Pregnancy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In the United States alone, there’s an average of 4 million births each year. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, that amounts to a lot of women who are understandably concerned about their health and the health of their child. 

In this episode we talked with Phoebe Kulik, a program manager at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a first-time expectant mother, about what it’s been like to be pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic. To learn more about what we currently know about pregnancy and COVID-19, we also sat down with two experts in maternal health in the department of Epidemiology: Research Scientist, Miatta Buxton, and Associate Professor, Alexis Handal. They offered insights on the unique challenges the pandemic has had on expectant mothers, and what we can learn to provide better care.

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In This Episode

Phoebe KulikPhoebe Kulik

Director of Workforce Development, Region V Public Health Training Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Phoebe Kulik has a master’s of public health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is the Program Manager for the Certificate in Population Health and Health Equity at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as the Director of Workforce Development at the Region V Public Health Training Center, and Training Manager for the National Center for School Safety.


Miatta BuxtonMiatta Buxton

Assistant Research Scientist, Epidemiology

Dr. Miatta Buxton studies environmental and other influences on maternal and child health that contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Her current work focuses on evaluating the role of air pollution and dietary factors on inflammation patterns during pregnancy and their relation to pregnancy outcomes.
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Alexis HandalAlexis Handal

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Handal’s research interests include environmental and occupational epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology, and child health and development examined within social, political, and economic contexts, and in global settings. Her work focuses on populations who are traditionally underrepresented in research, including Latinx and Indigenous populations in the U.S. and Latin America and those who are most exposed to hazardous work conditions and environmental toxins. Her community-engaged research approach uses a health equity lens focusing on the interconnection between occupation, stress, toxic exposures, and difficult social environments on maternal health and child development.
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