To what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic affected maternity services in Europe?
How are the healthcare professionals experiencing the provision of maternity care to women and their babies during the pandemic?
The review will consider studies that include all health services providing maternity care. These services may be community based or provided within hospitals, ranging from the small regional hospitals to the large tertiary referral centres. For the qualitative component of the review, only studies examining the experiences of front-line health care professionals providing perinatal care to women, and their partners and babies.
The exposure: The Covid-19 pandemic
The phenomena of Interest: the provision of maternity care
Prior to the pandemic
The primary outcomes are maternal care bookings, maternity hospital admissions, emergency care admissions, hospital stay duration, face to face antenatal and postnatal appointments, teleheath appointments, staffing levels, absenteeism, job satisfaction.
The secondary outcomes may include: NICU admissions, ICU admissions, caesarean section rates, induction rates, premature births, foetal death, maternal death, neonatal death.
Context: the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.