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  1. Content type: Research article

    In clinical trials, pregnant women are potentially vulnerable, and the fetus is exposed to the intervention. This study aimed to identify the reasons that led pregnant women at a high risk of premature deliver...

    Authors: Thaís M. Monteiro, Leila Katz, Silvana F. Bento, Melania M. Amorim, Patrícia C. Moriel and Rodolfo C. Pacagnella

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:97

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    Fear of childbirth (FOC) can have a negative impact on a woman’s psychological wellbeing during pregnancy and her experience of birth. It has also been associated with adverse obstetric outcomes and postpartum...

    Authors: P. Slade, K. Balling, K. Sheen and G. Houghton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:96

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    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) is one of the most severe obstetrical complications. Although risk factors for OASI have been identified, little is known about various parameters that can influence symp...

    Authors: France Joris, Irene Hoesli, Andre Kind, Jean Jacques Ries and Tilemachos Kavvadias

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:94

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Health facility delivery has been described as one of the major contributors to improved maternal and child health outcomes. In sub-Saharan Africa where 66% of the global maternal mortality occurred, only 56% ...

    Authors: Sulaimon T. Adedokun and Olalekan A. Uthman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:93

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Women of advanced age (40 years or older) are generally, at risk for pregnancy and delivery related problems. In addition, there is limited knowledge on being of advanced age and having been given Assisted Rep...

    Authors: Gunilla Sydsjö, Malin Lindell Pettersson, Marie Bladh, Agneta Skoog Svanberg, Claudia Lampic and Elizabeth Nedstrand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:92

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal morbidity and one of the leading causes of maternal mortality worldwide. Many medical treatments and interventions are available nowadays, but surgical...

    Authors: Pierre-Emmanuel Bouet, Hugo Madar, Alizée Froeliger, Hady El Hachem, Elsa Schinkel, Aurélien Mattuizi and Loïc Sentilhes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:91

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  8. 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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  9. Content type: Case report

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is rare in pregnancy and is characterized by left ventricular dysfunction with apical ballooning. This transient cardiac dysfunction may affect women of childbearing age in the antepar...

    Authors: Felix Mwembi Oindi, Evan Sequeira, Herman Ryan Sequeira and Steve Kyende Mutiso

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:89

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  10. 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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  11. Content type: Research article

    Transient donor hydrops (TDH) is defined as donor hydrops developed within days after laser therapy for twin–twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) followed by resolution later. The purpose of this study was to eval...

    Authors: Yao-Lung Chang, An-Shine Chao, Shuenn-Dyh Chang, Wen-Fang Li and Po-Jen Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:87

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  12. 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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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Double-layer compared to single-layer closure of the uterus after a caesarean section (CS) leads to a thicker myometrial layer at the site of the CS scar, also called residual myometrium thickness (RMT). It po...

    Authors: S. I. Stegwee, I. P. M. Jordans, L. F. van der Voet, M. Y. Bongers, C. J. M. de Groot, C. B. Lambalk, R. A. de Leeuw, W. J. K. Hehenkamp, P. M. van de Ven, J. E. Bosmans, E. Pajkrt, E. A. Bakkum, C. M. Radder, M. Hemelaar, W. M. van Baal, H. Visser…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:85

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Rising caesarean section (CS) rates are a global health concern. Contemporary data indicates that almost 50% of CS are electively performed, with a high proportion of these being a repeat procedure. Vaginal bi...

    Authors: Sara Helen Denham, Tracy Humphrey, Claire deLabrusse and Nadine Dougall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:84

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Content type: Research article

    Maternal caffeine intake has repeatedly been linked to babies being born small for gestational age (SGA). SGA babies are known to be at increased risk for adverse neonatal outcomes. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Dominika Modzelewska, Rino Bellocco, Anders Elfvin, Anne Lise Brantsæter, Helle Margrete Meltzer, Bo Jacobsson and Verena Sengpiel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:80

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  19. 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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  20. Content type: Research article

    The Cord Pilot Trial compared two alternative policies for cord clamping at very preterm birth at eight UK maternity units: clamping after at least 2 min and immediate neonatal care (if needed) with cord intac...

    Authors: Lucy Bradshaw, Alexandra Sawyer, Lindsay Armstrong-Buisseret, Eleanor Mitchell, Susan Ayers and Lelia Duley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:78

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Although pregnancies conceived by assisted reproductive technology (ART) have a higher risk of maternal/perinatal complications, the overall risk of adverse outcomes necessitating advanced obstetric care has n...

    Authors: Chie Nagata, Limin Yang, Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, Hidetoshi Mezawa, Tadayuki Ayabe, Kazue Ishizuka, Mizuho Konishi, Yukihiro Ohya, Hirohisa Saito and Haruhiko Sago

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:77

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D insufficiency is common in pregnant women worldwide. Regular prenatal exercise is considered beneficial for maternal and fetal health. There is a knowledge gap regarding the impact of prenatal exerci...

    Authors: Miriam K. Gustafsson, Pål R. Romundstad, Signe Nilssen Stafne, Anne-Sofie Helvik, Astrid Kamilla Stunes, Siv Mørkved, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen, Per Medbøe Thorsby, Mats Peder Mosti and Unni Syversen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:76

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Homocysteine is an intermediate metabolite implicated in the risk of placenta-mediated complications, including preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction, and pregnancy loss. Large cohort and...

    Authors: Shazia H. Chaudhry, Monica Taljaard, Amanda J. MacFarlane, Laura M. Gaudet, Graeme N. Smith, Marc Rodger, Ruth Rennicks White, Mark C. Walker and Shi Wu Wen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:75

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Increasing the prevalence of optimal breastfeeding practices, including exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, could prevent an estimated 823,000 child deaths annually. Self-efficacy is an important determinant...

    Authors: Godfred O. Boateng, Stephanie L. Martin, Emily L. Tuthill, Shalean M. Collins, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Barnabas K. Natamba and Sera L. Young

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:73

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  25. Content type: Research article

    To better understand the impact of seasonal influenza in pregnant women we analyzed data collected during four seasons at a hospital for acute respiratory infection that specializes in treating pregnant women.

    Authors: Svetlana Trushakova, Lidiya Kisteneva, Beatriz Guglieri-López, Evgenia Mukasheva, Irina Kruzhkova, Ainara Mira-Iglesias, Kirill Krasnoslobodtsev, Ekaterina Morozova, Ludmila Kolobukhina, Joan Puig-Barberà and Elena Burtseva

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:72

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  26. 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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  27. Content type: Research article

    Hypoxia during labor contributes to 2.2 million intrapartum and early neonatal deaths each year. An additional 0.6–1.0 million cases of life-long disability occur because of fetal hypoxia during labor. It is k...

    Authors: David M. Goodman, Pendo Mlay, Nathan Thielman, Maria J. Small and John W. Schmitt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:71

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  28. 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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  29. Content type: Research article

    Timely breastfeeding initiation is a simple but important measure that has protective effects on infants and mothers. This study aims to determine the predictors of early breastfeeding initiation among mothers...

    Authors: James Rufus John, Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Getahun Kebede, Narendar Manohar and Amit Arora

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:69

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Accurate diagnosis of preterm labour is needed to ensure correct management of those most at risk of preterm birth and to prevent the maternal and fetal risks incurred by unnecessary interventions given to the...

    Authors: Helena A. Watson, Naomi Carlisle, Katy Kuhrt, Rachel M. Tribe, Jenny Carter, Paul Seed and Andrew H. Shennan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:68

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Although antenatal betamethasone is recommended worldwide for women at risk of preterm delivery, concerns persist regarding the long-term effects associated with this treatment. Indeed, adverse events, mainly ...

    Authors: Thomas Schmitz, Corinne Alberti, Moreno Ursino, Olivier Baud and Camille Aupiais

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:67

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  32. 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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  33. Content type: Research article

    Health behaviours during pregnancy and the early years of life have been proven to affect long term health, resulting in investment in interventions. However, interventions often have low levels of completion ...

    Authors: Aimee Grant, Melanie Morgan, Dawn Mannay and Dunla Gallagher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:56

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  34. 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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  35. Content type: Research article

    Bioethicists argue that inclusion of pregnant women in clinical research should be more routine to increase the evidence-base for pregnant women and foetuses. Yet, it is unknown whether pregnant women and othe...

    Authors: Indira S. E. van der Zande, Rieke van der Graaf, Martijn A. Oudijk, Elsbeth H. van Vliet-Lachotzki and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:65

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal care provides the best opportunity to promote maternal and child health services use. But many Ethiopian mothers deliver at home and fail to attend postnatal care. Therefore, this study was done to i...

    Authors: Gedefaw Abeje Fekadu, Fentie Ambaw and Seblewongiel Ayenalem Kidanie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:64

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Content type: Research article

    Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is associated with future cardio-metabolic risks for the mother and her child. In addition, one-third of women with recent GDM develop postpartum depression. Given these adv...

    Authors: Leah Gilbert, Justine Gross, Stefano Lanzi, Dan Yedu Quansah, Jardena Puder and Antje Horsch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:60

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. Content type: Research article

    Preterm birth is a major cause of prenatal and postnatal mortality particularly in developing countries. This study investigated the maternal risk factors associated with the risk of preterm birth.

    Authors: Maryam Soltani, Hamid Reza Tabatabaee, Shahin Saeidinejat, Marzieh Eslahi, Halime Yaghoobi, Ehsan Mazloumi, Abdolhalim Rajabi, Ali Ghasemi, Naeimeh Keyghobadi, Mostafa Enayatrad, Abed Noori, Seyyed Aliasghar Hashemi, Fatemeh Zolfizadeh, Sepideh Mahdavi, Tannaz Valadbeigi, Koorosh Etemad…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:57

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  44. Content type: Research article

    When cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing is used as a secondary screening tool following combined first-trimester screening (cFTS), cFTS is used to estimate the prior risk for chromosome abnormalities. This study ai...

    Authors: Annisa Mak, Helena Lee, C. F. Poon, S. L. Kwok, Teresa Ma, K. Y. K. Chan, Anita Kan, Mary Tang and K. Y. Leung

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:55

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  45. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose. (FCM) in comparison with intravenous Iron sucrose complex (ISC) for treatment of iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy.

    Authors: Ambily Jose, Reeta Mahey, Jai Bhagwan Sharma, Neerja Bhatla, Renu Saxena, Mani Kalaivani and Alka Kriplani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:54

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  46. 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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  47. Content type: Research article

    In regard to obstetrical analgesia management there are different results related to the use of epidural analgesia versus mechanical adverse outcomes at delivery.

    Authors: Ivan Penuela, Pilar Isasi-Nebreda, Hedylamar Almeida, Mario López, Esther Gomez-Sanchez and Eduardo Tamayo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:52

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Intensive lifestyle interventions in pregnancy have shown success in limiting gestational weight gain, but the effects on mood and quality of life in pregnancy and postpartum are less known. The purpose was to...

    Authors: Abby D. Altazan, Leanne M. Redman, Jeffrey H. Burton, Robbie A. Beyl, Loren E. Cain, Elizabeth F. Sutton and Corby K. Martin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:50

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  49. Content type: Research article

    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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