Research focuses on how COVID affects pregnancy, new birth parents

Authors: Mark Tomlinson, M.D., MBA, MFM, regional medical director of obstetrics, Providence Women and Children’s Services

Rachael Baker, regional quality program manager, Providence Women's Health

Providence has partnered with Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., to understand how COVID is affecting those who are pregnant or who have given birth since the pandemic began. Participants will help researchers better understand the health and experiences of being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For pregnant participants:

  • Complete an introductory survey to collect information about your health, pregnancy, work and child care changes, and feelings of stress.
  • Complete a brief survey each week during the rest of your pregnancy to document your social distancing practices, any COVID symptoms, and changes to your lifestyle and mental health.

For new birth parent participants:

  • If you delivered your baby on or after March 1, 2020, you do not have to have completed any surveys during your pregnancy to participate. You can complete a one-time survey to collect information about your experience delivering your baby, your health, your pregnancy and feelings of stress.

How to sign up

Those who are pregnant and interested in participating:

Those who are a new birth parent and interested in participating:


Call: 225-231-5275

Study details for your patients

  • The Pregnant During COVID-19 Study is a series of surveys you will be asked to complete  during your pregnancy.
  • Your survey responses are entered into a secure online database called REDCap, which follows U.S. privacy laws (HIPAA). The information we collect from each participant is stored with a unique code on Woman's Hospital secure network. Access to the data will be highly restricted and granted only to members of the study team.
  • You will complete an initial survey to collect information about your health, pregnancy and experience so far being pregnant during the COVID outbreak. Then, each week during the rest of your pregnancy, a survey will be sent to your email with two sections:
    • Wellness check-in: You will give an update on your health, social distancing practices and if you have been tested for COVID. This part of the study can help researchers and doctors learn about how COVID symptoms appear in pregnant patients and about who may be at higher risk for getting infected. (This section takes less than one minute).
    • Weekly themed survey: This section will change each week to collect data on a specific topic. For example, you may be asked how you feel your prenatal care has changed since the COVID outbreak, how your work and financial situations have changed, how you feel your mental well-being has changed, etc. (This section takes less than 10 minutes).
  • Once you deliver your baby, you also may receive an email asking to link your survey responses to your and your baby's medical records, or to fill out a follow-up survey after you deliver your baby and when the COVID outbreak is over. 
  • Details will be provided on each survey about how to stop your participation at any time and with no penalty.
  • Your participation in this survey is not related to your health care provided by a medical care provider.

To providers, thank you in advance for helping us learn more about how COVID affects those who are pregnant and those who have given birth during the pandemic.


For more information
KPTV - pregnant women/new moms and COVID-19 research

Dr. Mark Tomlinson
Providence Women and Children’s Services
9701 SW Barnes Road, Suite 299
Portland, OR 97225


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