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Modifying Prenatal Care for Pregnant Women with Antenatal Microcephaly

MAR 03, 2017 | KRISTI ROSA
The researchers pointed out that these women were nervous about the stigma associated with Zika virus and they expressed “fears of isolation.” In an effort to help these women, the researchers offered them “to be followed in a special group of three, or to continue with their group prenatal care,” what Dr. Zorrilla refered to as “Centering.” The researchers also noted that the mothers of the pregnant women served as “their main support system.” The women were more comfortable receiving group care “with other Zika-infected women without microcephaly.”

In an exclusive interview with Contagion®, Dr. Zarrillo explained further what “Centering” prenatal care consisted of.


When it comes to the implications of these findings, the researchers feel that “prenatal care should be modified to include conversations and options regarding pregnancy termination and about labor and delivery.” They also stressed, “the need for maternal and family psychological support; the use of antidepressants, if needed, as well as contraceptive advice; the need for neonatal subspecialty consultations [on] infant special care needs; economic burden; [and] how to deal with public knowledge of the birth outcome via photos and media exposure and with curiosity of people in public places.”
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