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Part 1: COVID-19 and knowledge for midwifery practice—impact and care of pregnant women


Green, Janet and Jones, L and Petty, J and Bromley, PI and Fowler, C and Walker, K, Part 1: COVID-19 and knowledge for midwifery practice impact and care of pregnant women, British Journal of Midwifery, 29, (4) pp. 2-9. ISSN 0969-4900 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/bjom.2021.29.4.224


The emergence of viral diseases, such as COVID-19, represents a global public health threat, particularly the high-impact animal viruses that have switched hosts and are able to be transmitted within human populations. Pandemics threaten the general population; however, there are special groups, such as pregnant women and their babies, which may be at a higher risk of, or more severely affected by infection. Pregnancy is considered a unique immunological condition; therefore, current challenges include decisions on preventing and treating infections during pregnancy and the possible implications for the fetus and newborn infant. This integrative review, the first of a two-part series, analyses selected literature on COVID-19 within maternal and newborn care, drawing on key themes relating to the impact on the pregnant woman. The themes discussed are: the nature of the immune system in pregnant and newly birthed mothers, maternal risk, mode and timing of birth, care during pregnancy and childbirth, and the transition to parenthood including the implications for practice for maternal mental wellbeing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Covid-19, babies, neonate, mother
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Green, Janet (Dr Janet Green)
UTAS Author:Jones, L (Dr Linda Jones)
UTAS Author:Bromley, PI (Ms Patricia Bromley)
ID Code:143932
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-04-12
Last Modified:2021-05-27

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