Research on the Frontline
Continuing care in COVID-19 Outbreak: A global survey of new and expectant parent experiences.
Researchers at INFANT Research Centre UCC are collaborating with an international team on a new survey to find out how the COVID19 pandemic has impacted on parents (women and men) who’ve given birth, or had a stillbirth or neonatal death during the outbreak, around the world. You are invited to take part in this survey if you or your partner are currently pregnant or have had your baby since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak – from 30th January, 2020. Both mothers and fathers/partners are welcome to participate.
The on-line survey study, called COCOON, is led by researchers in Australia, INFANT Research Centre UCC, and involves parent organisations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA, and many others. They hope that our research can help improve future care for all families around the world.
They also wish to invite parents who have experienced the death of their baby during this time. The study seeks to understand the psycho-social experiences of the COVID-19 outbreak on parents who have given birth, or who had a stillbirth or neonatal death during this outbreak.
The anonynous responses will help to identify where maternity care and bereavement care can be improved for parents during the current COVID-19 outbreak. It will also be useful to help in planning better responses if such outbreaks happen in the future.
This is one of the few studies world-wide to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the care of bereaved parents after the death of a baby. Please access the survey if you would like to take part in these interviews.