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COCOON: Continuing care in COVID-19 outbreak: A global survey of new and expectant parent experiences

Project Status In Progress
Organisation Lead Stillbirth CRE
Lead Investigator Siobhan Loughnan
Program Area Data To Drive Change
Topic International Partnerships In Bereavement Care
Contact Rupesh Gautam at

COCOON is a global research study currently being coordinated by The Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence. This international collaborative study involves participants from 14 countries including Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and USA and it aims to explore the experiences of pregnant and postpartum women, and their partners accessing maternity and postnatal care during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the study is also to understand the experiences and main concerns of bereaved parents who have experienced a stillbirth or neonatal death during the COVID-19 outbreak, and of pregnant women who had a prior stillbirth or neonatal death (e.g. care received, what support services were available- both formal and informal, and impact of public health limitations on funeral arrangements, visitors to hospital, etc.) The results of this study are expected to inform strategies to improve not only pregnancy and postpartum care but also the bereavement care for women, their partners, and their families during this or any future similar outbreak(s).

Research Team

Vicki Flenady, Fran Boyle, Dell Horey, Professor Caroline Homer, Margaret Murphy, Claire Storey, Mr Rupesh Gautam, Siobhan Loughnan, Alyce Wilson, Claudia Ravaldi, Alfredo Vannacci, Susannah Leisher, Paula Quigley, Jane Sandall, Sergio Silverio, Keelin O'Donoghue, Francine Demontigny, Jillian Cassidy, Guilherme de Jesus,Lucila Castanheira, Sanne Gordijn, Gross Mechthild, Katharina Hartmann, Rakhi Dandona, Neelam Aggarwal, Ms Robin Cronin, Professor Lesley McCowan, Rafat Jan, Larissa Rossen, Wendy Hall, Billie Bradford, Jo Durham,
Vanphanom Sychareun, Jessica Ruidiaz