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Cancer Care Chronicles
April 24, 2020

Facing a Pandemic While Pregnant

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  • 1Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, Hempstead, New York
JAMA Oncol. Published online April 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.1652

December 15, 2019, was one of the happiest days of my life. After longing for a baby for years, I finally found out I was carrying a life inside of me. As a second-year hematology-oncology fellow in a busy fellowship program, I knew that pregnancy would come with its own set of challenges, which I was prepared to face. Many of my predecessors had gone through this before, and I did not think the experience would be any different for me. What I was absolutely not prepared for was facing a pandemic while living and training in one of the most populous cities in the world during the time I was carrying my first child.

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    2 Comments for this article
    Mental health challenge
    Sofia Trincado Robles | Red de Salud Mental de Bizkaia
    First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Olazagasti for sharing her personal experience in these difficult times. Sometimes it is hard to admit ones fears especially been a doctor and a woman.

    We should be conscious about the mental health challenge we would have to face during and after this crisis, particularly in citizens on the front line struggle, considering the personal situation of the individual.
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
    COVID-19 and pregnancy
    Rodyka Cranshaw, MPH | Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    I applaud Olazagasti and Seetharamu for bringing up the important issues faced by pregnant women during this pandemic. It is clear that, at this stage, there is much to investigate and to discover. I wanted to bring up to your attention an excellent resource for both clinicians and patients on the topic of COVID-19 and pregnancy. The International Registry of Coronavirus Exposure in Pregnancy (IRCEP), https://corona.pregistry.com, is the preeminent source of information. I recommend everybody to check it out.
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
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