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Proper Care for Pregnant Women with COVID-19

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There has been much fear and anxiety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and this anxiety can be particularly heightened for pregnant women. There typically is concern not only for the pregnant woman’s health, but also for the health of the unborn child. There are also concerns for the healthcare team involved in prenatal care, labor and delivery, and post-delivery care. Various entities have published much guidance on the subject, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and other health advocacy and research groups.

If you need an advocate for your treatment for COVID-19 while pregnant, or if you believe you received substandard treatment, you should speak with the legal team at The Eisen Law Firm right away.

Guidelines for Treatment

Pregnant women should receive proper care for both COVID-19 symptoms and for their maternal health and fetus. No medical facility should deny a pregnant woman the treatment she needs. Some guidelines that healthcare facilities must follow include:

Pregnant women are more likely to develop life-threatening respiratory symptoms and need ventilator treatment than non-pregnant women, and this is especially true for women who have underlying medical conditions like diabetes. This means that hospitals should all be prepared to provide treatment to seriously ill pregnant women in accordance with all relevant guidelines.

Pregnant women with serious symptoms from COVID-19 have a higher risk of premature birth, delivery by cesarean section, and the need for neonatal care for the newborn. This means that medical facilities providing COVID-19 treatment must also be prepared to address high-risk labor and delivery situations.

Let Our Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys Help You

Contracting COVID-19 while pregnant can be terrifying, and you deserve proper treatment to preserve your health and that of your unborn child. Always discuss how to continue prenatal care if you are at home with COVID-19, and do not hesitate to head to the emergency room if your symptoms are worsening, as the risks are high.

The Eisen Law Firm supports pregnant women, new parents, and their children in medical malpractice and birth injury cases. Call 216-687-0900 or contact us online with any concerns.