Editorial

27th European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the 15th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Loutradis Dimitris

With the organization of the upcoming combined events of the 27th European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the 15th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Greece has succeeded to overcome barriers posed by the recent outbreak of COVID-19 that has detrimentally changed our daily practice including scientific activities…

Review

Fetal maternal immune cross talking and vaccination during pregnancy

Panagiota Masoura, Georgia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Diamanto Tsianni, Anastasia Kourtesa, Kalliopi Pappa

Maternal adaptations in pregnancy induce complex physiological changes of the immune system which protect mother’s health and ensure the accommodation of the growing embryo. The innate immunity is amplified and the adaptive immunity is partially suppressed, preserving the ability to produce antibodies…

Research Article

Overweight in childhood and early adulthood is associated with parental Body Mass Index and perinatal risk factors

Konstantinos D. Tambalis, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Labros S. Sidossis

Background: To investigate the associations of pregnancy and pre-pregnancy parental characteristics on child’s weight and progression at the early adulthood. Material and Methods: Α random sample of 5,125 dyads children and their mothers was assessed. Mothers were asked to provide information contained in their medical booklets and pregnancy ultrasound records. With the use of a standardized questionnaire, telephone interviews were carried out for the collection of parental factors and offspring’s BMI…

Research Article

Physical activity and exercise during pregnancy in Greece: A cross-sectional study

Ermioni Tsarna, Ioanna Mavrommati, Grigorios Bogdanis, Olga Triantafillidou,  George Paltoglou, Panagiotis Christopoulos

Introduction: Physical activity and exercise during pregnancy is regarded safe and beneficial in absence of pregnancy complications. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to describe physical activity of pregnant women in Greece and explore if it changes during pregnancy compared to the period before pregnancy…

Research Article

Von Willebrand factor infollicular fluid in women undergoing IVF/ICSI: a “ghost” associated with oocyte and embryo quality

George A. Partsinevelos, Despina Mavrogianni, Evagelia Dimitroulia,  Vasiliki Dinopoulou, Dimitris Loutradis, Peter Drakakis

Introduction: The purpose of the present study to determine the presence of Von Willebrand factor (vWF) in the follicular fluid of women undergoing IVF/ICSI and to investigate the association of its concentration with oocyte and embryo quality…

Case Report

First live birth in Greece after blastocyst trophectoderm biopsy and preimplantation genetic testing for hereditary angioedema

Konstantinos A. Economou, Chrysanthi Billi, Lina Florentin, Anastasios Pachydakis, Ioannis Sintoris, Minas Mastrominas

Preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic/single-gene defects (PGT-M) is a well established tool in assisted reproduction. A couple, where the male was carrier of the c.550G>A (p.Gly184Arg) mutation of the SERPING 1 gene causing hereditary angioedema (HAE) attended our clinic for PGT-M. Employing a strategy of preserving embryos after blastocyst trophectoderm biopsy by vitrification cryopreservation …

Letter to the Editor

“En caul birth” – A rare and spectacular delivery

Konstantinos Zacharis, Eirini-Aikaterini Evangelopoulou, Konstantina Balafa, Eleni Chrysafopoulou, Aliki-Rafaella Papazisi, Ourania Koukoura

An en caul birth, also known as a “veiled birth” or “mermaid birth”, is when the baby is delivered completely enclosed within the unruptured amniotic sac (caul). There are exceptionally enchanting deliveries and said to be a token of good fortune. This phenomenon actually occurs in less than 1 in 80000 labors, rendering it extremely rare …