Management of the mother-infant dyad with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in a highly epidemic context

Pietrasanta, C.*, Pugni, L., Ronchi, A., Schena, F., Davanzo, R., Gargantini, G., Ferrazzi, E., Mosca, F. | JNPM 2020;


In the context of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the hospital management of mother-infant pairs poses to obstetricians and neonatologists previously unmet challenges. In Lombardy, Northern Italy, 59 maternity wards networked to organise the medical assistance of mothers and neonates with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. Six “COVID-19 maternity centres” were identified, the architecture and activity of obstetric and neonatal wards of each centre was reorganised, and common assistance protocols for the management of suspected and proven cases were formulated. Here, we present the key features of this reorganization effort, and our current management of the mother-infant dyad before and after birth, including our approach to rooming-in practice, breastfeeding and neonatal follow-up, based on the currently available scientific evidence. Considered the rapid diffusion of COVID-19 all over the world, we believe that preparedness is fundamental to assist mother-infant dyads, minimising the risk of propagation of the infection through maternity and neonatal wards.

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Carlo Pietrasanta, Via della Commenda 12, 20122 Milan, Italy. Tel.: +39 333 7505802; Fax: +39 02 5503 2217; E-mails: