Publications by authors named "Hanna Jasiak"

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The temporal link between prenatal steroid therapy and labor.

Pol Merkur Lekarski 2020 Dec;48(288):394-398

Pomeranian Medical University of Szczecin, Poland: Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Prematurity has been one of the greatest challenges faced by perinatal medicine for many years. The recommended therapy for women with threatened preterm labor at 24 to 34 weeks' gestation is a single course of glucocorticoids. The greatest benefits have been proven when labor occurs at least 24 hours, but no later than 7 days after steroid administration. Applied treatment is not without influence on neonates' development.

Aim: The aim of this study is to analyze the time between the administration of a course of glucocorticoids to patients with threatened preterm labor between 24 and 34 weeks of gestation and labor.

Materials And Methods: 459 deliveries by patients between 24 and 34 weeks' gestation who had received betamethasone (two 12 mg doses) or dexamethasone (four 6 mg doses) were analyzed. Their indications for glucocorticoid therapy were divided into four categories: the signs of threatened preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, iatrogenic prematurity and cervical incompetence. The neonates (n=530) were divided into two main groups: group 1 of those born within the first 7 days (n1=127) and group 2 of those born more than 7 days (n2=403) after the glucocorticoids therapy. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistica 13.3 software with calculations performed using the Mann- Whitney U and χ2 tests, assuming the level of statistical significance of <0.05 (p<0.05).

Results: The neonates born within the first 7 days after the glucocorticoid therapy accounted for 23.96% (127 children). The average time of delay between the course of glucocorticoids and labor was 33 days, with the longest interval being 116 days. The most common indications for glucocorticoids were iatrogenic causes in group 1 (35.40%) and the signs of threatened preterm labor (67.63%) in group 2.

Conclusions: The percentage of births at the recommended time after steroidotherapy (not later than 7 days) was lower than expected. The prenatal steroid therapy qualification methods, should be reanalyzed, especially when signs of preterm labor are observed.
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December 2020

Risk factors for anxiety and depression among pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic: A web-based cross-sectional survey.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2020 Jul;99(30):e21279

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

Introduction: The article presents a protocol of a cross-sectional study of mental health of pregnant women in relation to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. The primary aim is to compare differences in anxiety and depression scores of pregnant women between countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The secondary aim is to assess demographic, economic, and social aspects affecting maternal anxiety and depression scores among pregnant women worldwide in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, we will be able to compare differences in perception of the different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic (social distancing, restrictions related to delivery) between countries and according to the epidemic status (number of infected patients, number of reported deaths). The comparisons will also be done according to the COVID-19 status of the participants.

Methods And Analysis: It is a web-based anonymous survey of pregnant women living in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is comprised of 3 sections:Web-based recruitment for health research has proven to be cost-effective and efficient. At current times with the COVID-19 pandemic, limited resources and social distancing restrictions, performing a mental health study involving pregnant women on a large international scale cannot be safely conducted without involving social-media.The fears of pregnant women fall into 3 categories: the medical condition, the economic status and the organization of daily activity.The study has received approval of the medical ethics committee and has been registered on Results will be published in peer-reviewed journals and made public through all available media.
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