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Tesfaye Assebe Yadeta, Alemayehu Worku, Gudina Egata, Berhanu Seyoum, Dadi Marami, Yemane Berhane
Background: Vertically transmitted group B Streptococcus (GBS) causes fetal and neonatal infections. However, there is limited information on the vertical transmission of GBS in low-income countries. This study, therefore, aimed to determine the rate of vertical transmission of GBS and associated factors among pregnant women in Eastern Ethiopia. Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional, facility-based study was conducted among pregnant women in Harar town, Eastern Ethiopia, from June to October, 2016...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Cathy Liu, Jade Lodge, Christopher Flatley, Alexander Gooi, Cameron Ward, Karen Eagleson, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To determine obstetric, intrapartum and perinatal outcomes for pregnancies with isolated fetal congenital heart defects (CHD). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of women that delivered an infant with an isolated major CHD between January 2010 and April 2017 at a major Australian perinatal centre. The study cohort was compared with a cohort of women with infants without CHD. Cardiac abnormalities were broadly subdivided into the following five categories using the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) as a guide - transposition of the great arteries (TGA), septal defects, right heart lesions (RHL), left heart lesions (LHL) and "other"...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Cinta Moraleda, Rachid Benmessaoud, Jessica Esteban, Yuly López, Hassan Alami, Amina Barkat, Tligui Houssain, Meryem Kabiri, Rachid Bezad, Saad Chaacho, Lola Madrid, Jordi Vila, Carmen Muñoz-Almagro, Jordi Bosch, Sara M Soto, Quique Bassat
PURPOSE: Group B streptococcus (GBS) is an important cause of neonatal sepsis worldwide. Data on the prevalence of maternal GBS colonization, risk factors for carriage, antibiotic susceptibility and circulating serotypes are necessary to tailor adequate locally relevant public health policies. METHODOLOGY: A prospective study including pregnant women and their newborns was conducted between March and July 2013 in Morocco. We collected clinical data and vagino-rectal and urine samples from the recruited pregnant women, together with the clinical characteristics of, and body surface samples from, their newborns...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Annie Dude, Charlotte M Niznik, Emily D Szmuilowicz, Alan M Peaceman, Lynn M Yee
Achieving maternal euglycemia in women with pregestational and gestational diabetes mellitus is critical to decreasing the risk of neonatal hypoglycemia, as maternal blood glucose levels around the time of delivery are directly related to the risk of hypoglycemia in the neonate. Many institutions use continuous insulin and glucose infusions during the intrapartum period, although practices are widely variable. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the "Management of the Perinatal Patient with Diabetes" policy and protocol was developed to improve consistency of management while also allowing individualization appropriate for the patient's specific diabetic needs...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Erin McMahon, Cecilia Jevitt, Barbara Aronson
INTRODUCTION: Intrapartum emergencies occur infrequently but require a prompt and competent response from the midwife to prevent morbidity and mortality of the woman, fetus, and newborn. Simulation provides the opportunity for student midwives to develop competence in a safe environment. The purpose of this study was to determine the inter-rater reliability of the McMahon Competence Assessment Instrument (MCAI) for use with student midwives during a simulated shoulder dystocia scenario...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Kristina Adachi, Jiahong Xu, Bonnie Ank, D Heather Watts, Margaret Camarca, Lynne M Mofenson, Jose Henrique Pilotto, Esau Joao, Glenda Gray, Gerhard Theron, Breno Santos, Rosana Fonseca, Regis Kreitchmann, Jorge Pinto, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Daisy Maria Machado, Mariana Ceriotto, Mariza G Morgado, Yvonne J Bryson, Valdilea G Veloso, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Mark Mirochnick, Jack Moye, Karin Nielsen-Saines
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection (cCMV) is an important cause of hearing loss and cognitive impairment. Prior studies suggest that HIV-exposed children are at higher risk of acquiring cCMV. We assessed the presence, magnitude, and risk factors associated with cCMV among infants born to HIV-infected women, who were not receiving antiretrovirals during pregnancy. METHODS: cCMV and urinary CMV load were determined in a cohort of infants born to HIV-infected women not receiving antiretrovirals during pregnancy...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Joshua I Rosenbloom, Methodius G Tuuli, Molly J Stout, Omar M Young, Candice L Woolfolk, Julia D López, George A Macones, Alison G Cahill
OBJECTIVE:  To determine the factors associated with severe maternal morbidity in a modern cohort of women laboring at term and to create a prediction model. STUDY DESIGN:  This is a retrospective cohort study of all term, laboring patients with live births at a single tertiary care center from 2004 to 2014. The primary outcome was composite maternal morbidity including organ failure, amniotic fluid embolism, anesthesia complications, sepsis, shock, thrombotic events, transfusion, or hysterectomy...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Marina Gomes, Vera Trocado, Mariana Carlos-Alves, Diana Arteiro, Paula Pinheiro
Non-pulsatile oxytocin given during labour can negatively affect breastfeeding. The aim of this study was to assess whether intrapartum oxytocin administration has any effect on breastfeeding. Secondly, to assess whether some maternal or neonatal variables influence breastfeeding. A retrospective cohort study was done, comparing two groups: women exposed (n = 101) and not exposed to oxytocin (n = 100) during labour. Women with caesarean section, vacuum extraction/forceps, twin pregnancy, breech presentation, premature neonates and with an Apgar score <7 at 5 minutes were excluded...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Kathryn A Patras, Victor Nizet
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonizes the gastrointestinal and vaginal epithelium of a significant percentage of healthy women, with potential for ascending intrauterine infection or transmission during parturition, creating a risk of serious disease in the vulnerable newborn. This review highlights new insights on the bacterial virulence determinants, host immune responses, and microbiome interactions that underpin GBS vaginal colonization, the proximal step in newborn infectious disease pathogenesis. From the pathogen perspective, the function GBS adhesins and biofilms, β-hemolysin/cytolysin toxin, immune resistance factors, sialic acid mimicry, and two-component transcriptional regulatory systems are reviewed...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Victoria Hall, William L Walker, Nicole P Lindsey, Jennifer A Lehman, Jonathan Kolsin, Kimberly Landry, Ingrid B Rabe, Susan L Hills, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples, Carolyn V Gould, Stacey W Martin
Zika virus is a flavivirus primarily transmitted to humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (1). Zika virus infections also have been documented through intrauterine transmission resulting in congenital infection; intrapartum transmission from a viremic mother to her newborn; sexual transmission; blood transfusion; and laboratory exposure (1-3). Most Zika virus infections are asymptomatic or result in mild clinical illness, characterized by acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia, or nonpurulent conjunctivitis; Guillain-Barré syndrome, meningoencephalitis, and severe thrombocytopenia rarely have been associated with Zika virus infection (1)...
March 9, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
José Morales-Roselló, Asma Khalil, Victoria Fornés-Ferrer, Alfredo Perales-Marín
OBJECTIVE: To study the accuracy of the cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) for the detection of intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in fetuses growing over the 10th centile. METHODS: This was a prospective study of 569 nonsmall fetuses attending the day hospital unit of a tertiary hospital that underwent an ultrasound examination at 36-40 weeks, and were delivered within 4 weeks of examination. IFC was defined as a composite of: abnormal intrapartum fetal heart rate or intrapartum fetal scalp pH < 7...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Shashikant L Sholapurkar
The survival of cardiotocography (CTG) as a tool for intrapartum fetal monitoring seems threatened somewhat unjustifiably and unwittingly despite the absence of better alternatives. Fetal heart rate (FHR) decelerations are center-stage (most important) in the interpretation of CTG with maximum impact on three-tier classification. The pattern-discrimination of FHR decelerations is inexorably linked to their nomenclature. Unscientific or flawed nomenclature of decelerations can explain the dysfunctional CTG interpretation leading to errors in detection of acidemic fetuses...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Holly E Reid, Anja Wittkowski, Sarah Vause, Alexander E P Heazell
OBJECTIVES: To explore the views of maternity service users and professionals towards obstetric consultant presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DESIGN: Semistructured interviews conducted face to face with maternity service users and professionals in March and April 2016. All responses were analysed together (ie, both service users' and professionals' responses) using an inductive thematic analysis. SETTING: A large tertiary maternity unit in the North West of England that has implemented 24/7 obstetric consultant presence...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
Jeffrey R Kaiser, Shasha Bai, Paul J Rozance
BACKGROUND: The glucose concentrations and times to nadir for newborns of all gestational ages when intrapartum glucose-containing solutions are not routinely provided are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To characterize and compare patterns of initial glucose concentration nadirs by gestational-age groups. METHODS: A cross-sectional cohort study of 1,366 newborns born in 1998 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, appropriate for gestational age, nonasphyxiated, nonpolycythemic, and not infants of diabetic mothers, were included...
March 6, 2018: Neonatology
Xu-Yong Chen, Ji-Xin Yang, Hong-Yi Zhang, Xiao-Feng Xiong, Khalid Mohamoud Abdullahi, Xiao-Juan Wu, Jie-Xiong Feng
BACKGROUND: To determine whether ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) is an appropriate approach for managing fetuses antenatally diagnosed with giant congenital omphaloceles. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with omphaloceles who underwent either an EXIT procedure or a traditional repair surgery. Basic and clinical parameters including gender, gestational age, birth weight, maternal blood loss, operative times and operative complications were analyzed...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Justin R Lappen, Stephen A Myers, Norman Bolden, Ziad Shaman, Venkata Angirekula, Edward K Chien
BACKGROUND: Narrow pulse pressure has been demonstrated to indicate low central volume status. In critically ill patients, volume status can be qualitatively evaluated using Doppler velocimetry to assess hemodynamic changes in the carotid artery in response to autotransfusion with passive leg raise (PLR). Neither parameter has been prospectively evaluated in an obstetric population. The objective of this study was to determine if pulse pressure could predict the response to autotransfusion using carotid artery Doppler in healthy intrapartum women...
March 1, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Irene A Stafford, Eliza Rodrigue, Alexandra Berra, Wesley Adams, Asha J Heard, Joseph L Hagan, Shawn J Stafford
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of newborn gastrointestinal emergencies, affecting 1-3 per 1000 live births. Although NEC has been linked to a microbial etiology, associations with maternal intrapartum and resultant newborn early-onset invasive Group B streptococcus (EO-GBS) have been weakly defined. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to determine the relationship between EO-GBS and NEC. STUDY DESIGN: Data from 2008 to 2015 were collected from pediatric records with ICD diagnosis codes consistent with all stages of NEC, with the exception of neonatal EO-GBS data (only available 2011-2015)...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Mohammed Rohi Khalil, Poul Bak Thorsen, Jens Kjølseth Møller, Niels Uldbjerg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate GBS colony numbers in the urine at 35-37 weeks' gestation to predict the load of GBS-colonization of the vagina at birth. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective observational study, we included 902 unselected pregnant women. Exposure was GBS colony forming units (CFU) per mL urine at 35-37 weeks' gestation. Outcome was vaginal GBS colonization at birth as assessed by a semi-quantitative culture of a vaginal swab sample (negative, +1, +2, +3). RESULTS: Bacteriuria with GBS at 35-37 weeks' gestation performed with a sensitivity of 30% concerning any degree of vaginal GBS colonization at birth (31 of 104 cases); 19% for light (+1), 17% for medium (+2), and 52% for high load (+3) vaginal GBS colonization...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Michael F Robuck, Christine M O'Brien, Kelsi M Knapp, Sheila Shay, James D West, J M Newton, James C Slaughter, Bibhash Paria, Jeff Reese, Jennifer L Herington
In mouse models used to study parturition or pre-clinical therapeutic testing, measurement of uterine contractions is limited to either ex vivo isometric tension or operative IUP. The goal of this study was to: 1) develop a method for transcervical insertion of a pressure catheter to measure in vivo intrauterine contractile pressure during mouse pregnancy, 2) determine whether this method can be utilized numerous times in a single mouse pregnancy without affecting the timing of delivery or fetal outcome, and 3) compare the in vivo contractile activity between mouse models of term and preterm labor (PTL)...
March 2, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Joao Paulo Souza, Olufemi T Oladapo, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa, Rodrigo Reis, Francisco Barbosa-Junior, Livia Oliveira-Ciabati, Domingos Alves, A Metin Gülmezoglu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of the WHO partograph alert line and other candidate predictors in the identification of women at risk of developing severe adverse birth outcomes DESIGN: a facility-based, multicentre, prospective cohort study. SETTING: 13 maternity hospitals located in Nigeria and Uganda. POPULATION: 9,995 women with spontaneous onset of labour presenting at cervical dilatation of ≤6 cm or undergoing induction of labour...
March 2, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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