Introduction: Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed all our lives in a significant way. Despite the fact that pregnant women were placed in the ‘vulnerable group’, antenatal care services have been affected by the pandemic. We are conducting the study to find the impact of COVID-19 on antenatal care and its impact on maternal and perinatal outcomes and thereby giving us an insight on how to improve our provision of care.
Objectives: 1. To find the effect of COVID-19 on obstetric care delivery in non-covid and covid patients. 2. To assess the maternal and perinatal outcome in Covid positive patients.
Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive study conducted at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala during the period of April 2020 to December 2020. All pregnant women who delivered here during the period were taken in the study. Data was collected through pre prepared questionnaire by direct or telephonic conversation.
Results: Total deliveries were 919 with response rate of 85.6%. During pandemic, approximately 54% of women missed their ANC visit due to fear of Covid. Absence of partner during visits, delivery and postnatal period was a cause for nervousness for 56.40% of mothers. Telemedicine was used by 52% of subjects and was found effective.
Conclusion: Antenatal care is essential but challenging during COVID-19 pandemic. A protocol based approach is needed which is cost-effective and easy.
Antenatal care, Pregnancy, Telemedicine, COVID- 19.