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Part 2: COVID-19 and knowledge for midwifery practice—impact and care of the baby


Green, J and Jones, L and Petty, J and Bromley, P and Fowler, C and Walker, K, Part 2: COVID-19 and knowledge for midwifery practice impact and care of the baby, British Journal of Midwifery, 29, (5) pp. 286-293. ISSN 0969-4900 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/bjom.2021.29.5.286


It is well-known that newborn infants are more susceptible to infection due to their immature host defence mechanisms. However, in relation to the COVID-19 virus, it appears that the naivete of the neonatal immune system has afforded some protection against the inflammatory response experienced by adolescents and adults. That said, COVID-19 and the associated changes in practice and policies implemented in response to the pandemic, has had an impact on the care of the baby during the perinatal and neonatal period. This article is the second in a two-part series focusing on important care issues relating to the newborn baby specifically, taken from an integrative review of current literature within the maternal and neonatal field. This paper analyses the emerging themes from selected literature to add to a developing body of knowledge; namely, physiological differences between the newborn baby and adult, neonatal management including, preterm labour and delivery, newborn resuscitation, investigations, care of the newborn, the importance of human milk and breastfeeding, and the implications of COVID-19 restrictions. Finally, an overview of the World Health Organization guidance will be outlined for a global view and summary.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:impact of COVID-19, newborn care, implications for midwifery practice
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:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Green, J (Dr Janet Green)
UTAS Author:Jones, L (Dr Linda Jones)
UTAS Author:Bromley, P (Ms Patricia Bromley)
ID Code:144808
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-06-11
Last Modified:2021-09-29

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