College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 12:31:23



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


COVID-19 affected the world in many ways. Pregnant women were greatly impacted by a change in their access to prenatal care, from in-person care to telehealth methods, and social support being limited by social isolation. Compared with prevalence of anxiety and depression in pregnant women pre-COVID-19, pregnant women during COVID-19 reported higher levels of anxiety and depression symptoms due to the stress of circumstantial changes. The purpose of this systematic review is to review and critically appraise the evidence about access to prenatal care and mental health in pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following PICOT formatted question will be answered: In pregnant women, how does adequate access to prenatal care and mental health during COVID-19 compare with access and mental health pre-COVID? Systematic search methods using keywords resulted in selecting twenty-two research sources. Publications were clustered on the following commonalities: access to prenatal care and communication, and mental health and social support. Through critical appraisal of the evidence, recommendations developed include increased education, mental health screenings, and proper social support to improve outcomes of pregnant women.

Research Sponsor

Debra Horning

First Reader

Michele Zelko

Second Reader

Breanna Millsap

Honors Faculty Advisor

Sheau-Huey Chiu

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