Setting up a specialized maternity unit in a tertiary hospital: An oasis for pregnant women with COVID-19 during the pandemic

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Abstract

Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on society and the medical environment in Taiwan in 2022. As pregnant women with COVID-19 are at higher risk for multiple complications, Taiwan needs a COVID-19 specialized maternity unit to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal care. Materials and methods: We share our experience with specialized maternity unit for pregnant women with COVID-19 at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital, where we can have careful evaluation, safe birth, and comprehensive postpartum care. Results: Our COVID-19 specialized maternity unit enrolled 253 pregnant women with COVID-19, 90 (35.6%) pregnant women were admitted to the specialized maternity unit, and 71 (28.1%) pregnant women gave birth during hospitalization in two months. All pregnant women recovery well and real-time polymerase chain reaction tests on all infants were negative for COVID-19. Conclusion: A specialized maternity unit can provide pregnant women with a safe birth environment, immediate maternity care, and high medical quality. It can also help health workers in non-specialized maternity units deal with COVID-19-related psychological stress. Therefore, setting up one specialized maternity unit in the city during the pandemic should be guardedly considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-829
Number of pages7
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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