Characteristics and Outcomes of Pregnant Women with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in New York City: A Matched Cohort Study

Rasha S. Khoury, Melissa Fazzari, Calvin Lambert, Chelsea Debolt, Joanne Stone, Angela Bianco, Lisa Nathan, Siobhan M. Dolan, Peter S. Bernstein

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Objective The aim of this study was to examine the association between severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and preterm birth, cesarean birth, and composite severe maternal morbidity by studying women with and without SARS-CoV-2 infection at the time of delivery hospitalization from similar residential catchment areas in New York City. Study Design This was a retrospective cohort study of pregnant women with laboratory-confirmed or laboratory-denied SARS-CoV-2 on nasopharyngeal swab under universal testing policies at the time of admission who gave birth between March 13 and May 15, 2020, at two New York City medical centers. Demographic and clinical data were collected and follow-up was completed on May 30, 2020. Groups were compared for the primary outcome and preterm birth, in adjusted (for age, race/ethnicity, nulliparity, body mass index) and unadjusted analyses. Results Among this age-matched cohort, 164 women were positive and 247 were negative for SARS-CoV-2. Of the positive group, 52.4% were asymptomatic and 1.2% had critical coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The groups did not differ by race and ethnicity, body mass index, or acute or chronic comorbidities. Women with SARS-CoV-2 were more likely to be publicly insured. Preterm birth, cesarean birth, and severe maternal morbidity did not differ between groups. Babies born to women with SARS-CoV-2 were more likely to have complications of prematurity or low birth weight (7.7 vs. 2%, p = 0.01). Conclusion Preterm and cesarean birth did not differ between women with and without SARS-CoV-2 across disease severity in adjusted and unadjusted analysis among this cohort during the pandemic peak in New York City.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1261-1268
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - May 18 2022


  • SARS-CoV-2 and pregnancy outcomes
  • cesarean delivery
  • prematurity
  • preterm birth
  • social determinants of health
  • viral infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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