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Keywords

Childbirth, Childbirth education, COVID-19 pandemic, Expectant family support, Prepared childbirth, Virtual perinatal education

 

Authors

  1. Pasadino, Francine MA, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNM, IBCLC, LCCE
  2. DeMarco, Kathleen MSN, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
  3. Lampert, Elizabeth MSN ED, RN, CLC, LCCE

Abstract

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many changes in health care. The status quo has been upended. We have been challenged in many ways to maintain our ability to meet the needs of our clients while keeping them safe. The Center for Perinatal Education and Lactation at NYU Langone Hospitals, in one of the initial epicenters of the pandemic in New York City, had to abruptly transition the childbirth education program to a virtual format in March of 2020. The goal for this change was to continue to provide evidence-based support and guidance our to our expectant and new families through this crisis. This report focuses on the process and challenges of transitioning to and implementation of the virtual format in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. We discuss the rapidly evolving programmatic changes to our approach and reflect on the themes and changing landscape of our newly structured model. Questions and answers live discussion webinars "Ask the Educator" on various topics were a valuable tool in connecting with families and allaying anxiety and fear.