Speaking of stillbirth, as well as miscarriage or SIDS (Cot Death Syndrome) is still very difficult for parents who have experienced firsthand the experience of losing a baby. The Covid-19 pandemic is having strong repercussions not only on birth rates (of which experts predict a decline in the coming years) but also on the birth of premature babies. In short, the current situation is having many consequences on the life of those who have had (or will have) a child during the emergency. One of the ways to actively participate in the analysis of these changes is to participate in the survey for new parents in a pandemic which, on a global level, investigates the experiences of expectant parents and new parents, mothers and fathers without distinction: it was announced by Stillbirth – Center of reserch Excellence.
Here’s how to participate and why it is so important to do so.
The Stillbirth initiative, an Australian center of research and excellence, is global in nature: it was therefore spread to various countries around the world to understand what impact the pandemic is having on the lives of expectant parents or those who have had a baby in the months. of the health emergency. It is also a way to investigate stillbirth and neonatal death, to shed light on the links with the world situation (if they exist). The idea is to start from data collection, in which interested parents can participate, to improve the assistance of families with children arriving or arriving during the pandemic around the world with guidelines, especially those who have to face the prenatal and perinatal bereavement.
The countries involved are many: from Australia to Brazil, passing through Canada, Italy, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In Italy, the survey is coordinated by the COCOON study and by researchers from the PeaRL Perinatal Research Laboratory of the University of Florence, jointly with the NEUROFARBA Department (resp. Prof. Alfredo Vannacci) and the CiaoLapo Foundation ETS (in charge of Dr. Claudia Ravaldi).
The idea is to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on families, to find a way that can help them and can make a difference. Taking part in the survey is important because each answer will form a useful framework for improving maternal and family care not only in the case of a physical birth but also in the case of bereavement, especially in the period in which the pandemic is an aggravating circumstance.
Participating in the survey in a completely anonymous way will foster research into the mental well-being of families, shed light on relationships and bonds that have not yet been lifted at the moment. Just as it is essential to be updated, for example, on the data relating to the spread of Covid-19 but also on the numbers of the impact on children and families, it is equally important to take part in such a composite initiative.
The conditions for being an active target (i.e. reference public that can take part in the research indicated on the site are:
- being pregnant
- having had a child after the outbreak of the pandemic, i.e. from 30 January 2020 onwards
- Parents with pre- or perinatal loss are also invited to participate
- the marital status of the couple does not matter
- mothers and fathers can participate indiscriminately
It only takes 25 minutes to take the survey. The modalities of participation with the questions identified by the researchers are here.