The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the quality of prenatal care in a Brazilian city

Raquel Coutinho, CEDEPLAR - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Fabiana Guimarães, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Sonia Lansky, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Michelle Ferreira, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
José Vilton Costa, Núcleo de Estudos de População (NEPO) and Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Pregnant women present an increased risk of complications due to COVID-19. But while the rates of maternal death remained unchanged in most countries, in Brazil they have continued to rise, which is a reflection of a combination of health system failures and higher rates of existing health conditions. The Pandemic represents a series of obstacles to the ideal prenatal care experience, such as overload of health systems, cancelations of elective services, and generalized fear of infection. The objective of this study is to explore the impact of COVID-19 on prenatal care experience using Propensity Score Matching to compare mothers of a cohort of babies born in the 12 months prior to the beginning of the epidemics with mothers of a cohort of babies born up to 12 months after the beginning of the pandemic. We will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic shaped the experience of pregnancy and birth in a Brazilian city shedding light on mechanisms of inequality that may have contributed to different health outcomes.

Keywords: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Fertility and childbirth, Demographic and social surveys, COVID-19

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  Presented in Session 120. COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health