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The articles in this section have been identified by the editor of the resource centre, Jim Thornton, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Nottingham University, UK, as key publications in the area of Obstetrics Gynecology.

All key publications are available online with external links plus editorial commentaries and titles written specifically for the EJOG resource centre by Prof. Jim Thornton.


  • Exercise in pregnancy!

    Vincenzo Berghella, Gabriele Saccone

    American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 216, Issue 4, April 2017, Pages 335–337
  • A randomized clinical trial of exercise during pregnancy to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus and improve pregnancy outcome in overweight and obese pregnant women

    Wang C, Wei Y, Zhang X, Zhang Y, Xu Q, Sun Y, Su S, Zhang L, Liu C, Feng Y, Shou C, Guelfi KJ, Newnham JP, Yang H

    Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Apr;216(4):340-351. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2017.01.037. Epub 2017 Feb 1.
  • Editor's comment: Prof. Jim Thornton:
    The results of one of the largest trials ever performed in pregnancy, the INFANT trial of a computerised alert in addition to continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring versus CEFM alone, were publish online on March 21st.  The results were negative. The computerised alert system does not reduce any adverse outcomes.

    Computerised interpretation of fetal heart rate during labour (INFANT): a randomised controlled trial

    Brocklehurst P, Field D, Greene K, Juszczak E, Keith R, Kenyon S, Linsell L, Mabey C, Newburn M, Plachcinski R, Quigley M, Schroeder E, Steer P.

    Lancet. 2017 Apr 29;389(10080):1719-1729. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30568-8. Epub 2017 Mar 21.
  • Fetal brain MRI

    Prof Paul D Griffiths, Michael Bradburn, Prof Michael J Campbell, Prof Cindy L Cooper, Ruth Graham, Deborah Jarvis, Prof Mark D Kilby, Gerald Mason, Cara Mooney, Prof Stephen C Robson, Prof Allan Wailoo on behalf of the MERIDIAN collaborative group

    Volume 389, No. 10068, p538–546, 4 February 2017
  • New WHO fetal growth charts

    Kiserud T et al.

    (2017) The World Health Organization Fetal Growth Charts: A Multinational Longitudinal Study of Ultrasound Biometric Measurements and Estimated Fetal Weight. PLoS Med 14(1): e1002220. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002220
  • The first large prospective cohort of Zika infection in pregnancy

    Brasil P. et al.

    (2016) Zika Virus Infection in Pregnant Women in Rio de Janeiro. N Engl J Med 2016; 375:2321-2334 December 15, 2016DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1602412.
  • Amniotic lactate and oxytocin augmentation

    Wiberg-Itzel E et al.

    Lactate in Amniotic Fluid: Predictor of Labor Outcome in Oxytocin-Augmented Primiparas' Deliveries. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 26;11(10):e0161546. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161546.
  • Editor's comment: Prof. Jim Thornton: Inverse correlation between rates of operative vaginal delivery and Caesarean

    A large Italian registry study has shown, perhaps unsurprisingly, a significant inverse correlation between rates of overall Caesarean birth and operative vaginal delivery rates.  The authors note the rising rate of second stage Caesareans, which are often very morbid for both mother and baby, and advocate a careful change in obstetric culture to encourage vaginal instrumental delivery in delayed second stage of labour. 

    Cesarean delivery rates and obstetric culture - an Italian register-based study

    Plevani et al.

    Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016 Nov 21. doi: 10.1111/aogs.13063.
  • Editor's comment: Prof. Jim Thornton: Induction and Autism; reassurance from Sweden
    Some previous research had suggested an association between labour induction and autism disorders. However in this large study from Sweden, comparison with siblings whose births were discordant with respect to induction, thus accounting for shared environmental and genetic factors, induction was not associated with autism in the child (HR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.88-1.1).
    Oberg AS et al. Association of Labor Induction With Offspring Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Sep

    Association of Labor Induction With Offspring Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    6;170(9):e160965. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0965. Epub 2016 Sep 6.
  • Editor's comment: Prof. Jim Thornton: Core outcomes for preterm birth
    Core outcomes which should be reported in trials and other evaluations of interventions to prevent preterm birth have been published. This is part of the CROWN initiative Core outcome in Women's and Newborn health. http://www.crown-initiative.org/. There are four maternal outcomes (mortality; infection or inflammation; prelabour rupture of membranes; harm from intervention) and nine baby ones (gestational age at birth; mortality; birthweight; early neurodevelopmental morbidity; late neurodevelopmental morbidity; gastrointestinal morbidity; Infection; respiratory morbidity; and harm from intervention.

    A core outcome set for evaluation of interventions to prevent preterm birth: summary for CROWN

    Van 't Hooft J (2016) A core outcome set for evaluation of interventions to prevent preterm birth: summary for CROWN. BJOG 2016 Sep;123 Suppl 3:107. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14364.

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