INTRODUCTION: SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that was first isolated in Wuhan, China, and resulted in a rapidly spreading pandemic worldwide . Currently there is only limited evidence on the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women . CASE: Here we present one of the first serious COVID-19 cases in pregnancy at term with subsequent delivery . Postpartum the mother required antibiotic and symptomatic treatment . She experienced acute worsening of symptoms and developed acute respiratory failure requiring endotracheal intubation and subsequently extracorporeal membrane oxygenation .
CONCLUSION: COVID-19 affects all medical disciplines, requiring interdisciplinary approaches and development of patient care regimes . Obstetricians should be aware and be prepared for the special needs of pregnant women with potential prenatal and postnatal issues . Ideally pregnant COVID-19 patients should be cared for at a tertiary perinatal center with experienced perinatologists and neonatologists.