Pregnancy During the Pandemic

Parents-to-be are rushing to adjust their birth plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic—and so are hospitals, The Atlantic reports.

Right now there are more questions than answers.

Who will care for kids when their moms go into labor? Who can be in the delivery room? Should asymptomatic moms who test positive be separated from their newborns? What about if their test results are pending?

There’s no evidence to suggest pregnant women are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general public. However, pregnant women have “distracted immune systems” which may leave them more susceptible to complications if they do contract it, Propublica reports.

Amid all this anxiety, telehealth offers families some respite—and, facing the possibility that their birthing hospital will be overrun with COVID-19 cases, more families are considering home births, Vox reports.

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