Comparing Pregnancy, Birth Outcomes Before vs During Pandemic

JAMA Network Open


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About The Study: During the first 14 months of the COVID-19 pandemic there were small but significant increases in pregnancy-related complications and maternal death during delivery hospitalization in this study of more than 1.6 million pregnant patients across 463 hospitals. The number of live births decreased by 5.2%. Further efforts are needed to ensure risks potentially associated with the COVID-19 pandemic do not persist beyond the current state of the pandemic.

Authors: Rose L. Molina, M.D., M.P.H., of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is the corresponding author.



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