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More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, mothers and newborns continue to be significantly impacted by theCOVID-19 pandemic. This is partly due to direct risk from COVID-19 infection. However, it is also due to widespread misinformation, poor communication, and implementation of non-evidence-based policies intended to reduce COVID-19 transmission but that actually increased risk to mothers and newborns. Here are five key messages to protect women and newborns and maintain progress toward preventing maternal and newborn mortality.