Coronavirus and birth in Italy: Results of a national population-based cohort study

ItOSS COVID-19 Working GroupSerena Donati

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Introduction. The study was implemented to provide guidance to decision-makers and clinicians by describing hospital care offered to women who gave birth with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. Materials and methods. National population‐based prospective cohort study involving all women with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection who gave birth between February 25 and April 22, 2020 in any Italian hospital. Results. The incidence rate of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in women who gave birth was 2.1 per 1000 maternities at a national level and 6.9/1000 in the Lombardy Region. Overall one third of the women developed a pneumonia and 49.7% assumed at least one drug against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Caesarean rate was 32.9%, no mothers nor newborns died. Six percent of the infants tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 at birth. Conclusions. Clinical features and outcomes of COVID-19 in women who gave birth are similar to those described for the general population, most women developing mild to moderate illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-389
Number of pages12
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Cohort studies
  • COVID-19
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy outcome
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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