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Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8): 557-560.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.59
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Provision of Critical Maternity Care during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Nasrin Changizi 1 ORCID logo, Alireza Raeisi 2, Hamed Barekati 3, Abbas Habibolahi 4, Haniye Sadat Sajadi 5 * ORCID logo, Nezhat Emami-Afshar 6, Laleh Radpooyan 6

1 Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran & Maternal Health Department, Population, Family and School Health Office, Deputy of Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
2 Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran & Deputy of Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
3 Population, Family and School Health Office, Deputy of Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
4 Neonatal Health Department, Population, Family and School Health Office, Deputy of Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
5 Knowledge Utilization Research Center, University Research and Development Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
6 Maternal Health Department, Population, Family and School Health Office, Deputy of Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

Reducing maternal mortality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although there is no vigorous evidence that pregnant women are in the high-risk groups in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is crucial to respond to the pandemic through providing required action plans for confirmed or suspected pregnant women cases while maintaining routine functions. Iran’s response and preparedness measures to COVID-19 aimed to meet the essential needs required to protect pregnant women and their families. Establishing a national maternal health network, relying on mechanisms for timely reporting, monitoring, and following-up, preparing guidelines and protocols required for COVID-19 management in pregnant women though a multidisciplinary team working approach, and embedding the precautions of reducing transmission in maternity care were the main measures taken to cope with COVID-19 in pregnancy. Iran’s experience in providing maternity care during the COVID-19 can guide other countries affected by COVID-19. However, it should be adapted to local health-care facilities, as well as in response to any further updates on COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19, Disease outbreaks, Epidemics, Maternal health services, Mortality, Pregnancy
Cite this article as: Changizi N, Raeisi A, Barekati H, Habibollahi A, Sajadi HS, Emami-Afshar N, et al. Provision of critical maternity care during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8):557–560. doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.59.
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Submitted: 11 Apr 2020
Accepted: 02 Jun 2020
ePublished: 01 Aug 2020
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