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COVID-19 technical brief package for maternity services

July 2021

Explore guidance shared for health professionals on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic within maternity care. The impact on acute care services in settings with under-resourced health systems is likely to be substantial. Maternity services should continue to be prioritised as an essential core health service, and other sexual and reproductive health care such as family planning, emergency contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, post-abortion care and where legal, safe abortion services to the full extent of the law, also need to remain available as core health services. Early data suggests a drop in facility-based care in many countries and projections of rising maternal mortality, undermining women’s resilience in these countries.