The Impact of COVID-19 on Mothers and Babies

Veerle Bergink, MD, PhD, is the Director of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Mental Health Program and an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. In this virtual lecture, she discusses how the immune response to COVID-19 in pregnant mothers can impact maternal and neonatal outcomes, and potentially result in long-term effects on the child’s brain. She also states that anxiety surrounding the pandemic during pregnancy is normal, and can be treated by behavioral interventions. She showed that the risk/benefit discussion on psychotropic medication use during pregnancy is not altered during despite the outbreak, and provided an overview of all recent treatment recommendations and guidelines.

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Veerle Bergink, MD, PhD.

Veerle Bergink, MD, PhD

Director, Women’s Mental Health Program
Mount Sinai Health System
Professor, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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