Mumbai: Coronavirus positive woman gives birth to uninfected baby

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Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country, a piece of good news has been coming from Mumbai. A 35-year-old coronavirus positive woman gave birth to an uninfected, healthy baby at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday. Special care was taken by the doctors so that there was no contact between the mother and the baby girl.

Doctors at the Nanavati hospital performed a medical feat by successfully delivering a child whose mother had tested positive for Covid-19.

The successful birth of the baby has become a cause of jubilance not only for the family but also for the doctors and the healthcare workers who are striving to save lives in the face of a coronavirus pandemic. The woman, being in 38th week of gestation, was admitted to a private hospital for antenatal care.

Though she had no symptoms, as per the protocol, she was tested before her delivery. Unfortunately, the woman tested positive on April 18. Since the hospital didn’t have an obstetrics unit for Covid-19 positive patients, the woman was shifted to Nanavati Hospital.

“The family was extremely stressed after she tested positive for coronavirus and we were informed that she needs to be shifted to some other hospital. The doctors referred us to Nanavati hospital. We were relieved only after we were counselled by doctors and coordinators at the hospital on the whole procedure,” the patient’s husband said.

A detailed standard operating procedure was created by the hospital and infectious disease experts and paediatric department were put in action well before the patient was admitted.

“Only a handful of such surgeries have been performed in India, thus, a special obstetrics unit, suitable to the infection control protocols was created. We kept the surgical staff number to minimum and trained them for the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Special Covid corridors were created for safe transportation of the mother and the baby,” Dr Suruchi Desai, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nanavati Hospital, said.

The surgical unit took additional care to ensure there was no contact between the mother and the child.

Post the successful delivery, a team of neonatologists headed by Dr Tushar Maniar, Head of Paediatrics Unit, shifted the baby to a special isolation Intensive Care Unit. The Covid-19 status of the baby will be checked on the third and eighth day of her birth. Doctors said the baby is stable and completely healthy.

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