Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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multidisciplinary team (MDT); neonatal surgery; fetal medicine; family-orientated
Key points
  1. Parents-to-be of babies with anticipated surgical conditions may have a lack of knowledge about their baby’s condition and worry about what will happen after its delivery.
  2. A family-orientated, multidisciplinary clinic improves parental confidence, helping to build rapport with the teams that will look after their baby.
  3. Neonatal trainees benefit from participating in these clinics and can contribute as part of the MDT.