Experiences of Women Who Gave Birth in US Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Elizabeth Mollard, Amaya Wittmaack

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of women who gave birth in a US hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women who gave birth between March and July 2020 completed a survey on the experience of giving birth during a pandemic. Of this, 885 women were consented and participated in the study; 22.5% of women reported hypertension, 33.8% reported anxiety, 18.6% reported depression, and 1.13% reported testing positive for COVID-19. Of this, 61% of women reported inadequate support for childbirth, and 20.5% reported that they did not feel safe giving birth in the hospital. Women who tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to be of Asian race, have a cesarean delivery, not have a birth partner present, and discontinue breastfeeding before 6 weeks. Pandemic-related changes to maternity care practices may have impacted birthing women’s perceptions of safety and support in the hospital environment and affected symptoms of stress. Health care policy and maternity care practices should promote feelings of safety and control and overall experience for women giving birth in the hospital during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • health care
  • patient safety
  • planning or policy
  • pregnant
  • women’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)

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