This report summarizes the activities to date of the NYS COVID-19 Maternity Task Force and presents recommendations to the Governor to promote increased choice and access to safe maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top recommendations include:

  1. Diversify birthing site options to support patient choice
  2. Support persons
  3. Universal testing of pregnant persons
  4. Ensuring equity
  5. Messaging and education
  6. Department of Health will collaborate with academic institutions, regional perinatal centers, and medical organizations to review the impact that COVID-19 has on pregnancy and newborns

Authors: New York State COVID-19 Maternity Task Force

Publication Date: April 2020

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