Newborns at risk of COVID-19, the story continues

J Perinat Med. 2024 May 15. doi: 10.1515/jpm-2024-0125. Online ahead of print.


After more than 4 years of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, a great deal of knowledge on how this virus affects pregnant women, the fetus and the newborn has accumulated. Guidelines for mode of delivery, cord clamping, skin to skin, breastfeeding, and rooming-in have become uniform across the world. Vaccination has considerably improved outcomes, but hesitancy amongst pregnant patients and the emergence of variants remain challenged and SARS-CoV-2 positivity during pregnancy continues to be associated with an increased risk of maternal complications, premature delivery and higher neonatal mortality and morbidity. An emerging body of data now exists on the effect of SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy on early neonatal outcomes, medical education in obstetrics and pediatrics, and longer-term developmental outcomes. In this article, we review the development in this field since our last review.

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  • Review