In this rapid-response article, the authors investigate the quickly shifting protocols for in-hospital and out-of-hospital births, and examine the decision making behind these changes. They ask whether COVID-19 will cause women, families, and providers to look at birthing in a different light, and whether this offers a testing ground for future policy changes to generate effective maternity care in the face of pandemics and other types of disasters.
Editor’s note: This piece was transcribed by the editor from the audio recording containing the above title. Both panelists and the editor changed some of the wording for clarity, but not content. The original recording can be found on the APPPAH website.