A new batch of gynecological studies has revealed that babies have been dying in the womb since the COVID-19 outbreak in March. Researchers believe that the epidemic may have caused or lack of clinical access among pregnant mothers leading to congenital complications, sometimes leading to childbirth.
“What we have done is cause an unexpected spike in Stillbirth while trying to protect [pregnant women] COVID-19, “Jane Warland, a midwife at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, told Nature.
The assertion is based on a review of the findings of several recent international reports from countries including India, Nepal, England and Scotland.
In August, the global health journal The Lancet published a study with data from over 20,000 pregnant mothers in nine hospitals in Nepal. Physicians there noted a 50% increase in Stillbirth: from 14 per 1,000 births, before the epidemic, to 1,000 per 1,000 by the end of May. They found that the rate had increased, especially during the first month of the epidemic, while residents were left almost entirely in their homes.
“Nepal has made significant progress in the health outcomes of women and their infants over the last 20 years, but the past few months have skewed that progress,” said study analyst Ashish Casey, a perinatal epidemiologist at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
On paper, the total number of stillbirths was not, in fact, changed. However, Casey and his colleagues interpreted the rate increase by stating that the number of births actually occurring in hospitals fell by half during the epidemic, from an average of 1,261 births to just 651 each week before lockdown.
According to another study by The Lancet, Nepal’s larger neighbor, India did no better. Doctors reported an increase in stillbirth rates, as well as a decline in emergency pregnancy care by two-thirds – indicating that more births were occurring outside the hospital, at home, or in other non-hospital facilities.
The same trend was seen in UK hospitals. At St George’s, a University of London hospital, health care workers discovered that their delivery rates quadrupled between 2.38 and 9.31 per 1,000 births between October 2019 and June 2020. His report appeared on JAMA Online in July. Nearby Scotland has unfortunately joined the trend, according to a nature analysis of the birth records of that country.
By nature, with a significant increase in deaths due to heart disease and diabetes, coronovirus restrictions and fears are also squeezing into other areas of health.
Maimuna Mazumdar, a computational epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, described a difficult situation for a science journal: “You died from something else, but you died because of something else, because of the system that initially took care of you. Were not strong enough now. ”