Pregnant women’s concerns and antenatal care during Covid-19 lockdown of the Danish society

Gritt Overbeck, Ida Scheel Rasmussen, Volkert Dirk Siersma, Julie Høgsgaard Andersen, Jakob Kragstrup, Philip Wilson, Anette Hauskov Graungaard, Ruth Kirk Ertmann

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Abstract

During the early period of the COVID-19 outbreak, access to health care changed. Many functions in Danish society closed down from the 12th of March (lock-down), and began to reopen on the 15th of April 2020.
All public employees who did not perform critical functions were sent home from work on March 12th; and all private employers were urged to have as many employees as possible working from home (1). The COVID-19/corona pandemic changed the way we socialized with each other, in order to avoid getting and
spreading the infection. These changes affected people differently depending on their life situation, use of healthcare services, health condition, and perception of risk. As a precaution, the Danish Health Authority considered pregnant women a high-risk group; they were sent an e-mail informing them about preventive measures, including self-isolation. Such measures, along with the overwhelming societal focus on COVID19 in early 2020, might be expected to influence the mental health of pregnant women (2)
Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Medical Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Oct 2020

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    Overbeck, G., Rasmussen, I. S., Dirk Siersma, V., Høgsgaard Andersen, J., Kragstrup, J., Wilson, P., Graungaard, A. H., & Ertmann, R. K. (Accepted/In press). Pregnant women’s concerns and antenatal care during Covid-19 lockdown of the Danish society. Danish Medical Journal.