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  1. Content type: Research article

    Recent evidence suggests early screening of preeclampsia and small-for-gestational-age (SGA) would benefit pregnancies followed by subsequent prophylactic use of aspirin. Multi-marker models have shown capabil...

    Authors: Jing Zhang, Luhao Han, Wei Li, Qiaobin Chen, Jie Lei, Min Long, Weibin Yang, Wenya Li, Lizhen Zeng and Sifan Zeng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:304

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Client satisfaction is an essential component of quality of care. Health system factors, processes of care as well as mothers’ characteristics influence the extent to which care meets the expectations of mothe...

    Authors: Sibone Mocumbi, Ulf Högberg, Erik Lampa, Charfudin Sacoor, Anifa Valá, Anna Bergström, Peter von Dadelszen, Khátia Munguambe, Claudia Hanson and Esperança Sevene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:303

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  3. Content type: Research article

    To assess whether the peri-conceptional or pregnancy exposure of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination would increase the risk of spontaneous abortion.

    Authors: Jing Tan, Yi-quan Xiong, Qiao He, Yan-mei Liu, Wen Wang, Meng Chen, Kang Zou, Xing-hui Liu and Xin Sun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:302

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a big health problem that adversely affects both the maternal and perinatal outcomes. We aimed to predict the development of GDM in the first trimester using high sensiti...

    Authors: Warda Naser, Ishag Adam, Duria A. Rayis, Mohammed A. Ahmed and Hamdan Z. Hamdan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:301

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Though the rate of episiotomy has decreased in France, the overall episiotomy rate was 20% in the 2016 national perinatal survey. We aimed to develop a classification to facilitate the analysis of episiotomy p...

    Authors: Thomas Desplanches, Emilie Szczepanski, Jonathan Cottenet, Denis Semama, Catherine Quantin and Paul Sagot

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:300

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal clinical guidelines recommend that during initial and subsequent antenatal visits all pregnant women: have their alcohol consumption assessed; be advised that it is safest not to consume alcohol duri...

    Authors: Emma Doherty, John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden, Amy E. Anderson, Kristy Crooks, Tracey W. Tsang, Elizabeth J. Elliott, Adrian J. Dunlop, John Attia, Julia Dray, Belinda Tully, Nicole Bennett, Henry Murray, Carol Azzopardi and Melanie Kingsland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:299

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  7. Content type: Research article

    This paper provides insights into design and implementation of a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) pilot programme under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme on Maternal and Child Health (SURE-P MC...

    Authors: Chioma Oduenyi, Victor Ordu and Ugo Okoli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:298

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Screening for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) is clinically important for identifying women at high risk, and planning early preventative interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes. Several studies ...

    Authors: Dalau Mukadi Nkamba, John Ditekemena, Gilbert Wembodinga, Pierre Bernard, Antoinette Tshefu and Annie Robert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:297

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Physiological changes during pregnancy, foetal growth and development increase the requirement for Iron and Folic Acid. The increased demand of these nutrients is not meet through diet alone due to decreased b...

    Authors: Habtamu Assefa, Solomon Mekonnen Abebe and Mekonnen Sisay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:296

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) and dietary intake are important modifiable factors associated with health outcomes. However, Chinese pregnant women’s PA and dietary intake are only vaguely understood. The aim of this ...

    Authors: Mi Xiang, Jing Zhang, Huigang Liang, Zhiruo Zhang, Masayuki Konishi, Huanhuan Hu, Mio Nishimaki, Hyeon-Ki Kim, Hiroki Tabata, Hisao Shimizu, Takashi Arao and Shizuo Sakamoto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:295

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    The risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during pregnancy and puerperal periods is significantly higher than during the non-pregnant period and is one of the major causes of maternal mortality. Developed count...

    Authors: Yi Chen, Yan Dai, Jing Song, Ling Wei, Ying Ma, Ning Tian, Qian Wang, Qian Zhang, Yue Zhang, Xiao Lan Wang, Jun Zhang and Rong Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:294

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Increasing the utilization of facility-based care for women and newborns in low-resource settings can reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Men influence whether women and newborns receive care ...

    Authors: Jesse A. Greenspan, Joy J. Chebet, Rose Mpembeni, Idda Mosha, Maurus Mpunga, Peter J. Winch, Japhet Killewo, Abdullah H. Baqui and Shannon A. McMahon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:293

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Spontaneous pregnancy loss and implantation failure after assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are very common occurrences. Although 50–60% of all cases remains unexplained, various predisposing factors, i...

    Authors: Michela Villani, Domenico Baldini, Pasquale Totaro, Giovanni Larciprete, Mirjana Kovac, Domenico Carone, Serena Maria Passamonti, Eleonora Tamborini Permunian, Tiziana Bartolotti, Andrea Lojacono, Rossella Cacciola, Giuliano Lo Pinto, Eugenio Bucherini, Valerio De Stefano, Corrado Lodigiani, Cristina Lavopa…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:292

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Low-income and minority children are at increased risk for obesity. Text messaging offers advantages for delivering education, but few studies have assessed the acceptability of text messaging in interventions...

    Authors: Cheryl L. K. Gibby, Cristina Palacios, Maribel Campos, Rafael E. Graulau and Jinan Banna

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:291

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  15. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to study gestational weight gain (GWG) in a Singaporean population and compare it with Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2009 GWG guidelines.

    Authors: Song He, John Carson Allen, Nurul Syaza Razali, Nyo Mie Win, Jun Jim Zhang, Mor Jack Ng, George Seow Heong Yeo, Bernard Su Min Chern and Kok Hian Tan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:290

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotics are standard treatment for asymptomatic and symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) in pregnancy. Their overuse, however, can contribute to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and expose the foetus ...

    Authors: Flavia Ghouri, Amelia Hollywood and Kath Ryan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:289

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Option B+ is a comprehensive antiretroviral treatment (ART) designed for HIV-infected pregnant/ postpartum women. However, barriers to implementing Option B+ and establishing long-term ART adherence while faci...

    Authors: Iris Wanga, Anna Helova, Lisa L. Abuogi, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Wafula Nalwa, Eliud Akama, Thomas A. Odeny, Janet M. Turan and Maricianah Onono

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:288

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  18. Content type: Research article

    To compare the prevalence of preterm birth, post term birth, intra-uterine growth restriction and distribution of Apgar scores in offspring of foreign-born women in Western Australia with that of their Austral...

    Authors: Ifrah Abdullahi, Kingsley Wong, Emma Glasson, Raewyn Mutch, Nicholas de Klerk, Jenny Downs, Sarah Cherian and Helen Leonard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:287

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Oxytocin is a key hormone in childbirth, and synthetic oxytocin is widely administered to induce or speed labour. Due to lack of synthetized knowledge, we conducted a systematic review of maternal plasma level...

    Authors: Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Anette Ekström-Bergström, Marie Berg, Sarah Buckley, Zada Pajalic, Eleni Hadjigeorgiou, Alicja Kotłowska, Luise Lengler, Bogumila Kielbratowska, Fatima Leon-Larios, Claudia Meier Magistretti, Soo Downe, Bengt Lindström and Anna Dencker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:285

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Male partner antenatal clinic (ANC) attendance may improve maternal uptake of maternal child health (MCH) services.

    Authors: Beryne Odeny, Christine J. McGrath, Agnes Langat, Jillian Pintye, Benson Singa, John Kinuthia, Abraham Katana, Lucy Ng’ang’a and Grace John-Stewart

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:284

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Provision of family planning services during the immediate post-partum phase is considered effective and cost-efficient for promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. This research aims to test the e...

    Authors: Xaher Gul, Waqas Hameed, Sharmeen Hussain, Ishaque Sheikh and Junaid-ur-Rehman Siddiqui

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:283

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    Until recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) infections were considered mild and self-limiting. Since 2015, they have been associated with an increase in microcephaly and other birth defects in newborns. While this assoc...

    Authors: Jill F. Lebov, Juan F. Arias, Angel Balmaseda, William Britt, José F. Cordero, Luiz Augusto Galvão, Ana Lucía Garces, K. Michael Hambidge, Eva Harris, Albert Ko, Nancy Krebs, Ernesto T. A. Marques, Alexander M. Martinez, Elizabeth McClure, Democrito B. Miranda-Filho, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:282

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Fetal growth is dependent upon utero-placental vascular supply of oxygen and nutrients from the mother and has been proposed to be compromised by vigorous intensity exercise in the third trimester. The aim of ...

    Authors: Kassia S. Beetham, Courtney Giles, Michael Noetel, Vicki Clifton, Jacqueline C. Jones and Geraldine Naughton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:281

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of complementary medicine product (CMP) use by pregnant or breastfeeding Australian mothers is high, however, there is limited data on factors influencing women’s decision-making to use CMPs. Th...

    Authors: Larisa Ariadne Justine Barnes, Lesley Barclay, Kirsten McCaffery and Parisa Aslani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:280

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Some observational studies have shown improved birth outcomes for women of low socioeconomic position (SEP) receiving antenatal midwifery versus physician care. To understand for whom and under what circumstan...

    Authors: Daphne N. McRae, Nazeem Muhajarine and Patricia A. Janssen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:279

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  26. Content type: Research article

    After delivery, some women experience impairment of their mother-infant bonding (MIB), which can lead to long-term disturbances of the mother-child relationship and the child’s social-emotional development. Li...

    Authors: Franziska Lehnig, Michaela Nagl, Holger Stepan, Birgit Wagner and Anette Kersting

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:278

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  27. Content type: Research article

    While Primary Health Care has been designed to provide universal access to skilled pregnancy care for the prevention of maternal deaths in Nigeria, available evidence suggests that pregnant women in rural comm...

    Authors: Lorretta Favour C. Ntoimo, Friday E. Okonofua, Brian Igboin, Chioma Ekwo, Wilson Imongan and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:277

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Implementation of high-quality national audits for perinatal mortality are needed to improve the registration of all perinatal deaths and the identification of the causes of death. This study aims to evaluate ...

    Authors: Gaia Po’, Francesca Monari, Filippo Zanni, Giovanni Grandi, Camilla Lupi and Fabio Facchinetti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:276

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Different strategies have been designed for clinical implementation of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing. We aimed to evaluate the performance of a contingent strategy based on conventional screening and offering ...

    Authors: María Ángeles Sánchez-Durán, Andrea Bernabeu García, Inés Calero, Jordi Ramis Fossas, Tamara Illescas, María Teresa Avilés, Nerea Maiz and Elena Carreras

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:274

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common cause of maternal morbidity, and can lead to the development of diabetes later in life. Pre-pregnancy body weight is associated with the change in body mass inde...

    Authors: Jing Liu, Guang Song, Tao Meng, Ge Zhao and Songning Guo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:272

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  31. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the association between sociodemographic and obstetric variables and delays in care with maternal near misses (MNMs) and their health indicators.

    Authors: Telmo Henrique Barbosa de Lima, Melania Maria Amorim, Samir Buainain Kassar and Leila Katz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:271

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum depression (PPD) complicates maternal wellbeing, maternal-infant bonding, and cognitive function in children and woman’s relationship with her partner. Clinical observations suggest a higher risk of...

    Authors: Barke Mbarak, Charles Kilewo, Saidi Kuganda and Bruno F. Sunguya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:270

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Egypt has seen substantial decreases in maternal mortality and reached near universal coverage for antenatal care (ANC). The objective of this paper is to describe the changes over time (1991–2014) in the use ...

    Authors: Miguel Pugliese-Garcia, Emma Radovich, Nevine Hassanein, Oona M. R. Campbell, Karima Khalil and Lenka Benova

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:268

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Improved understanding of vegetable intake changes between pregnancy and postpartum may inform future intervention targets to establish healthy home food environments. Therefore, the goal of this study was to ...

    Authors: Alison Tovar, Jill L. Kaar, Karen McCurdy, Alison E. Field, Dana Dabelea and Maya Vadiveloo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:267

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia is a multisystem disorder characterized by vascular endothelial malfunction occurring after 20 weeks of gestation. Placental soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) is an antiangiogenic factor...

    Authors: Vivek Pant, Binod Kumar Yadav and Jyoti Sharma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:266

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  36. Content type: Research article

    To analyze blood loss after delivery in women with induction of labor compared to women with spontaneous onset of labor.

    Authors: Romana Brun, Emilian Spoerri, Leonhard Schäffer, Roland Zimmermann and Christian Haslinger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:265

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Maternal education is wide-ranging and covers many areas from pregnancy to the immediate postpartum period and childrearing. However, for it to be effective, more resources need to be assigned to key topics. T...

    Authors: Carmen Paz-Pascual, Isabel Artieta-Pinedo and Gonzalo Grandes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:264

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The oral glucose-tolerance test (OGTT) is currently the standard method for diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM). We conducted a post hoc analysis using the Australian Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Ou...

    Authors: Eddie X. Shen, Robert G. Moses, Jeremy J.N. Oats, Julia Lowe and H. David McIntyre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:263

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Gestational weight gain (GWG) has implications for perinatal outcomes, the guidelines for maternal weight gain, however, remain understudied among twin pregnancies. This study aimed to assess the associations ...

    Authors: Dongxin Lin, Dazhi Fan, Shuzhen Wu, Gengdong Chen, Pengsheng Li, Huiting Ma, Shaoxin Ye, Jiaming Rao, Huishan Zhang, Meng Zeng, Yan Liu, Xiaoling Guo and Zhengping Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:262

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The increased potential for negative pregnancy outcomes in both extremes of reproductive age is a well-debated argument. The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and the outcome of pregnancies conce...

    Authors: Ambrogio P. Londero, Emma Rossetti, Carla Pittini, Angelo Cagnacci and Lorenza Driul

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:261

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Despite the many maternal healthcare policy programmes in Ghana such as free the antenatal care (ANC) and the fee-exemption policy under the National Health Insurance Scheme, among others, the country has yet ...

    Authors: Joshua Sumankuuro, Memuna Yankasa Mahama, Judith Crockett, Shaoyu Wang and Jeanine Young

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:260

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  42. Content type: Case report

    Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy (AFLP) is a rare, catastrophic disease affecting women in the third trimester of pregnancy or in the post-partum period. It is usually a diagnosis of exclusion and requires a str...

    Authors: Enesia Ziki, Shingi Bopoto, M. G. Madziyire and D. Madziwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:259

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  43. Content type: Research article

    In many low and low-middle income countries, the incidence of polyhydramnios is unknown, in part because ultrasound technology is not routinely used. Our objective was to report the incidence of polyhydramnios...

    Authors: Melissa Bauserman, Robert Nathan, Adrien Lokangaka, Elizabeth M. McClure, Janet Moore, Daniel Ishoso, Antoinette Tshefu, Lester Figueroa, Ana Garces, Margo S. Harrison, Dennis Wallace, Sarah Saleem, Waseem Mirza, Nancy Krebs, Michael Hambidge, Waldemar Carlo…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:258

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  44. Content type: Research article

    There is some evidence that suggests misoprostol may supplement the action of oxytocin in preventing post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of the admini...

    Authors: Frederick Morfaw, Mercy Fundoh, Christopher Pisoh, Bi Ayaba, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Laura N. Anderson and Lehana Thabane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:257

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Perinatal depression, the most common pregnancy complication, is associated with negative maternal-offspring outcomes. Despite existence of effective treatments, it is under-recognized and under-treated. Profe...

    Authors: Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Linda Brenckle, Padma Sankaran, Grace A. Masters, Sharina Person, Linda Weinreb, Jean Y. Ko, Cheryl L. Robbins, Jeroan Allison and Nancy Byatt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:256

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  46. Content type: Research article

    During pregnancy and postnatally, women seek information from a variety of sources. The potential to incorporate educational pregnancy and parenting resources into conventional health services is underexplored...

    Authors: Nicola Crossland, Gill Thomson and Victoria Hall Moran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:253

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