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Exploring modifiable risk-factors for premature birth in the context of COVID-19 mitigation measures: A discussion paper

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Green, J and Petty, J and Whiting, L and Fowler, C, Exploring modifiable risk-factors for premature birth in the context of COVID-19 mitigation measures: A discussion paper, Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 27, (3) pp. 172-179. ISSN 1355-1841 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2020.11.004

Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents with sick or premature babies have faced challenges following admission to a neonatal unit due to the imposed lock-down restrictions on social contact, hospital visitation and the wearing of personal protective equipment. The negative short-term impact on neonatal care in relation to the prevention of close proximity, contact and bonding between parents and babies is potentially significant. However, an interesting finding has been reported of a reduction in premature birth admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit during the pandemic, raising important questions. Why was this? Was it related to the effect of the modifiable risk-factors for premature birth? This discussion paper focuses on an exploration of these factors in the light of the potential impact of COVID-19 restrictions on neonatal care. After contextualising both the effect of premature birth and the pandemic on neonatal and parental short-term outcomes, the discussion turns to the modifiable risk-factors for premature birth and makes recommendations relevant to the education, advice and care given to expectant mothers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics
Research Field:Neonatology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Green, J (Dr Janet Green)
ID Code:146425
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-09-07
Last Modified:2021-09-07
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