Pandemic Increased Pregnancy Stress In American Women: Study

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The results indicate that one of their biggest concerns is that their baby will contract the disease. Some women have expressed fears that just going to the hospital to give birth would cause them to catch the virus and then be forced to self-isolate from their newborn.

“Pregnant women are really stressed out about contracting Covid-19,” said lead author Celestina Barbosa-Leiker from the University of Washington State Health Sciences Spokane in the United States.

“They have a lot of questions for their healthcare providers. There are a lot that we don’t know yet, which is understandable, but it’s especially stressful for moms,” added Barbosa-Leiker.

For the study, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the team analyzed survey responses from more than 160 pregnant and postpartum women. They gathered both responses to quantitative surveys from the whole group and more in-depth qualitative responses from a subset of women.

In the study, 52% of pregnant women and 49% of postpartum women were concerned that their babies would contract Covid-19, and 46% had requested additional information about Covid-19 protocols at the hospital where they planned to deliver, or delivered, their babies.

In the qualitative part of the survey, women reported many serious concerns. For example, one participant noted that his main concern during the pandemic was contracting Covid-19 and dying.

Others feared contracting the virus in hospital during childbirth and that Covid-19 policies would require them to self-isolate from their newborn or keep their partners out of the delivery room, according to the study.