New Pandemic Pregnancy Guide Brings ObGyn and Family Medicine Together

Apr 8, 2020

Pandemic Pregnancy Guide LogoLogo for the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide With the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, many expectant parents are worried and confused about how to protect themselves and their children. A new initiative created by a coalition between faculty members and trainees from two University of Toronto departments hopes to help alleviate these concerns.

The Pandemic Pregnancy Guide is a project that was created by UofT ObGyn's Assistant Professor Dr. Eliane Shore, St. Michael's Hospital family medicine physicians Drs. Tali Bogler (FMOB) and Sheila Wijayasinghe, as well as two new residents to the Department of ObGyn, Drs. Sepand Alavifard and Sarah Freeman. This guide was created to be a venue for pregnant women to ask questions about COVID-19's effects on themselves and their babies through social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

"Our goal is to offer reliable, current information about your pregnancy in the context of COVID-19," said Dr. Shore. "We know that the usual avenues for acquiring information are not accessible, such as prenatal classes, moms groups, longer counselling appointments with providers. We want to support patients during this difficult time by providing them with accurate information."

So far, the project has been picked up by a number of parenting groups and has gained over 3,500 followers on their Instagram account. This new project can be followed on either Instagram (@pandemicpregnancyguide) or Twitter (@PandemicPreg).

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