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EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PROCESS ON THE TYPE OF BIRTHS PERFORMED AT SIVAS CUMHURIYET UNIVERSITY OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY HOSPITAL

Seyda Sahin ORCID Icon,Savas Karakus ORCID Icon,Yeltekin Demirel ORCID Icon

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has emerged as one of the most significant global health crises in recent history. This study aims to evaluate the effect of the pandemic process on the delivery type of a group of women who gave birth in Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital. Our study was prepared in a retrospective screening style, and 2804 births were included. Sociodemographic information of all participants, their way of giving, gestational week, birth, baby and birth weight of their babies were questioned. Of all the participants included in the study (births 1 year before the pandemic and in the 1-year period including the first year of the pandemic), 33.9% (n:951) had a normal delivery, and 66.1% (n:1853) had a cesarean section. 42.8% (n:1199) of births occurred in the first year of the pandemic, 57.2% (n:1605) before the pandemic. While the rate of cesarean section was 45.3% (n:839) among all deliveries in the year before the pandemic, the rate of cesarean section among all deliveries in the first year of the pandemic was 54.7% (n:1014) and was found to be significantly higher (p<0, 05). After women are informed about the epidemic, normal birth should be encouraged, their concerns about the pandemic should be eliminated, and cesarean section should be avoided unless necessary.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, Birth trends, Birth rates, Societal impact.

10.5281/zenodo.8413909


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