Intended Support Strategies Among Pregnant Women Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author(s)

Gracie Minks

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tishra Beeson (Public Health)

Abstract

Pregnant women have faced rapidly changing information about COVID-19 disease and its related outcome. As health systems and providers shifted care delivery models to adapt to the realities of pregnancy care during a pandemic, some pregnant women may have experienced changes to their care experience and gaps in their intended support services or strategies. This pilot study surveyed pregnant women in their third trimester (n = 297) about their intended use of supports, services, and benefits prior to COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic, and any alterations to their plans for using these support strategies during the pandemic. Paired t-tests were used to analyze differences between intentions for support service utilization between the two reporting periods. Linear regression models were used to test associations between the number of support strategies reported by pregnant women and demographic characteristics, as well as outcomes of interest such as perinatal depression, measured on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). This study highlights the importance of family-professional partnerships through a continuum of care, establishing and improving communities and systems for the MCH population, and robust resource assistance and referrals to health and social service providers for pregnant women as they navigate the complexity and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring a person-centered, flexible, and responsive coordination of care model that is reflective of local contexts is vital to meeting the overall health and social needs of pregnant women during a time of high uncertainty.

Keywords: Health, COVID-19, Pregnancy

Presentation

4 thoughts on “Intended Support Strategies Among Pregnant Women Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  1. Jordan Lancaster

    Your poster and presentation were both put together very well! Not only was your data highlighted appropriately, but you did very well in presenting the important aspects of the study. The study’s findings were quite interesting, as this shows that the pandemic really is affecting many aspects of people’s lives. How do you think communities should use the implications from your study for future families and mothers?

  2. Victoria Hussung

    Great job Gracie! I enjoyed your presentation! It gave a lot of great information about pregnant women receiving supportive care during and after pregnancy while in the midst of a pandemic. The pandemic has impacted many people especially expecting mothers. You can see that there was a huge decrease on receiving care such as education classes on childbirth and support groups for postpartum. I can not imagine how much of an impact this was since these services can be vital to the mother/family who had a child during COVID-19. As we are learning more about COVID-19 and have came out with vaccines. How can communities come together to provide adequate services and care to the mother/family during and after childbirth due to the pandemic?

  3. Aritzandi Martinez

    This was a very interesting presentation! well organized too. By identifying pregnant women’s concerns while childbirth and after childbirth due to COVID-19, you are shining a light on policies and programs that assist pregnant women during this pandemic. These findings should be taken into account in order to fulfill any gaps in services and programs to better assist pregnant women and expecting families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Great job!

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