Study explores maternity care during pandemic

INFANT Research Centre researchers seek parents’ experiences of maternity care during pandemic in global study

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue

The Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health (INFANT) Research Centre at University College Cork (UCC) is to collaborate with global partners on a new online survey to determine how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected parents, who have given birth, or had a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death during the outbreak.

The COntinuing care in COVID-19 Outbreak: A global survey of New and expectant parent experiences (COCOON) study is being led by researchers at the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, INFANT Research Centre, UCC in partnership with the Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Australia, and researchers from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, amongst others.

The comprehensive online survey seeks to understand the psychosocial experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic on parents who have given birth, or the experiences of parents who had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death during this outbreak.

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, Dr Margaret Murphy, and the team within the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, based at the INFANT Research Centre are leading investigators in the area of pregnancy loss and perinatal death.

“Pregnancy loss at any time is a difficult and painful experience. This is one of the few studies worldwide to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the experiences of bereaved parents after the end of a pregnancy or the death of a baby,” said Dr O’Donoghue.

“We need to understand the new challenges and concerns of these parents to improve the care we offer in all our maternity units.”

The INFANT Research Centre is Ireland’s first translational research centre focused entirely on pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.

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