Postpartum visits declined during COVID-19, especially among Black, young and uninsured women

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Attendance at postpartum health care visits declined by almost six percentage points during the COVID-19 pandemic — with uninsured women, Black women and women under age 19 facing the sharpest decreases in visits, according to a new study by Brown University researchers.

The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that the pandemic exacerbated existing disparities in postpartum care.

“Our study found that groups who already faced disproportionate barriers to care — Black and Hispanic women, young women, and women without postpartum insurance coverage — experienced the greatest declines in postpartum visit attendance during the pandemic,” said study author Meghan Bellerose, a Ph.D. student at Brown University’s School of Public Health. “These are the same groups who experience higher rates of postpartum complications and maternal mortality, so it’s imperative that we understand the factors preventing them from receiving important pregnancy care.” KEEP READING