low-resource setti...

    Authors: Sara Rivenes Lafontan, Hussein L. Kidanto, Hege L. Ersdal, Columba K. Mbekenga and Johanne Sundby

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:165

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  6. Content type: Research article

    To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal related to maternal and neonatal outcomes, the World Health Organization advocates for a first antenatal care (ANC) contact before 12 weeks of gestation. In order to...

    Authors: Thinley Dorji, Mrinalini Das, Rafael Van den Bergh, Myo Minn Oo, Sonam Gyamtsho, Karma Tenzin, Tashi Tshomo and Sonam Ugen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:158

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Child marriage is associated with adverse reproductive health outcomes, and the practice is still alarmingly common. Together with efforts to end child marriage, it is essential to provide adequate health care...

    Authors: Binita Maharjan, Poonam Rishal and Joar Svanemyr

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:152

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The use of post-partum family planning (PPFP) methods such as post-partum intrauterine device (PPIUD) in general remains low despite its benefits for the women. The reasons or factors affecting the uptake and ...

    Authors: Kusum Thapa, Rolina Dhital, Sameena Rajbhandari, Shreedhar Acharya, Sangeeta Mishra, Sunil Mani Pokhrel, Saroja Pande, Emily-Ann Tunnacliffe and Anita Makins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:148

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy increases the risk of recurrent bacteriuria and acute pyelonephritis which is associated with significant maternal and fetal risks. The prevalence of bacteriuria varies worldwide. Clinical diagnosis ...

    Authors: Charlotte Tchente Nguefack, Cecile Okalla Ebongue, Chrystelle Nouwe Chokotheu, Cedric Ebong Ewougo, Théophile Nana Njamen and Emile Mboudou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:143

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  10. Content type: Research article

    There is evidence that supervised delivery has the potential to improve birth outcomes for both women and newborns. However, not all women especially in low-income settings like Ghana use supervised delivery s...

    Authors: John Kuumuori Ganle, Mathew Loyarl Kombet and Leonard Baatiema

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:141

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  11. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing recognition that quality of care must improve in facility-based deliveries to achieve further global reductions in maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Better measurement of care qu...

    Authors: Vandana Tripathi, Cynthia Stanton, Donna Strobino and Linda Bartlett

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:133

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Cesarean section (CS) is an important intervention in complicated births when the safety of the mother or baby is compromised. Despite worldwide concerns about the overutilization of CS in recent years, many A...

    Authors: Emily B. Atuheire, Denis Nixon Opio, Daniel Kadobera, Alex R. Ario, Joseph K. B. Matovu, Julie Harris, Lilian Bulage, Blandina Nakiganda, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Bao-Ping Zhu and Frank Kaharuza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:132

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Previous research has shown that developing countries account for the majority of maternal deaths around the world. Relatively high maternal mortality in developing countries has been linked to high HIV preval...

    Authors: Choolwe Muzyamba, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova and Sonila M. Tomini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:127

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Unintended pregnancies are associated with negative consequences to both mother and baby. Female Sex Workers (FSWs) are at high risk of unintended/unplanned pregnancies. However, prevalence of pregnancy planni...

    Authors: Justine Nnakate Bukenya, Rhoda K. Wanyenze, Geraldine Barrett, Jennifer Hall, Fredrick Makumbi and David Guwatudde

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:121

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is an underlying cause of maternal deaths, and reducing risk through routine iron supplementation is a key component of antenatal care (ANC) programs in most low- and mi...

    Authors: Mufaro Kanyangarara, Joanne Katz, Melinda K. Munos, Subarna K. Khatry, Luke C. Mullany and Neff Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:113

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Maternal body mass index is linked to short- and long-term unfavorable health outcomes both for child and mother. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based cohort studies to evalua...

    Authors: Lei Liu, Yanan Ma, Ningning Wang, Wenjing Lin, Yang Liu and Deliang Wen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:105

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Puerperal sepsis is an infection of the genital tract, which occurs from rupture of amniotic sacs and within 42ndday after delivery. It happens mainly after discharge in the 1st 24 h of parturition. It is the thi...

    Authors: Getu Alemu Demisse, Samuel Dessau Sifer, Buseraseman Kedir, Daniel Belema Fekene and Gizachew Abdissa Bulto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:95

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Globally, 2.6 million stillbirths occur every year. Of these, 98% occur in developing countries. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, the neonatal mortality rate in Zambia in 2014 was 2.4%. In 2016...

    Authors: Yasuhiro Miyoshi, Keiichi Matsubara, Norimi Takata and Yasunori Oka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:90

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal mortality is a devastating pregnancy outcome affecting millions of families in many low and middle-income countries including Nepal. This paper examined the more distant factors associated with perin...

    Authors: Pramesh Raj Ghimire, Kingsley E. Agho, Andre M. N. Renzaho, Monjura K. Nisha, Michael Dibley and Camille Raynes-Greenow

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:88

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal deaths account for 7% of the global burden of disease, with developing countries contributing about 98% of deaths. The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence and factors contributing to adv...

    Authors: Blessmore Vimbai Chaibva, Steve Olorunju, Simon Nyadundu and Andy Beke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:86

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The first one month of life; the neonatal period is the most risky time for child survival. In Ethiopia, neonatal mortality is unacceptably high, and the trend in reduction is slower as compared to infant and ...

    Authors: Tujare Tunta Orsido, Netsanet Abera Asseffa and Tezera Moshago Berheto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:83

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Adherence to Option B plus Antiretroviral Therapy plays a vital role in preventing mother to child transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and development of drug resistance. This study was aimed to asses...

    Authors: Dawit Jember Tesfaye, Desalegn Tsegaw Hibistu, Teshome Abuka Abebo, Feleke Tafesse Asfaw, Kaleegziabher Lukas, Tariku Laelago, Ermias Abera Turuse, Henok Gebreyohaness Kebede, Abraham Abate Altaye and Fanuel Belayneh Bekele

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:82

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    Each year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, a global burden borne disproportionately by families in lower-income countries. Maternal HIV infection increases a woman’s risk of delivering prematu...

    Authors: Joan T. Price, Bellington Vwalika, Bethany L. Freeman, Stephen R. Cole, Helen B. Mulenga, Jennifer Winston, Felistas M. Mbewe, Elwyn Chomba, Lynne M. Mofenson, Dwight J. Rouse, Robert L. Goldenberg and Jeffrey S. A. Stringer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:81

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Applicability of the World Health Organization (WHO) maternal near miss criteria in low-income settings is not systematically addressed in the literature. The objective of this review was to determine the appl...

    Authors: Abera Kenay Tura, To Lam Trang, Thomas van den Akker, Jos van Roosmalen, Sicco Scherjon, Joost Zwart and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:79

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Experiences and perceptions of poor quality of care is a powerful determinant of utilisation of maternity services. With many reports of disrespect and abuse in healthcare facilities in low-resource settings, ...

    Authors: Yasmin Jolly, Mamuda Aminu, Florence Mgawadere and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:42

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal care (ANC) is a means to identify high-risk pregnancies and educate women so that they might experience a healthier delivery and outcome. There is a lack of evidence about whether receipt of ANC is a...

    Authors: Claire R. McNellan, Emily Dansereau, Marielle C. G. Wallace, Danny V. Colombara, Erin B. Palmisano, Casey K. Johanns, Alexandra Schaefer, Diego Ríos-Zertuche, Paola Zúñiga-Brenes, Bernardo Hernandez, Emma Iriarte and Ali H. Mokdad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:66

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Nigeria still ranks second globally in the number of maternal deaths. Most maternal death reviews in Nigeria are isolated research based reports from a single health facility. This study determined causes and ...

    Authors: Rabiatu Sageer, Eugene Kongnyuy, Wasiu Olalekan Adebimpe, Omolaso Omosehin, Elijah Ayowole Ogunsola and Bola Sanni

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:63

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Studies have revealed associations between preceding short and long birth-to-birth or birth-to-pregnancy intervals and poor pregnancy outcomes. Most of these studies, however, have examined the effect of inter...

    Authors: Bareng A. S. Nonyane, Maureen Norton, Nazma Begum, Rasheduzzaman M. Shah, Dipak K. Mitra, Gary L. Darmstadt and Abdullah H. Baqui

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:62

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent pregnancy remains a major challenge in both developed and developing countries. Early and unintended pregnancies among adolescents are associated with several adverse health, educational, social and...

    Authors: Yohannes Dibaba Wado, Elizabeth A. Sully and Joyce N. Mumah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:59

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Depression is a common psychiatric disorder that is highly prevalent among people living with HIV (PLWH). Depression is linked to poor adherence to anti-retroviral medication while in the peri-natal period may...

    Authors: Eugenia Nyamukoho, Walter Mangezi, Bazondlile Marimbe, Ruth Verhey and Dixon Chibanda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:53

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Advances in science and technology coupled with globalization are changing access to and utilization of reproductive health services. This includes the transnational phenomenon of families who use surrogate mo...

    Authors: Gloria Torres, Anne Shapiro and Tim K. Mackey

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:46

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The role of men’s participation in prenatal, delivery and postpartum care is very important, well defined and cannot be over emphasized. Very few studies exist about men’s role in promoting the health of the m...

    Authors: Vahideh Firouzan, Mahnaz Noroozi, Ziba Farajzadegan and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:45

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Inadequately treated, preeclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E) may rapidly lead to severe complications in both mothers and neonates, and are estimated to cause 60,000 global maternal deaths annually. Simulation-base...

    Authors: Julia H. Raney, Melissa C. Morgan, Amelia Christmas, Mona Sterling, Hilary Spindler, Rakesh Ghosh, Aboli Gore, Tanmay Mahapatra and Dilys M. Walker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:41

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Eliminating disrespect and abuse in health care facilities during childbirth could be a contributory factor in improving pregnancy outcomes and avoiding preventable illnesses and deaths. This study aims to pro...

    Authors: Macellina Y. Ijadunola, Ezeomu Audrina Olotu, Olaitan O. Oyedun, Stanley O. Eferakeya, Faith I. Ilesanmi, Ayotomiwa T. Fagbemi and Omowunmi C. Fasae

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:39

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Quality intrapartum and newborn care is considered to be poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, studies done in Ethiopia are limited. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the magnitude and factors assoc...

    Authors: Girmatsion Fisseha, Yemane Berhane and Alemayehu Worku

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:37

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Birth defects (BD) are considered a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Personal, cultural, and health care system barriers may increase the incidence of BD in low and middle income countries. ...

    Authors: Janithra De Silva, Sujeewa Amarasena, Kapila Jayaratne and Bilesha Perera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:35

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Nigeria suffers from the highest burden of mother-to-child transmission worldwide. To increase retention in care and prevention programmes, we piloted and evaluated a conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme ...

    Authors: Jenny X. Liu, Jennifer Shen, Nicholas Wilson, Svetha Janumpalli, Patrick Stadler and Nancy Padian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:32

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Ethiopia has recorded substantial progress in maternal health recently. However, poor utilization of maternal health care services is challenging further improvement. Although male partners are decision-makers...

    Authors: Bedru Hussen Mohammed, Janice Mary Johnston, Dana Vackova, Semira Mehammed Hassen and Huso Yi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:28

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent motherhood has been repeatedly linked to poor child outcomes in high income countries and urban areas in low- and middle-income countries. We examine the structural, personal, and caretaking challen...

    Authors: Karl le Roux, Joan Christodoulou, Linnea Stansert-Katzen, Elaine Dippenaar, Christina Laurenzi, Ingrid M. le Roux, Mark Tomlinson and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:24

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  40. Content type: Research article

    This study reviews the attitudes and behaviours in rural Nepalese society towards women with disabilities, their pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Society often perceives people with disabilities as differ...

    Authors: Hridaya R. Devkota, Maria Kett and Nora Groce

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:20

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    WHO recommends that HIV infected women receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) minimally during pregnancy and breastfeeding (“Option B”), or ideally throughout their lives regardless of clinical stage (“Option B+...

    Authors: Aybuke Koyuncu, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Sandra Irene McCoy, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Raluca Buzdugan, Constancia Watadzaushe, Jeffrey Dirawo, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva, Frances Cowan and Nancy Padian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:15

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Multiple interrelated pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, and variants in susceptibility genes may play a role among Filipinos, an ethnically distinct group with high prevalence of the dis...

    Authors: Melissa D. Amosco, Gloria R. Tavera, Van Anthony M. Villar, Justin Michael A. Naniong, Lara Marie G. David-Bustamante, Scott M. Williams, Pedro A. Jose and Cynthia P. Palmes-Saloma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:11

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Poor maternal health delivery in developing countries results in more than half a million maternal deaths during pregnancy, childbirth or within a few weeks of delivery. This is partly due to unavailability an...

    Authors: Gladys Buruwaa Nuamah, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Kofi Akohene Mensah, Daniel Boateng, Dan Yedu Quansah, Dominic Dobin and Kwasi Addai-Donkor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:6

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  44. Content type: Case report

    Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage is a rare complication of preeclampsia during pregnancy associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Compared with the non-pregnant women stroke rates are relatively ra...

    Authors: Paul Nkemtendong Tolefac, Nkemnji Standley Awungafac and Jacqueline Ze Minkande

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:506

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality remains a topical issue in Nigeria. Dearth of data on vital events posed a huge challenge to policy formulation and design of interventions to address the scourge. This study estimated the l...

    Authors: Usman Gulumbe, Olatunji Alabi, Olusola A. Omisakin and Semeeh Omoleke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:503

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Congenital anomalies are a worldwide problem, causing perinatal and infant deaths and postnatal physical disabilities. This study aimed to determine the pattern and associated factors of the congenital anomali...

    Authors: Sozan K. Ameen, Shahla Kareem Alalaf and Nazar P. Shabila

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:501

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  47. Content type: Research article

    An observational study was conducted to examine the role of maternal anthropometry, including mid-arm muscle area (MAMA) and others, as risk factors for low birth weight (LBW), small for gestational age (SGA) ...

    Authors: Paul Petraro, Isabel Madzorera, Christopher P. Duggan, Donna Spiegelman, Karim Manji, Rodrick Kisenge, Roland Kupka and Wafaie W. Fawzi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:500

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