Giving birth during a pandemic: weaknesses and resilience in maternity wards and clinics in France

The MATER-Covid19 is a social science research project funded by the National Research Agency (ANR) and headed by two sociologists: Virginie Rozée of INED and Clémence Schantz of IRD (Institut de Recherche sur le Développement). It runs for 12 months (2021-2022). 
One particularity of this project is that it brings together social science researchers, a women’s association (Ciane), and health professionals (a psychologist, mid-wives, physicians). Four maternity wards or clinics are partners: Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Poissy/Saint-Germain-en-Laye (CHIPS), la maison de naissance Manao, and Centre Hospitalier Ouest Réunion.
The study will use anonymous medical record data and conduct interviews with health professionals (mid-wives and obstetricians) and women who gave birth at the peak of the first wave and in the following months. 
The primary aim is to give visibility to the conditions in which women gave birth during the pandemic and those in which health workers practiced their professions.

Funder: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).

INED scientific project head: Virginie Rozée

Online :January 2022

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