Covid-19 causes stagnant birth, maternal mortality and global increase in depression, reviews found

A review published Wednesday in the Lancet Journal found that according to pool data from 40 studies covering 17 countries, static births and maternal mortality increased by almost a third.

Ectopic pregnancies increased nearly sixfold – while fertilized eggs hatched outside a woman’s uterus between January 2020 and January 2021, the review found. Untreated, ectopic pregnancies can cause life-threatening bleeding.

Researchers at St George’s University in London have determined that many of these problems may be due to a lack of medical care during an epidemic. Hospitals were overcrowded with Covid-19 patients, and some women may be reluctant to go to the doctor, worried they may be exposed to Covid-19.

According to six of the 10 studies evaluated by the research, the research found that the number of women reporting symptoms of depression has increased. Maternal anxiety rates were also higher.

Globally, one rate that hasn’t changed much is the number of pre-term births. Pool data from high-income countries showed a 10% reduction in premature births. Why it is unclear. Rates remained the same in low- and middle-income countries.

With premature birth, no cause is identified. Dr Erkan Kalafet, co-author of the study at Coke University in Turkey, said he hoped researchers would better understand what they learned from the study about premature birth.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from COVID-19 epidemic experiences to plan for the future of inclusive and equitable maternity care worldwide,” Clafet said.

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The study found no real change in the number of people who reported pregnancy-related complications of a disease such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes and the epidemic changed the number of cesarean sections or did not require doctors to induce pregnancy rates. Labor

Studies show that the epidemic has had disproportionately negative effects on mothers and children living in low- and middle-income countries.

“It is clear from our study and others that epidemic disruption has led to avoidable deaths for both mothers and children, especially in low- and middle-income countries,” said lead author Dr Asma Khalil, a professor of obstetrics at St George’s University in London . “We urge policymakers and healthcare leaders to prioritize safe, accessible and consistent maternity care within the epidemic and its subsequent strategic response, to reduce the adverse consequences of pregnancy worldwide.”

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Dr. Dennis Jamieson calls the results of this study “relevant.” Jameson could not work on the study, but James Robert McCord is chair of the gynecology and gynecology department at Emory University and a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Covid Ob Expert Work Group.

“Overall, this provides compelling evidence that the effects of the epidemic go well beyond the effects of covid infection,” Jamison said. “It shows that there are many long-term adverse effects on maternal and infant health that can be sustained beyond the epidemic.”

Jameson said scientists have seen similar problems in countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, which began in 2013.

“This is an example we’ve seen before,” Jamison said. “When you have an infectious disease that consumes too many health resources and affects large sections of the population, maternal and infant health suffers.”