Evidence for Maternity Care: new evidence and resources – July 2022

The latest evidence and resources for midwives and clinical support staff, and a chance to help us improve these blogs. You can either scroll through this page or click on any of the links below to jump to the relevant section.

Please note, unlike the rest of our blogs, our ‘Evidence for Maternity Care: new evidence and resources’ blogs will not be updated.


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Cochrane is continuing to produce new and updated reviews in response to the pandemic. We have blogged about many of them and this blog COVID-19 evidence: a Cochrane round-up brings together a large collection of evidence and resources, starting from when this evidence was first being produced in spring 2020.

Plus, we have two blogs on COVID-19 treatments:

  1. Treatments for mild COVID-19
  2. Treatments for moderate to severe COVID-19: Cochrane evidence.

Like the reviews themselves, all our blogs are updated to reflect new evidence.

Cochrane Special Collections

Cochrane Special Collections assemble Cochrane Reviews on important topics for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. They are developed with experts from our global Cochrane network. They are based on World Health Organization interim guidance, and continuously updated.

You can find Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collections here including Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures which was updated in June 2022.

Cochrane Podcasts

Cochrane COVID-19 Podcasts offer short summaries of Cochrane COVID-19 reviews from the authors themselves. A good way to hear the latest Cochrane evidence in under 5 minutes each.

Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals.

You can find Cochrane Clinical Answers related to COVID-19 here.


Antenatal care

Cochrane Clinical Answer: In women at risk of preterm birth, how do repeated doses of corticosteroids compare with a single course to improve fetal, neonatal, and infant outcomes? 


Care of the newborn, including preterm infants

Correcting hypoglycaemia in newborns

Cochrane Clinical Answer: How effective and safe is oral dextrose gel in correcting hypoglycemia in newborn infants?

Preventing necrotizing enterocolitis

Cochrane Clinical Answer: For very preterm or very low birth weight infants, do synbiotics prevent necrotizing enterocolitis?


News and opportunities

A free course: How to talk about vaccines when you’re not an expert: a Lifeology and Cochrane collaboration.



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Evidence for Maternity Care: new evidence and resources – July 2022 by Sarah Chapman and Selena Ryan-Vig

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