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Ohio State study: Half of Americans concerned about new moms and babies being in public places

Medical offices are taking many extra steps for the safety of their patients and staff.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A national survey conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found nearly 80% of respondents would be concerned about themselves or an expectant mother in their life in the midst of the current COVID-19 outbreak, with almost half expressing fear of going to a scheduled prenatal appointment. 

Among the more than 2,000 respondents, 51% would be concerned about sending their child to daycare or a babysitter and over 45% would be concerned about visiting public places while pregnant and after their baby is born.

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While concerns about COVID-19 are valid and precautions should be taken, it’s also important to manage these fears and ensure proper care. Medical offices are taking many extra steps for the safety of their patients and staff, such as wearing masks, face shields and gloves and wiping down surfaces between patients. 

Call your doctor before you visit to discuss options.

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