Researchers from the INFANT Research Centre at University College Cork are collaborating with global partners on a new online survey to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected parents who have given birth, or had a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death during the outbreak.
The COCOON Study, Ireland is being led by researchers at the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, INFANT Research Centre in partnership with the Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Australia, and researchers from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA, amongst others.
The comprehensive online survey aims to understand the psychosocial experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic on parents who have given birth, or who had a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death during this outbreak.
Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, Dr Margaret Murphy, and the team within the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, based at INFANT, UCC, are leading investigators in the area of pregnancy loss and perinatal death.
“Pregnancy loss at any time is a difficult and painful experience. This is one of the few studies world-wide to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the experiences of bereaved parents after the end of a pregnancy or the death of a baby. We need to understand the new challenges and concerns of these parents to improve the care we offer in all our maternity units,” said Dr O’Donoghue.
Parents interested in taking part in the study can access the survey at https://bit.ly/2ZDkJ2p