COVID-19 and management of childbirth and breastfeeding(4)

30 December, 2020

Hi to all members. Thank you for accepting me. I am pleased to be a part of this community. I will update my profile, but I am a US neonatologist, breastfeeding medicine physician and IBCLC, professor of pediatrics, and editor of the Journal of Human Lactation, among other things. I worked for a bit in Bangladesh, and have visited the Philippines, India, Indonesia several times, Saudi Arabia and many places in Europe in my many roles in maternal child health and breastfeeding.

I am working with a small team from Alive and Thrive looking at how countries are handling mothers and newborns with respect to skin-to-skin, breastfeeding, rooming-in and other important aspects of maternal-newborn care. Our first paper was just published and I will try to attach. It is open access at Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations. We are doing a follow-up to hat study trying to compile the guidance documents from all countries of the world. We have Bangladesh , Pakistan and India already—thank you for your comments Muhammad Obaidullah Khan Wahedi. The countries we still need are:

Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tajikistan , Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Yemen. From Asia.

There are African countries we need as well if anyone has any links there—please let me know. If you can help me obtain any of these it would be incredibly helpful! Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Many blessings for the New year.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen Marinelli

CHIFA profile: Kathleen Marinelli is a neonatologist, breastfeeding medicine physician and , professor of pediatrics, and editor of the Journal of Human Lactation neonatologist in the USA

email: kathleen.marinelli AT