Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Week of June 1, 2020

Once a month we are discussing current events in maternal health care. A lot has happened since our last installment! Take a look at studies released in the last month below. 


  • In an article published by The Lancet: Global Health, a study analyzing the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries found that due to widespread disruption to health systems and reduced access to food, low and middle-income countries can expect to see large increases in maternal and child deaths. Read more about the study here.


  • A study conducting a systematic review of the clinical outcomes reported for pregnant patients with COVID-19 found the high rate of preterm delivery caused by cesarean delivery is cause for concern despite vertical transmission of the coronavirus being excluded thus far. An additional study also suggests vaginal delivery may be the safest delivery option. 


  • Lastly, check out this blog post on the work that the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is conducting to address flaws in the data collection and analysis of maternal mortality in the United States. Publication of maternal mortality data was suspended in 2007 due to errors in data collection and reporting. Updated methodology for coding maternal deaths was updated and applied to 2018 maternal mortality data and released in January this year. 



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