How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women and their babies?

Project specs




Shakila Thangaratinam



Funding agency

WHO (World Health Organization)




Since the identification of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), there have been concerns about how the virus might affect pregnant women and their babies, including whether the virus can be transmitted from the mother to child, via the placenta, body fluids during delivery or while breastfeeding. An international team of researchers working with the World Health Organisation at the University of Birmingham’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s are carrying out a continuous and comprehensive systematic review of all published and unpublished studies on COVID-19 in pregnancy, to address questions on prevalence, symptoms and complication of COVID-19 in pregnant women, to provide up-to-date information which can be used to inform and improve care for pregnant women and their babies.

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