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Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8): 557-560.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.59

Scopus ID: 85090492714
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COVID-19

National Report

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
*Corresponding Author: Email: hsajjadi@tums.ac.ir

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.

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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