Differences in fetal fractional limb volume changes in normal and gestational diabetic pregnancies: an exploratory observational study.

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Fetal fractional limb volume has been proposed as a useful measure for quantifying fetal soft tissue development. The aim of this study was to investigate the growth of fractional arm […]

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Can we help to decrease severe maternal morbidity by addressing maternal anaemia?

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In obstetrics we often prioritize studying neonatal over maternal outcomes. Effects of anaemia in pregnancy are no different. ACOG recommends screening all women for anaemia and treating with iron supplementation, […]

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Fetal Sex Results of Noninvasive Prenatal Testing and Differences With Ultrasonography.

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To assess the causes of reported discordance between noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and ultrasound or other clinical information.In this retrospective, observational study, all cases in which single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based NIPT […]

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Association of the First 1,000 Days Systems-Change Intervention on Maternal Gestational Weight Gain.

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To examine the associations of a clinical and public health systems-change intervention on the prevalence of excess gestational weight gain among high-risk, low-income women.In a quasi-experimental trial, we compared the […]

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External validation of a simple risk score based on the ASPRE trial algorithm for preterm preeclampsia considering maternal characteristics in nulliparous pregnant women: a multicentric retrospective cohort study.

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To validate the performance of a first-trimester simple risk score based on the ASPRE trial algorithm for pre-eclampsia.Multicentric retrospective cohort analysis.Four Italian hospitals.Unselected nulliparous women at 11-13 weeks gestation from […]

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SMFM Special Statement: Who’s Who in Patient Safety and Quality for Maternal Health Care in the United States.

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There are many organizations in the United States concerned with the improvement of patient safety and health care quality. In this overview, we provide a synopsis of the major entities […]

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Reproductive services for women at high risk for maternal mortality: a report of the workshop of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Fellowship in Family Planning, and the Society of Family Planning.

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Maternal risk factors and adverse birth outcomes associated with HELLP syndrome: a population-based study.

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We assessed the incidence, risk factors and adverse birth outcomes associated with elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) syndrome.A retrospective population-based cohort study.Canada (excluding Quebec), 2012/13-2015/16.Mothers with a singleton hospital […]

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Increasing obstetric intervention for fetal growth restriction is shifting birthweight centiles: a retrospective cohort study.

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To assess the impact of increasing obstetric intervention on birthweight centiles.Retrospective cohort study of births in five two-year epochs: 1983-84, 1993-94, 2003-04, 2013-14, and 2016-17.665,205 singleton births at ≥32 weeks’ […]

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Hemoglobin levels in early pregnancy and severe maternal morbidity: population-based cohort study.

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Data regarding low maternal hemoglobin concentration and severe maternal morbidity (SMM) are limited and potentially biased. This study evaluated the relation between early maternal hemoglobin concentration and SMM or maternal […]

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Pregnancy complications in chronic hypertensive patients are linked to pre-pregnancy maternal cardiac function and structure.

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Chronic hypertension (CH) complicates around 3% of all pregnancies and is associated with an increased risk for pregnancy complications such as superimposed preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, preterm delivery, and stillbirth, […]

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Maternal cardiac function in women at high-risk for preeclampsia treated with 150mg Aspirin or placebo: an observational study.

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To compare maternal haemodynamics in women low and high-risk for preterm pre-eclampsia (PE) and between those high-risk randomised to aspirin or placebo.Prospective, longitudinal observational study.Maternity units in six UK hospitals.Women […]

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INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE MATERNAL MORBIDITY AMONG INFERTILE WOMEN: ANALYSIS OF US CLAIMS DATA.

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Severe maternal morbidity continues to be an issue of national and global concern and is increasing in incidence. The incidence of infertility is also on the rise, and infertile women […]

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Stillbirth is associated with increased risk of long-term maternal renal disease: a nationwide cohort study.

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Stillbirth is a devastating adverse pregnancy outcome which may occur without any obvious reason, or may occur in the context of fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia or other obstetric complications. There […]

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New insights in cerebral findings associated with fetal myelomeningocele: a retrospective cohort study in a single tertiary centre.

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to investigate cerebral anomalies other than Chiari type 2 malformation in fetuses with myelomeningocele.A retrospective cohort study in a single tertiary centre.a review of associated cerebral anomalies in cases with […]

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Evaluation of an external fetal electrocardiogram monitoring system: A randomized controlled trial.

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To compare interpretability of two intrapartum abdominal fetal heart rate monitoring strategies. We hypothesized that an external fetal electrocardiography monitoring system, a newer technology using wireless abdominal pads, would generate […]

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The role of maternal awareness of reduced fetal movements to reduce perinatal mortality remains unclear.

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Observational data using a variety of methodological approaches has demonstrated an association between reduced fetal movements and perinatal death and the birth of a small for gestational age (SGA) infant […]

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Maternal and fetal outcomes of taxane chemotherapy in breast and ovarian cancer during pregnancy: case series and review of the literature.

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of taxane chemotherapy during pregnancy and compare maternal and neonatal outcomes with those in women who did not receive taxanes […]

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Quality of periconceptional dietary intake and maternal and neonatal outcomes.

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Periconceptional diet quality is commonly suboptimal and sociodemographic disparities in diet quality exist. However, it is unknown whether individual periconceptional diet quality is associated with obstetric outcomes.Our objective was to […]

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Reduction in Racial Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity from Hemorrhage in a Large-scale Quality Improvement Collaborative.

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Eliminating persistent racial/ethnic disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity is a public health priority. National strategies to improve maternal outcomes are increasingly focused on quality improvement collaboratives. However, the effectiveness […]

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Safety and efficacy of sildenafil citrate to reduce operative birth for intrapartum fetal compromise at term: A Phase 2 Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Sildenafil citrate is a vasodilator used in erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. We tested whether it reduces emergency operative births for fetal compromise and improves fetal or utero-placental perfusion in […]

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Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Consult Series #49: Cesarean scar pregnancy.

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Cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) is a complication in which an early pregnancy implants in the scar from a prior cesarean delivery. This condition presents a substantial risk for severe maternal […]

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Mindfetalness to increase women’s awareness of fetal movements and pregnancy outcomes: a cluster-randomised controlled trial including 39 865 women.

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To examine whether a method for raising women’s awareness of fetal movements, Mindfetalness, can affect pregnancy outcomes.Cluster-randomised controlled trial.Sixty-seven maternity clinics in Stockholm, Sweden.Women with singleton pregnancy with birth from […]

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Why correctly identifying maternal condition in perinatal death classification systems is crucial: A commentary.

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Ending preventable perinatal deaths is high on the global health agenda. In addressing this priority it is imperative that quality data, related to perinatal mortality, is consistently collected and reported. […]

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Fetal growth and feto-placental circulation in pregnancies following bariatric surgery: a prospective study.

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To investigate the intra-uterine fetal growth pattern and feto-placental circulation in pregnancies following bariatric surgery.Prospective study.Maternity Unit, UK.162 pregnant women; 54 with previous bariatric surgery and 108 with no surgery […]

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