New Zealand Registry of Covid-19 in Pregnancy

How many women in New Zealand are affected by Covid-19 and how does this affect them and their babies? This registry is for all New Zealand women who are at any stage of pregnancy or have been pregnant in the last 6 weeks, with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.

Notify a case of Covid-19 in pregnancy

To notify a case of Covid-19 in pregnancy please complete this online form. If you require any assistance please contact us via email at covid19@auckland.ac.nz or call us on 021 0831 4824.

Background to the Registry

We are still learning how commonly women are affected by Covid-19 and the affects this has on pregnant women and their babies. We also have limited information about whether unwell mothers can pass Covid-19 to their baby during pregnancy or after birth.  

The registry investigator group includes representatives from the wider maternity community including consumers. It has been developed in consultation with members/representatives of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku He Hono Wāhine (Māori women’s health subcommittee of the New Zealand office of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)), the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM), the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and RANZCOG.

Why is the Registry important?

A registry is needed for us to know how New Zealand women and their babies have been affected by Covid-19 during pregnancy. It is important that we are able to consider whether hapū wāhine Māori are impacted differently by Covid-19.   

What is the Registry trying to find out?

We’d like to know:

  • How many cases of Covid-19 in pregnancy are there in New Zealand.
  • How pregnancies are affected when the mother has Covid-19.
  • Whether there are differences depending on the stage of the pregnancy when the mother is unwell.
  • What the risks are that a mother will pass Covid-19 to her baby.
  • How many cases of Covid-19 in pregnancy there are in Māori and other ethnicities.
  • Whether any of the of the risks and outcomes are different for different ethnicities.
  • How New Zealand’s management of Covid-19 in pregnancy differs from other countries and whether this affects outcomes.

Who is included?

All New Zealand women who are either confirmed or suspected to have Covid-19 while they are pregnant or within 6 weeks of the end of pregnancy. We are asking health professionals to let each individual woman know that they will be included in the registry. You can choose to ‘opt-out’ by contacting the registry researchers at 021 0831 4824 or emailing covid19@auckland.ac.nz.

What does the Registry involve?

Lead Maternity Carers, including midwives and obstetricians, hospital clinical staff, and General  Practitioners are asked to notify the Registry of any cases of Covid-19 in pregnancy via email.

If you are a pregnant woman and would like to let us know you are confirmed or suspected of having Covid-19, and are unsure whether your caregiver has notified us, you can notify us at any time. We will then follow up with your nominated LMC or Doctor to collect the Registry data.

The Registry takes privacy very seriously, and personal details of women and their babies will remain confidential. Information is stored securely by the researchers at the University of Auckland and only a very small number of people will be able to access this. Each individual is assigned a registry code so that personal information and registry data can be stored separately. Any publications or reports present grouped data and will not personally identify any individual.  

How can I find out more?

You can download the Registry Participant Information Sheet or the Health Professional Information Sheet below. To contact the Registry team, email covid19@auckland.ac.nz or contact our research midwife on 021 0831 4824.