NEWS | April 16, 2020

Maternal and newborn health experts at UC Davis Health share expertise on COVID-19

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UC Davis experts share their expertise nationally and internationally in the care of pregnant mothers and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some examples:

Satyan Lakshminrusimha developed an infographic  on caring for babies of mothers who test positive for COVID-19. Satyan Lakshminrusimha developed an infographic on caring for babies of mothers who test positive for COVID-19.

  • Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Mark Underwood, Elizabeth Partridge and Jean Wiedeman helped to co-author COVID-19 guidelines with neonatologists from Buffalo, NY, Padua, Italy, and Valencia, Spain. These recommendations were published this month in the American Journal of Perinatology, outlining the precautions and steps to be taken before, during and after the resuscitation of a newborn of a COVID-19-positive mother. The main focus of these recommendations are to provide choices to parents and involve them in shared decision-making.
  • The Journal of Perinatology, the official journal of the Section on Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, also published a resource on COVID-19 this month to summarize available evidence and provide perinatologists and neonatologists with tools for managing their patients. Satyan Lakshminrusimha is one of six authors of this article.
  • Frank Ing, chief of pediatric cardiology and co-director of the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center, co-authors a paper published this month in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology about resource allocation and decision making for pediatric and congenital cardiac catheterization during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • The California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative invited UC Davis experts to host a webinar on Friday to share their knowledge with medical providers across the state. Dean Blumberg, Herman Hedriana, Angelique Silva, Mark Underwood, Laura Kair and Satyan Lakshminrusimha presented. Watch the webinar.
  • Heather McKnight, chief of the division of pediatric hospital medicine at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, spoke at two COVID-19 shared learning sessions for Pediatric Hospital Medicine directors, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ subcommittee for Pediatric Hospital Medicine division directors.
  • Satyan Lakshminrusimha developed an infographic on caring for babies of mothers who test positive for COVID-19. The infographic has been downloaded more than 1,000 times on ResearchGate and has more than 5,000 impressions on Twitter.

“We are proud to participate in this global discussion about how to best care for mothers and newborns with COVID-19. We continue to provide information to parents, so they can be key partners in making informed decisions about the care of their newborn,” said Lakshminrusimha, physician-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.