Under the expanding shadow of novel coronavirus in Mumbai, there is some positive news. Two women, suffering from Covid-19, have delivered healthy babies in the Nanavati hospital in Mumbai.
Older of the two coronavirus positive women -- aged 35 -- from South Mumbai gave birth to a healthy baby girl while the other, 25, from Mumbai suburbs delivered a baby boy. Special care was taken that there was not direct contact between mother and child.
The successful childbirth led to celebration not only in the families but among doctors and healthcare workers who are striving to save lives in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.
A detailed Standard Operating Procedure had been laid out by the hospital authorities after examining international case studies, guidelines by obstetrics and gynaecology department, infectious disease experts and paediatric department well before the both Covid-19 pregnant women were admitted.
"Only a handful of such surgeries are performed in India so far, 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 use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Special Covid-19 Corridors were created for safe transportation of the mother and baby," said Dr Suruchi Desai, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nanavati Hospital.
The surgical unit took additional care to ensure there was no contact between the mother and the child. Immediately after the successful delivery of the babies, a team of neonatologists headed by Dr Tushar Maniar, Head of Paediatrics Unit, shifted the babies to a special isolation Intensive Care Unit.
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