What we do not yet know, is what the psycho-social impact of COVID-19 has been on new parents through pregnancy, into parenthood, and also on those parents whose babies are stillborn or die in the immediate days since being born. This study aims to better understand the experiences of these parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Background to the study
This research study is a global initiative to investigate the experiences of pregnant and postpartum women, and their partners, accessing maternity care during the global COVID-19 pandemic. King’s College London is leading the UK arm of the study. The results will inform strategies to improve care for women and their families during this or any future similar outbreak.
The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of pregnant and postpartum women, and their partners, accessing maternity care during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the short- and long-term psychological and social effects of this pandemic outbreak. We also seek to understand the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on parents who have experienced stillbirth or neonatal death during this period. This will help identify areas in which improvements can be made.
We also seek to understand the impact of maternity care changes in response to COVID-19 on the wellbeing of women and families who have experienced a stillbirth or neonatal death. The death of a baby before or soon after birth is a highly distressing outcome of pregnancy for parents, families and their health care providers. The quality of bereavement care can have lasting consequences for parents’ wellbeing.