Other content tagged: maternal health

Development of a WHO Core Outcome Set (COS) for maternal and perinatal health for the next epidemic or pandemic: involvement of EFCNI in the process

EFCNI contributes to efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop a Core Outcome Set (COS) for maternal and perinatal health in anticipation of future epidemics or pandemics. Joining an international expert group, led by EFCNI Chairwoman Silke Mader, we advocate for considering and incorporating crucial patient perspectives. Maternal and perinatal health are often directly and indirectly affected during outbreaks of infectious diseases. The consequences can be dire. Women and their families face uncertainty and confusion as access to…
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Maternal stress, depression, and attachment in the NICU, before and during the COVID pandemic

A study from the University of Geneva analysed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mothers’ postnatal depression, stress, and their attachment process with the baby. The results showed a trend of increased depression and stress symptoms in mothers during COVID-19, which also challenged the attachment process. Higher levels of depression and anxiety are believed to be part of women's birthing and post-partum experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, if a preterm baby requires hospitalisation, the mother faces not only…
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Benefits of healthy lifestyle interventions in improving maternal and infant health outcomes

The review reports evidence from meta-analyses on smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, diet and physical activity at reducing the risk of adverse health outcomes. The outcomes vary, yet diet and physical activity appear to be the variables with the most significant impact on maternal and infant health. Fetal and infant health is related to maternal behaviours during pregnancy. Some adverse pregnancy outcomes such as maternal and perinatal mortality, low birthweight, and preterm birth share common…
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