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  1. 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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    An increased risk of adverse conditions related to in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies has been repeatedly reported. Our study aimed to summarize outcome differences between pregnancies after IVF and afte...

    Authors: Kaja Rahu, Kärt Allvee, Helle Karro and Mati Rahu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:51

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  3. 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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  4. Content type: Research article

    Depressive symptoms negatively impact on breastfeeding duration, whereas early breastfeeding initiation after birth enhances the chances for a longer breastfeeding period. Our aim was to investigate the interp...

    Authors: Karin Cato, Sara M. Sylvén, Marios K. Georgakis, Natasa Kollia, Christine Rubertsson and Alkistis Skalkidou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:49

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  5. 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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Content type: Research article

    Benefits of breastfeeding on the health of children, mothers and society are well known. However, breastfeeding rates vary according to the population examined. Chinese-born women migrated to high-income count...

    Authors: Juana María Aguilar-Ortega, Juan Luis González-Pascual, César Cardenete-Reyes, Carmen Pérez-de-Algaba-Cuenca, Santiago Pérez-García and Laura Esteban-Gonzalo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:44

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The ability to adopt and implement health promotion behaviors is one of the most important determinants of health status. Various factors affect the successful changing of behaviors and choosing a healthy life...

    Authors: Azita Fathnezhad-Kazemi and Sepideh Hajian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:43

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Content type: Research article

    Oxytocin for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) prophylaxis is commonly administered by either intramuscular (IM) injection or intravenous (IV) infusion with both routes recommended equally and little discussion of p...

    Authors: Dyanna Charles, Holly Anger, Rasha Dabash, Emad Darwish, Mohamed Cherine Ramadan, Amr Mansy, Yomna Salem, Ilana G. Dzuba, Meagan E. Byrne, Miral Breebaart and Beverly Winikoff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:38

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  15. 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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  16. Content type: Research article

    Afghanistan faces a high burden of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, including pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E), are among the most common causes of maternal...

    Authors: Nasratullah Ansari, Partamin Manalai, Farzana Maruf, Sheena Currie, Jelle Stekelenburg, Jos van Roosmalen, Young-Mi Kim and Hannah Tappis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:36

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  17. 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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  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

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    Fetal growth restriction is, despite advances in neonatal care and uptake of antenatal ultrasound scanning, still a major cause of perinatal morbidity. Neonates with birth weight > 10th percentile are assumed ...

    Authors: M. L. E. Hendrix, S. M. J. van Kuijk, A. W. D. Gavilanes, D. Kramer, M. E. A. Spaanderman and S. Al Nasiry

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:31

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Severe obstetric hemorrhage caused by placenta accreta results in significant maternal morbidity and mortality. As a new technology, abdominal aortic balloon occlusion (AABO) is becoming an important treatment...

    Authors: Li Chen, Xiaodan Wang, Hengyu Wang, Qin Li, Nan Shan and Hongbo Qi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:30

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The phenomenon of being ‘with woman’ is fundamental to midwifery as it underpins its philosophy, relationships and practices. There is an identified gap in knowledge around the ‘with woman’ phenomenon from the...

    Authors: Zoe Bradfield, Yvonne Hauck, Michelle Kelly and Ravani Duggan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:29

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Content type: Research article

    Research and different organizations have proposed indicators to monitor the quality of maternal and child healthcare, such indicators are used for different purposes.

    Authors: Pedro J. Saturno-Hernández, Ismael Martínez-Nicolás, Estephania Moreno-Zegbe, María Fernández-Elorriaga and Ofelia Poblano-Verástegui

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:25

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  28. 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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  29. Content type: Research article

    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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Content type: Research article

    Group visits for chronic medical conditions in non-pregnant populations have demonstrated successful outcomes including greater weight loss compared to individual visits for weight management. It is plausible ...

    Authors: Michelle A. Kominiarek, Adam K. Lewkowitz, Ebony Carter, Susan A. Fowler and Melissa Simon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:18

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal corticosteroid treatment is globally recommended for women at risk of giving birth before 34 weeks of gestation. In Japan, data on the rate of completing recommended antenatal corticosteroid treatmen...

    Authors: Daisuke Shigemi and Hideo Yasunaga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:17

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Severe maternal morbidity – life-threatening childbirth complications – has more than doubled in the United States over the past 15 years, affecting more than 50,000 women (1.4% of deliveries) annually. During...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Leonard, Elliott K. Main and Suzan L. Carmichael

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:16

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  35. 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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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Among the various methods available, the administration of prostaglandins is the most effective for inducing labour in women with an unfavourable cervix. Recent studies have compared treatment with various tit...

    Authors: O. Lapuente-Ocamica, L. Ugarte, A. Lopez-Picado, F. Sanchez-Refoyo, Iñaki Lete Lasa, O. Echevarria, J. Álvarez-Sala, A. Fariñas, I. Bilbao, L. Barbero, J. Vicarregui, R. Hernanz Chaves, D. Paz Corral and J. A. Lopez-Lopez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:14

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  37. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported the following errors:

    Authors: Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Alberta Amu, David Etsey Akpakli, John Williams and Margaret Gyapong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:13

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    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:405

  38. Content type: Research article

    Determining gestational age in resource-poor settings is challenging because of limited availability of ultrasound technology and late first presentation to antenatal clinic. Last menstrual period (LMP), symph...

    Authors: Holger Unger, Kamala Thriemer, Benedikt Ley, Halidou Tinto, Maminata Traoré, Innocent Valea, Harry Tagbor, Gifty Antwi, Prosper Gbekor, Michael Nambozi, Jean-Bertin Bukasa Kabuya, Modest Mulenga, Victor Mwapasa, Gertrude Chapotera, Mwayiwawo Madanitsa, Stephen Rulisa…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:12

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  39. 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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  40. Content type: Research article

    Our study aimed at assessing the prevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxy-vitamin D [25(OH)D] < 20 ng/mL) in pregnant women in the first trimester living in Switzerland.

    Authors: Sophie Cabaset, Jean-Philippe Krieger, Aline Richard, Magdeldin Elgizouli, Alexandra Nieters, Sabine Rohrmann and Katharina C. Quack Lötscher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:10

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  41. Content type: Case report

    Uterine fibroids are the most common uterine tumours in females of reproductive age. During pregnancy, uterine fibroids may be complicated by aseptic necrobiosis. We herein report an ambiguous clinical present...

    Authors: Julius Sama Dohbit, Esther Ngo Um Meka, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Igor Kamla, Celestin Danwang, Frank-Leonel Tianyi, Pascal Foumane and Gervais Ondobo Andze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:9

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Adverse health outcomes are higher among Maasai children in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area compared to other co-located ethnic groups and regions of Tanzania. The Mama Kwanza Socioeconomic Health Initiative,...

    Authors: Marie Dietrich Leurer, Pammla Petrucka and Manjale Msafiri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:8

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing prevalence of women who tend to delay childbirth until a very advanced age. However, there is sparse data regarding very advanced maternal age (vAMA) and the interplay between vAMA and a...

    Authors: Yuelin Wu, Yan Chen, Minxue Shen, Yanfang Guo, Shi Wu Wen, Andrea Lanes, Ruth Rennicks White, Adewumi Adanlawo, Mark Walker and Xiaolin Hua

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:3

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Armenia has an upward trend in cesarean sections (CS); the CS rate increased from 7.2% in 2000 to 31.0% in 2017. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential factors contributing to the rapidly incre...

    Authors: Meri Tadevosyan, Anna Ghazaryan, Arusyak Harutyunyan, Varduhi Petrosyan, Adam Atherly and Kim Hekimian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:2

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Cesarean rates are higher in women admitted to labor ward during early stages rather than at later stages of labor. In a study in Germany, crude cesarean rates among Turkish and Lebanese immigrant women were l...

    Authors: Jürgen Breckenkamp, Eileen Marie Läcke, Wolfgang Henrich, Theda Borde, Silke Brenne, Matthias David and Oliver Razum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:1

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