Tishra Beeson (Public Health)
COVID-19 has impacted each of us and dramatically affected our health and the health care system. The CDC has recorded that the cases in the United States have exceeded 29,000,000, and there have been more than 500,000 deaths. In the case of health care workers, there have been more than 440,000 cases and 1,400 deaths. Pregnant women cases have exceeded over 75,279, with more than 82 deaths. The purpose of this presentation is to evaluate and analyze the collective experience of pregnant women during a major pandemic. The qualitative method was used to study the experience of 290 pregnant women in the United States through a web-based questionnaire survey. The survey asked each participant how their pregnancy or childbirth experience changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The collective experience of the participants included: increased challenges with health care communication, limitations on prenatal education, and elevated anxiety due to uncertainties during a pandemic. The research raises several issues which require further investigation. These areas include additional support for pregnant women and their teams in telemedicine, how to reduce anxiety for pregnant women and their families, and effective birthing education during a pandemic.
Keywords: Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Pandemic, Health Care