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Jakarta Post

Giving birth in time of COVID-19

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Extra prenatal care: Although it is recommended to postpone pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, being pregnant is everyone’s right. Unplanned pregnancies, as well as fertility programs for those with an infertility background, should be tended to with extra precautions for the sake of health and safety.(Shutterstock/Eggeegg)

An increase in unplanned pregnancies is considered one the side effects of the stay-at-home orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not just because people are incredibly bored and have nothing better to do than make babies, but also because access to birth control has become difficult. The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) reported that there were more than 400,000 unplanned pregnancy in May as large scale social restrictions (PSBB) limited access to healthcare facilities that provide birth control. While the women who have become pregnant during the pandemic still have hope that they can give birth when the danger of COVID-19 subsides, what about the women who became pregnant before the pandemic hit and have needed to give birth when COVID-19 has been at its peak? Salma, a homemaker living in Rumbai, Riau Islands, delivered a baby girl in mid-Ma...