10 Nov 2020 | Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee
During COVID-19 restrictions in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are four important things maternity services can do to support women,* as this poster describes.
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It is important for the lead maternity carer or midwife to make contact with the woman early in pregnancy, so she can be assessed for risk factors and referred for other appointments, if needed.
If asking a woman to come to hospital for care or assessment, reassure them it is safe to do so, even during the COVID-19 response.
Make sure maternity units have immediate access to safe sleep devices for those who need them.
The maternity team should provide a woman with a clear discharge summary, including:
* The need for these reminders were identified by maternity specialists who reviewed the maternal deaths that occurred in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020.