A Survey of Labor and Delivery Practices in New York City during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Juan A. Peña, Angela T. Bianco, Lynn L. Simpson, Peter S. Bernstein, Ashley S. Roman, Dena Goffman, William E. Schweizer, Jessica Overbey, Joanne L. Stone

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Recently, a novel coronavirus, precisely severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), that causes the disease novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a worldwide pandemic. Over a million cases have been confirmed in the United States. As of May 5, 2020, New York State has had over 300,000 cases and 24,000 deaths with more than half of the cases and deaths occurring in New York City (NYC). Little is known, however, of how this virus impacts pregnancy. Given this lack of data and the risk for severe disease in this relatively immunocompromised population, further understanding of the obstetrical management of COVID-19, as well as hospital level preparation for its control, is crucial. Guidance has come from expert opinion, professional societies and public health agencies, but to date, there is no report on how obstetrical practices have adapted these recommendations to their local situations. We therefore developed an internet-based survey to elucidate the practices put into place to guide the care of obstetrical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We surveyed obstetrical leaders in four academic medical centers in NYC who were implementing and testing protocols at the height of the pandemic. We found that all sites made changes to their practices, and that there appeared to be agreement with screening and testing for COVID-19, as well as labor and delivery protocols, for SARS-CoV-2-positive patients. We found less consensus with respect to inpatient antepartum fetal surveillance. We hope that this experience is useful to other centers as they formulate their plans to face this pandemic. Key Points Practices changed to accommodate public health needs. Most practices are screened for novel COVID-19 on admission. Fetal testing in COVID-19 patients varied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975-981
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • antepartum fetal surveillance
  • labor and delivery
  • obstetrics
  • protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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