Survey: Half of Americans are concerned about new moms, babies in public due to COVID-19

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There are a lot of health concerns that come with pregnancy, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional fears about risks for both mom and baby.

A new national survey conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center confirms these fears, finding that nearly 80% of respondents would be concerned about themselves or an expectant mother in their life in the midst of the current COVID-19 outbreak, with almost half expressing fear of going to a scheduled prenatal appointment.

Among the more than 2,000 respondents, 51% would be concerned about sending their child to daycare or a babysitter and over 45% would be concerned about visiting public places while pregnant and after their baby is born.

While concerns about COVID-19 are valid and precautions should be taken, it’s also important to manage these fears and ensure proper care. Medical offices are taking many extra steps for the safety of their patients and staff, such as wearing masks, face shields and gloves and wiping down surfaces between patients.

“We’ve taken a close look at limiting appointments and determining the minimum number of visits and tests that women need in pregnancy to ensure they and their baby are healthy and well cared for,” Dr. Schaffir said. “So it's important for women to know that when we say you need to come in to the office or the hospital, that really is the case.”

Watch the video below for more tips from Dr. Schaffir.