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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: highlights of 2017

2017 was another successful year at our journal, with papers published covering a range of pregnancy topics from vaccines and weight management during pregnancy to choice of birth place and attendant, as well as important collections and supplements. Here is a selection of papers worth revisiting from BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

We are recruiting new Editorial Board members

We are now recruiting Associate Editors for our Editorial Board to join our team of academic editors in assessing manuscripts in the field of pregnancy and childbirth.


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Aims and scope

BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. The journal welcomes submissions on the biomedical aspects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, labor, maternal health, maternity care, trends and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth.


Tovah Honor Aronin, BioMed Central, USA

Section Editors

Howard Berger, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto​​, Canada

Asma Khalil, St George's University of London, UK

Vishnu Khanal, Nepal Development Society, Nepal

Ndola Prata, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Valerie Smith, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

​​​​​​​Hora SoltaniSheffield Hallam University, UK

Jos van Roosmalen, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands

Hora Soltani, Section Editor

Professor Hora Soltani holds the Chair of Maternal and Infant Health in Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Co-Section editor for BMC-Pregnancy & Childbirth, Co-Chair of the International Confederation of Midwives -Research Standing Committee (ICM-RSC) with a history of working as an advisor for the World Health Organization on several guideline developments, and as a member of Human Reproduction Programme Alliance for Research capacity Strengthening and Steering Committee. Through her 20 year research experience, she has led interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with a wide range of disciplines from "Design and Technology,  Psychology and Nutrition Sciences" whilst retaining a thematic integrity with the core aim of enhancing care standards and reducing health inequalities for mothers and their babies. Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, her main areas of research include postpartum haemorrhage, weight and physical activity during pregnancy and maternity care models particularly for vulnerable groups of women (e.g. those with obesity, of young age or from ethnic minorities).

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