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Facing a Pandemic While Pregnant

Educational Objective
To understand how to manage pregnancy while during a pandemic
1 Credit CME

December 15, 2019, was one of the happiest days of my life. After longing for a baby for years, I finally found out I was carrying a life inside of me. As a second-year hematology-oncology fellow in a busy fellowship program, I knew that pregnancy would come with its own set of challenges, which I was prepared to face. Many of my predecessors had gone through this before, and I did not think the experience would be any different for me. What I was absolutely not prepared for was facing a pandemic while living and training in one of the most populous cities in the world during the time I was carrying my first child.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Coral Olazagasti, MD, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, 450 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11042 (colazagasti@northwell.edu).

Published Online: April 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.1652

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: This article reflects the first-person account of Dr Olazagasti. Dr Seetharamu is her mentor at Hofstra/Northwell Health and reviewed the article for agreement with the institution’s guidelines.

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