Maternity health care workers expressed anguish, questioned roles early in pandemic

In general, the challenges of being a health care provider and the risks for potential COVID-19 infection are acknowledged, but it’s less clear how COVID risk mitigation strategies in hospitals impact maternity health care workers.

To that end, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing including Lisa Kane Low, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN and the Obstetrics Initiative at Michigan Medicine asked nurses, physicians and midwives across Michigan, “How has COVID-19 impacted your work?”

The answers showed deeper levels of anguish and fear than was anticipated and have implications for mental health and worker retention.

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