SA TIMES- New Normal at the Hospital,RSA post covid-19 era, Midwives and doulas are also counted among the maternal support services no longer afforded to pregnant women due to the pandemic, but according to Dr Manyonga, the Birthing Team is using technology to address this.
“Our midwives are using all available technology solutions to stay in touch with patients, including telephony and social media platforms. Since antenatal classes can no longer take place, many are volunteering their services and advice over Zoom calls and WhatsApp groups. Telehealth has many advantages, including keeping patients safe from possible exposure to the virus and improving access to care during lockdown.”
Dr Manyonga says he foresees this use of technology being used across the board as a means for allowing pregnant women continued access to an essential service without the risk of infection.
“Going forward, we may see a pivot towards out of hospital services and the rise of community-based midwives to care for expectant mothers away from infection hotspots…. we can enable the use of telehealth to drive affordable, value-based maternity care.”