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Millions of U.S. women are pregnant in a pandemic. Here’s what we know — and what we don’t. (The Lily)
March 26, 2020
From the article:
“…Experts are worried about the impact of these disruptions in maternal health care. In the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, fewer women used maternal health services for fear of going to hospitals packed with infected patients. As a result, maternal mortality increased even for women who weren’t infected.
‘Unfortunately, we know that past epidemics have taken a great toll on pregnant women and newborns, with large spikes in maternal and neonatal deaths due to disrupted access to labor and delivery care,’ says Carleigh Krubiner, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and faculty member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
‘As resources are rapidly deployed to meet the needs of patients severely affected by covid-19, we cannot forget that other patient groups also have critical and urgent health needs during this time,’ Krubiner says. ‘This includes pregnant women, who will continue to need essential obstetrical services in the coming months to safely carry and deliver their babies…’”