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Letters Covid-19 and pregnancy

Collateral damage of the covid-19 pandemic: a Dutch perinatal perspective

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 12 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2326
  1. E Joanne Verweij, obstetrician1,
  2. H Ismaili M’hamdi, medical ethicist2,
  3. E A P Steegers, professor in obstetrics and gynaecology1,
  4. I K M Reiss, professor in neonatology3,
  5. S Schoenmakers, obstetrician1
  1. 1Division of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Postbus 2060, 3000 CB Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  3. 3Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, Netherlands
  1. e.verweij{at}

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has rapidly prepared guidelines for covid-19, like other professional organisations, based on the available data.12 Yet, the covid-19 pandemic will have multifaceted effects.

We have noticed that pregnant women are now more hesitant to visit the hospital as they perceive an increased risk of infection. Depending on gestational age and medical and social status, we think this is …

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