Section Editors

  • Cecily M Begley, Trinity College Dublin
  • Matthias Borchert, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Miriam Labbok, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Robert W Powers, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ndola Prata, University of California, Berkeley
  • Christine Roberts, The Kolling Institute of Medical Research
  • Jos van Roosmalen, VU University Medical Center

Executive Editor

  • Peter O'Donovan, BioMed Central


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    Aspiring for a healthier baby

    The desire to further one's education is associated with better birth outcome in pregnant adolescents, including higher birthweight and higher gestational age.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:3
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    Interventions more likely with private care

    Obstetric interventions in Ireland are more frequent in patients in private obstetric care, irrespective of risk factors, largely due to more elective caesarian sections and episiotomies.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:13
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    Sun and Vitamin D during pregnancy

    Vitamin D levels, and physical strength, are lower in pregnant Somali immigrants than in native Swedish women, possibly due to less exposure of the skin to UVB radiation.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013, 13:237
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    A need for better definition.

    The measurements of maternal morbidity across the world need to be based on standard definitions, which is not currently the case, to allow proper comparisons across regions and to correctly inform future policy.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013, 13:213
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    Does ethnicity affect experience of maternity care?

    Women belonging to ethnic minorities reported that they had poorer experiences of maternity services in England than those reported by white women.

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013, 13:196



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