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Minerva Obstetrics and Gynecology 2021 April;73(2):261-7

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-606X.20.04701-2


language: English

Rebirth in a COVID hospital: a point of view

Carlo DORIZZI 1 , Francesca SCOTTON 2, Federica MERLIN 1, Giulia GUIDETTI 1, Elena MARCON 3, Domenico MONTEMURRO 3, Alberto RIGO 3, Patrizia BENINI 4

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ospedali Riuniti Padova Sud, Monselice, Padua, Italy; 2 Department of Cardiac-Thoracic-Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; 3 Ospedali Riuniti Padova Sud, Monselice, Padua, Italy; 4 ULSS 6 Euganea, Padua, Italy

BACKGROUND: Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, governments have taken actions to limit the transmission of the virus such as lockdown measures and reorganization of the local Health System. Quarantine measures have influenced pregnant women’s daily lives. The aim of this study was to understand the impact of the changes imposed by COVID-19 emergency on the well-being of pregnant women and how the transformation of Schiavonia Hospital into a dedicated COVID hospital affected their pregnancy experience.
METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted. Pregnant women who gave birth in Schiavonia Hospital during the period May-September 2020 have been included. The assessment examined clinical characteristics, attitudes in relation to the pandemic and how it affected birth plans, perception of information received, and attitudes regards giving birth in a COVID hospital.
RESULTS: One hundred four women responded to the survey, with an enrolment rate of 58%. About the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, 51% of respondents reported changing some aspect of their lifestyle. The identification of Schiavonia Hospital as COVID hospital did not modify the trust in the facility and in the obstetrics ward for the 90% of women, in fact for the 85.6% it was the planned Birth Center since the beginning of pregnancy. The communication was complete and exhaustive for 82.7% of the respondents.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the COVID hospital transformation, the women who came to give birth at Schiavonia Birth Center rated the healthcare assistance received at high level, evidencing high affection for the structure and the healthcare workers.

KEY WORDS: Pregnancy; COVID-19; Social isolation; Pandemics

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