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2023 Feb 03

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth



Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor and childbirth care practices in Brazil: a cross-sectional study.


de Menezes F R, da Silva T P R, Felisbino-Mendes M S, Dos Santos L C, de Almeida Pereira Canastra M A, Filipe M M L, Abreu M N S, Lana F C F, Ferreira F M, Moreira A D, FranciscaMartins E, Matozinhos F P
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Feb 03; 23(1):91.
PMID: 36732728.


It has been hypothesized that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the conduct of obstetric practices at the time of labor, delivery, and birth. In Brazil, many practices lacking scientific evidence are implemented in this care, which is charcaterized by excessive use of unnecessary interventions. This scenario may have been worsened by the pandemic. Thus, we analyzed the effects of the pandemic on care during prenatal care and delivery by comparing the results of two surveys (one was administered before the pandemic and the other during the pandemic) in public hospitals in Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil.