Expert consensus for managing pregnant women and neonates born to mothers with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2020 May;149(2):130-136. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13146. Epub 2020 Apr 1.


Objective: To provide clinical management guidelines for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in pregnancy.

Methods: On February 5, 2020, a multidisciplinary teleconference comprising Chinese physicians and researchers was held and medical management strategies of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy were discussed.

Results: Ten key recommendations were provided for the management of COVID-19 infections in pregnancy.

Conclusion: Currently, there is no clear evidence regarding optimal delivery timing, the safety of vaginal delivery, or whether cesarean delivery prevents vertical transmission at the time of delivery; therefore, route of delivery and delivery timing should be individualized based on obstetrical indications and maternal-fetal status.

Keywords: COVID-19; Expert consensus; Management guidelines; Neonates; Pregnant women.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Consensus
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical / prevention & control*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / therapy*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / virology
  • Risk Factors
  • SARS-CoV-2