COVID-19 in Newborn Care: Initial Lessons From the Pandemic

Recorded May 28, 2020

VON leadership and expert faculty hosted an interactive webinar on the impact of COVID-19 from the perspectives of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, families, and other members of the newborn care team. Discussion included new AAP guidance, results from the VON SONPM COVID-19 Impact Audit, and case-based learning.

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Case Discussions

Case #1: Term Delivery

  • Woman presents in labor at 40 weeks
  • SARS-CoV-2 positive on the day of delivery
  • Afebrile with mild cough
  • Vaginal delivery
  • Infant BW 3400 gm, Apgars 9 and 10

Case #2: Term Delivery

  • Woman presents in labor at 40 weeks
  • Fever 101.4
  • Exposure to Partner with confirmed COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2 test pending
  • Vaginal delivery of 3400 gm infant
  • Apgars 9 and 9

Case #3: Preterm Delivery

  • Delivery at 28 weeks
  • Symptomatic Covid-19 positive mother
  • BW 1250 gm, Apgars 7 and 8, admitted to NICU
  • Treated with surfactant for RDS
  • Quickly weaned to CPAP
  • On day 10 stable on low flow nasal cannula oxygen
  • Mother improving 10 days after delivery


Marie Abraham, MA
Vice President, Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Amy Atwater, RN, BSN
Quality Improvement Specialist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Chris Chambers, R​R​T
Supervisor Respiratory Care, University of Vermont Medical Center

Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH
Director of Data Science, Vermont Oxford Network

Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH
Director of Global Health, Vermont Oxford Network

Marybeth Fry, M​Ed
NICU Family Care Coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital

Jeffrey Horbar, MD
President, CEO, and Chief Scientific Officer, Vermont Oxford Network

Mark Hudak, MD
Chair, Pediatrics, Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and Chair, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics

Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Rush University

Karen Puopolo, MD, PhD
Neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Chair, Newborn Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Hospital

Elizabeth Schierholz, PhD, NNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado Children’s Hospital

Roger Soll, MD
Vice President and Director of Clinical Trials and Follow-up, Vermont Oxford Network, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Neonatal

Denise Zayack RN, BA, MPH
Senior Consultant for Quality Improvement and Education, Vermont Oxford Network