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Balancing restrictions and access to maternity care for women and birthing partners during the COVID-19 pandemic : The psychosocial impact of suboptimal care

Balancing restrictions and access to maternity care for women and birthing partners during the COVID-19 pandemic : The psychosocial impact of suboptimal care


Title: Balancing restrictions and access to maternity care for women and birthing partners during the COVID-19 pandemic : The psychosocial impact of suboptimal care
Author: Lalor, J.
Ayers, S.
Celleja Agius, J.
Downe, S.
Gouni, O.
Hartmann, K.
Nieuwenhuijze, M.
Oosterman, M.
Turner, J. D.
Karlsdottir, Sigfríður Inga
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Date: 2021-07-16
Language: English
Scope: 6
University/Institute: University of Akureyri
Series: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; ()
ISSN: 1470-0328
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16844
Subject: Fæðingarhjálp; Meðganga; COVID-19; Maternity care; COVID-19; Quality care; Restrictions; Obstetrics and Gynecology
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2984

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Lalor , J , Ayers , S , Celleja Agius , J , Downe , S , Gouni , O , Hartmann , K , Nieuwenhuijze , M , Oosterman , M , Turner , J D , Karlsdottir , S I & Horsch , A 2021 , ' Balancing restrictions and access to maternity care for women and birthing partners during the COVID-19 pandemic : The psychosocial impact of suboptimal care ' , BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology . https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16844

Abstract:

1 Maternity services across Europe during the pandemic has undergone changes to limit virus transmission; however, many changes are not evidence-based. 2 Although these changes were introduced to keep women, babies and healthcare staff safe, the exclusion of companions and the separation of mothers and babies is particularly antithetical to a human rights-based approach to quality care. 3 A poll of COST Action 18211 network members showed that inconsistency in the application of restrictions was high, and there were significant deviations from the recommendations of authoritative bodies. 4 Concerns have emerged that restrictions in practice may have longer term negative impacts on mothers and their families and, in particular, may impact on the long-term health of babies. 5 When practice changes deviate from evidence-based frameworks that underpin quality care, they must be monitored, appraised and evaluated to minimise unintended iatrogenic effects.

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Funding Information: Online Open publication funded by COST Action 18211.

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