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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348260/the-canadian-preterm-birth-network-a-study-protocol-for-improving-outcomes-for-preterm-infants-and-their-families
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Prakesh S Shah, Sarah D McDonald, Jon Barrett, Anne Synnes, Kate Robson, Jonathan Foster, Jean-Charles Pasquier, K S Joseph, Bruno Piedboeuf, Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil, Karel O'Brien, Sandesh Shivananda, Nils Chaillet, Petros Pechlivanoglou
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (birth before 37 wk of gestation) occurs in about 8% of pregnancies in Canada and is associated with high mortality and morbidity rates that substantially affect infants, their families and the health care system. Our overall goal is to create a transdisciplinary platform, the Canadian Preterm Birth Network (CPTBN), where investigators, stakeholders and families will work together to improve childhood outcomes of preterm neonates. METHODS: Our national cohort will include 24 maternal-fetal/obstetrical units, 31 neonatal intensive care units and 26 neonatal follow-up programs across Canada with planned linkages to provincial health information systems...
January 18, 2018: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326197/parents-2-study-protocol-pilot-of-parents-active-role-and-engagement-in-the-review-of-their-stillbirth-perinatal-death
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Danya Bakhbakhi, Dimitrios Siassakos, Claire Storey, Alexander Heazell, Mary Lynch, Laura Timlin, Christy Burden
BACKGROUND: The perinatal mortality review meeting that takes place within the hospital following a stillbirth or neonatal death enables clinicians to learn vital lessons to improve care for women and their families for the future. Recent evidence suggests that parents are unaware that a formal review following the death of their baby takes place. Many would welcome the opportunity to feedback into the meeting itself. Parental involvement in the perinatal mortality review meeting has the potential to improve patient satisfaction, drive improvements in patient safety and promote an open culture within healthcare...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326182/variations-in-childbirth-interventions-in-high-income-countries-protocol-for-a-multinational-cross-sectional-study
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Anna Seijmonsbergen-Schermers, Ank de Jonge, Thomas van den Akker, Katrien Beeckman, Annick Bogaerts, Monalisa Barros, Patricia Janssen, Lorena Binfa, Eva Rydahl, Lucy Frith, Mechthild Gross, Berglind Hálfdánsdóttir, Deirdre Daly, Jean Calleja-Agius, Patricia Gillen, Anne Britt Vika Nilsen, Eugene Declercq
INTRODUCTION: There are growing concerns about the increase in rates of commonly used childbirth interventions. When indicated, childbirth interventions are crucial for preventing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, but their routine use in healthy women and children leads to avoidable maternal and neonatal harm. Establishing ideal rates of interventions can be challenging. This study aims to describe the range of variations in the use of commonly used childbirth interventions in high-income countries around the world, and in outcomes in nulliparous and multiparous women...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324608/quality-assurance-practices-in-obstetric-care-a-survey-of-hospitals-in-california
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Lisbet S Lundsberg, Henry C Lee, Grace Villarin Dueñas, Kimberly D Gregory, Holly K Grossetta Nardini, Christian M Pettker, Jessica L Illuzzi, Xiao Xu
OBJECTIVE: To assess hospital practices in obstetric quality management activities and identify institutional characteristics associated with utilization of evidence-supported practices. METHODS: Data for this study came from a statewide survey of obstetric hospitals in California regarding their organization and delivery of perinatal care. We analyzed responses from 185 hospitals that completed quality assurance sections of the survey to assess their practices in a broad spectrum of quality enhancement activities...
January 9, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321127/effectiveness-of-a-technology-based-supportive-educational-parenting-program-on-parental-outcomes-in-singapore-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Shefaly Shorey, Yvonne Peng Mei Ng, An Ling Siew, Joanne Yoong, Evalotte Mörelius
BACKGROUND: Supportive educational programs during the perinatal period are scarce in Singapore. There is no continuity of care available in terms of support from community care nurses in Singapore. Parents are left on their own most of the time, which results in a stressful transition to parenthood. There is a need for easily accessible technology-based educational programs that can support parents during this crucial perinatal period. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the study protocol of a randomized controlled trial on a technology-based supportive educational parenting program...
January 10, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298669/preferred-prenatal-counselling-at-the-limits-of-viability-a-survey-among-dutch-perinatal-professionals
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Ms Rosa Geurtzen, Arno Van Heijst, Rosella Hermens, Hubertina Scheepers, Mallory Woiski, Jos Draaisma, Marije Hogeveen
BACKGROUND: Since 2010, intensive care can be offered in the Netherlands at 24+0 weeks gestation (with parental consent) but the Dutch guideline lacks recommendations on organization, content and preferred decision-making of the counselling. Our aim is to explore preferred prenatal counselling at the limits of viability by Dutch perinatal professionals and compare this to current care. METHODS: Online nationwide survey as part of the PreCo study (2013) amongst obstetricians and neonatologists in all Dutch level III perinatal care centers (n = 205)...
January 3, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287132/fetal-echocardiography-for-planning-perinatal-and-delivery-room-care-of-neonates-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Laura Sanapo, Jay D Pruetz, Maciej Słodki, M Beth Goens, Anita J Moon-Grady, Mary T Donofrio
Fetal echocardiography facilitates the prenatal diagnosis of infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) and through sequential examinations, allows assessment of fetal hemodynamics and cardiovascular status from the time of diagnosis to delivery. Fetal cardiologists have created diagnostic protocols aimed at risk stratifying severity and potential postnatal compromise in fetuses with CHD, and identifying those who may require special intervention at birth or within the first days of life. In this article, we review fetal cardiovascular physiology, the progression of CHD in utero and fetal echocardiographic findings used for risk stratification of newborns with CHD, as well as some of the basic principles of planning for the neonatal resuscitation and initial transitional care of these complex newborns...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282009/strider-sildenafil-therapy-in-dismal-prognosis-early-onset-fetal-growth-restriction-an-international-consortium-of-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
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A Pels, L C Kenny, Z Alfirevic, P N Baker, Peter von Dadelszen, C Gluud, C T Kariya, B W Mol, A T Papageorghiou, A G van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, W Ganzevoort, K M Groom
BACKGROUND: Severe, early-onset fetal growth restriction due to placental insufficiency is associated with a high risk of perinatal mortality and morbidity with long-lasting sequelae. Placental insufficiency is the result of abnormal formation and function of the placenta with inadequate remodelling of the maternal spiral arteries. There is currently no effective therapy available. Some evidence suggests sildenafil citrate may improve uteroplacental blood flow, fetal growth, and meaningful infant outcomes...
December 28, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276166/accelerated-titration-of-oxytocin-in-nulliparous-women-with-labour-dystocia-results-of-the-action-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jessica Dy, Jenna Rainey, Mark C Walker, William Fraser, Graeme N Smith, Ruth Rennicks White, Patti Waddell, Ghayath Janoudi, Daniel J Corsi, Shu Qin Wei
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to determine the feasibility of a large RCT assessing the effectiveness of an accelerated oxytocin titration (AOT) protocol compared with a standard gradual oxytocin titration (GOT) in reducing the risk of CS in nulliparous women diagnosed with dystocia in the first stage of labour. The secondary objective was to obtain preliminary data on the safety and efficacy of the foregoing AOT protocol. METHODS: This was a multicentre, double-masked, parallel-group pilot RCT...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242417/phase-changing-material-for-therapeutic-hypothermia-in-neonates-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-a-multi-centric-study
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Niranjan Thomas, Thangaraj Abiramalatha, Vishnu Bhat, Manoj Varanattu, Suman Rao, Sanjay Wazir, Leslie Lewis, Umamaheswari Balakrishnan, Srinivas Murki, Jaikrishnan Mittal, Ashish Dongara, Y N Prashantha, Somashekhar Nimbalkar
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility and safety of cooling asphyxiated neonates using phase changing material based device across different neonatal intensive care units in India. DESIGN: Multi-centric uncontrolled clinical trial. SETTING: 11 level 3 neonatal units in India from November 2014 to December 2015. PARTICIPANTS: 103 newborn infants with perinatal asphyxia, satisfying pre-defined criteria for therapeutic hypothermia...
December 14, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241628/-care-of-the-newborn-with-perinatal-asphyxia-candidate-for-therapeutic-hypothermia-during-the-first-six-hours-of-life-in-spain
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Juan Arnaez, Alfredo Garcia-Alix, Sara Calvo, Simón Lubián-López
INTRODUCTION: The process of care and assistance from birth to the starting of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is crucial in order to improve its effectiveness and prevent the worsening of hypoxic-ischaemic injury. METHODS: A national cross-sectional study carried out in 2015 by use of a questionnaire sent to all level iii units on the care of the newborn≥35 weeks gestation within the first hours of life after a perinatal asphyxia event. According to clinical practice guidelines, the quality of care was compared between the hospitals that carried out or did not carry out TH, and according to the level of care...
December 11, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240754/maternal-death-review-and-outcomes-an-assessment-in-lagos-state-nigeria
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Friday Okonofua, Donald Imosemi, Brian Igboin, Adegboyega Adeyemi, Chioma Chibuko, Adewale Idowu, Wilson Imongan
The objective of the study was to investigate the results of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) conducted in three referral hospitals in Lagos State, Nigeria over a two-year period and to report the outcomes and the lessons learned. MPDRS panels were constituted in the three hospitals, and beginning from January 2015, we conducted monthly MPDSR in the three hospitals using a nationally approved protocol. Data on births and deaths and causes of deaths as identified by the MPDSR panels were collated in the hospitals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233167/interventions-for-domestic-violence-among-pregnant-women-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Diksha Sapkota, Kathleen Baird, Amornrat Saito, Debra Anderson
BACKGROUND: Violence during pregnancy is a global problem, associated with serious health risks for both the mother and baby. Evaluation of interventions targeted for reducing or controlling domestic violence (DV) is still in its infancy, and the majority of findings are primarily from high-income countries (HICs). Therefore, there is an urgent need for generating evidence of DV interventions among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). METHODS: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines will be employed to structure the review...
December 12, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221765/advances-in-fetal-echocardiography
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REVIEW
Helena M Gardiner
The development of fetal echocardiography and success in prenatal cardiac screening programs over the past 30 years has been driven by technical innovation and influenced by the different approaches of the various specialties practicing it. Screening for congenital heart defects no longer focuses on examining a limited number of pregnant women thought to be at increased risk, but instead forms an integrated part of a high-quality anatomical ultrasound performed in the second trimester using the 'five-transverse view' protocol...
December 5, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216770/maternal-age-over-40-years-and-pregnancy-outcome-a-hospital-based-survey
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Luca Marozio, Elisa Picardo, Claudia Filippini, Erika Mainolfi, Paola Berchialla, Franco Cavallo, Annalisa Tancredi, Chiara Benedetto
OBJECTIVE: Increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes with advancing maternal age has been described but the strength of association remains debated, particularly in presence of confounding factors such as parity, twin pregnancy and pregnancy from assisted reproductive technologies. The aim of this study was to evaluate pregnancy outcomes in a large cohort of women aged over 40 years. The hypothesis was that advanced maternal age may be an independent risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208502/rate-of-caesarean-sections-according-to-the-robson%C3%A2-classification-analysis-in-a-french-perinatal-network-interest-and-limitations-of-the-french-medico-administrative-data-pmsi
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Anne-Sophie Lafitte, Patricia Dolley, Xavier LE Coutour, Guillaume Benoist, Ludovic Prime, Pascal Thibon, Michel Dreyfus
INTRODUCTION: The objective of our study was to determine, in accordance with WHO recommendations, the rates of Caesarean sections in a French perinatal network according to the Robson classification and determine the benefit of the medico-administrative data (PMSI) to collect this indicator. This study aimed to identify the main groups contributing to local variations in the rates of Caesarean sections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive multicentric study was conducted in 13 maternity units of a French perinatal network...
December 2, 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203503/multicentre-prospective-randomised-single-blind-controlled-study-protocol-of-the-effect-of-an-additional-parent-administered-sensorimotor-stimulation-on-neurological-development-of-preterm-infants-primebrain
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Karine Pelc, Irit Daniel, Bernard Wenderickx, Bernard Dan
INTRODUCTION: Preterm and very low birthweight infants are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, sensory impairment and intellectual disability. Several early intervention approaches have been designed in the hope of optimising neurological development in this context. It seems important that the intervention takes into account parental mental health, focuses on parent-child interactions and lasts sufficiently long. This study aims to evaluate the effects of a stimulation programme administered by parents until 6 months post-term on motor and neurophysiological development of infants born preterm...
December 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196306/perinatal-infratentorial-haemorrhage-a-rare-but-possibly-life-threatening-condition
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Bettina Cornelia Henzi, Bendicht Wagner, Rajeev Kumar Verma, Sandra Bigi
BACKGROUND: Perinatal infratentorial haemorrhage (PIH) is a rare birth complication associated with abnormal labour. CASE PRESENTATION: A baby boy was born by vacuum extraction at 41 weeks' gestational age. The pregnancy was uneventful and Apgar scores were 3/6/9. Following initial resuscitation, insufficient and irregular breathing, non-reactive pupils and absence of spontaneous movements were noted. A diagnosis of perinatal asphyxia with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) was considered...
December 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191480/preterm-birth-leads-to-hyper-reactive-cognitive-control-processing-and-poor-white-matter-organization-in-adulthood
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Alexander Olsen, Emily L Dennis, Kari Anne I Evensen, Ingrid Marie Husby Hollund, Gro C C Løhaugen, Paul M Thompson, Ann-Mari Brubakk, Live Eikenes, Asta K Håberg
Individuals born preterm with very low birth weight (VLBW; birth weight ≤ 1500 g) are at high risk for perinatal brain injuries and deviant brain development, leading to increased chances of later cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. Here we investigated the neuronal underpinnings of both reactive and proactive cognitive control processes in adults with VLBW. We included 32 adults born preterm with VLBW (before 37th week of gestation) and 32 term-born controls (birth weight ≥10th percentile for gestational age) between 22 and 24 years of age that have been followed prospectively since birth...
November 27, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182481/the-use-of-therapeutic-hypothermia-in-neonates-with-perinatal-asphyxia-at-charlotte-maxeke-johannesburg-academic-hospital-a-retrospective-review
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Khutso N Sebetseba, Tanusha Ramdin, Daynia Ballot
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has become the standard of care to reduce neurological damage following perinatal asphyxia. Current recommendations call for implementation of a standard, evidence-based protocol for the provision of TH. This is particularly challenging in resource-limited settings. This is a retrospective, descriptive study to determine whether neonates at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) are receiving TH according to the unit protocol in place. The study included all neonates with a birth weight greater than 1800 g admitted to the CMJAH neonatal unit from January 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017, before 24 hours of life...
November 28, 2017: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
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