New Study on COVID-19 Pregnancy Outcomes

This was the largest study ever performed including 42754 pregnant women infected with the COVID19 virus during pregnancy. Using the latest data, the study was able to identify a strong connection between COVID infection and preterm delivery as well as an increased risk of cesarean section. A second finding of the study was that the staggeringly high death rate among mothers infected by the 2003 SARS pandemic and the 2012 MERS pandemic is not seen in the COVID19 pandemic.

This information can be extremely valuable to doctors battling COVID in pregnant mothers. The study was led by Dr. Greg Marchand of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and was a cooperative venture with Dr. Katelyn Sainz of Tucson Medical Center, department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Marchand is the director of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, as well as the fellowship program director for the Institute’s SLS (Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons) Accredited fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Marchand is an associate professor of medicine at several medical schools in Arizona, and enjoys teaching students, fellows and residents. Dr. Marchand holds dual certifications from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both general OBGYN and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Marchand is also accredited as a “Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery” by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Marchand is extensively published and has completed a two year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). Dr. Marchand is recognized internationally as a pioneer in developing laparoscopic techniques, as well as an expert minimally invasive surgeon and teaching surgeon. Dr. Marchand was recently honored with a World Record for performing a total laparoscopic hysterectomy through the smallest incision ever. Dr. Marchand was also one half of the team that was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records(™) for removing the largest uterus ever without needing to cut open the patient.

Dr. Sainz is a resident in General Pediatrics at Tucson Hospital’s Medical Education Program, and is passionate about research that affects children of all ages. Her research interests include neonatology, pediatric sports medicine, and pediatric endocrinology.

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