Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 4 - 2021
Comparison of Outcomes among Pregnant Women with or without COVID-19 during Intrapartum and Postpartum Care: A Longitudinal-Study
Shaista Zubair1*, Afsheen Mahboob2, Idoracaera Ikhwan3, Mah Jabeen4, Surekha Kanchanagari5, Afshana Ali5, Maryam Younus6 and Zubair Anwar7
1sSenior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Good Hope Hospitals, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK
2Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK, Clinical Trust Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Good Hope Hospitals, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK
3ST2 Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK
4ST3 Trainee (MRCOG Part-1) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK
5Junior Specialty Doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK
6CPSP College of Physcician and Surgeons Pakistan/University of Karachi, Pakistan
7ENT Specialist, The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
*Corresponding Author: Shaista Zubair MRCOG.UK, MRCPI. Ireland, FCPS, MCPS, Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Good Hope Hospitals, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
Received: September 29, 2020; Published: March 25, 2021


Background: COVID-19 is spreading quickly across the world. However, little is known about the relation between COVID-19 infection and the risk of unfavorable intrapartum, pregnancy-related fetal-maternal and postnatal outcomes in pregnant women.

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in suspected pregnant women and compare the intrapartum care, analgesic requirements, mode of delivery, postpartum complication, feto-maternal outcomes, postnatal treatment and care amongst pregnant women with or without COVID-19.

Subjects and Method: This retrospective comparative study was carried out at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) during the first wave of COVID-19, between 20 th March and 1 stJune 2020. Ethical approval was received from the hospital ethical committee. Detailed data was obtained of 63 admitted suspected COVID-19 pregnant women, from the hospital records. Swabs were taken for confirmation of COVID-19. All precautions and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were considered to limit the transmission of disease. After confirmation, patients were separated as positive and negative cases. Details regarding demographics, medical conditions at admission, intrapartum care and analgesic requirements, mode of delivery, indications of C-section, postpartum complication, feto-maternal outcomes, postnatal treatment and care were obtained from electronic medical records using standard proforma. All patients were followed during hospitalisation until discharge. Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS Version 24.0. Descriptive statistics for quantitative variables reported as mean and standard deviation, categorical variables measured as frequency and percentages. Statistical tests including: chi-square test, fisher exact test and t-test were applied to check the association at 5% significance level.

Results: During study duration, 63 suspected pregnant women delivered with mean age 28.6 ± 5.64 years; 27% were COVID-19 positive. Pregnancy outcomes are shown as follows for COVID-19 positive and negative patients. Presence of partner (58.8% vs. 78.3%; P: 0.112), C-section (76.5% vs. 80.8%), low APGAR at 1 minute (12.5% vs. 14.3%: P: 0.615), low birth weight (29.4% vs. 15.9%; P: 0.200), usage of antibiotic (64.7% vs. 58.7%; P: 0.665), oxygen therapy (58.8% vs. 34.8%; P: 0.085), Maternal HDU admission (17.6% vs. 0%; P: 0.017), ITU admission (11.8% vs. 0%; P: 0.070), breast feeding (23.5% vs. 39.1%; P: 0.249)and mean length of hospital stay (3.53 vs. 2.09; P: 0.004).

Conclusion: This study determined that older age, overweight/obese, multiparous and obstetric comorbid patients had higher risk of getting infected. There was no difference observed in any aspect of intrapartum care. Furthermore, there was increased usage of antibiotic in COVID-19 positive cases. Similarly maternal High Dependency Unit (HDU), Intensive Care Unit (ITU) and hospital admissions were significantly higher in COVID-19 positive patients. This study concluded that: COVID-19 may not lead to unfavorable Intrapartum and postnatal outcomes.

Keywords: COVID-19; Pregnancy; Suspected; Intrapartum Care; Analgesic Requirements; Mode of Delivery; Postpartum Complication; Feto-Maternal Outcomes; Postnatal Treatment; Pregnant Women


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