More than 600 babies have been born prematurely and are in need of critical care from mothers hospitalized due to COVID-19. Granthshala As women are warned, they are three times more likely to be born early with the virus.
The data covering the 17-month pandemic prompted the government to make pregnant women of all ages eligible for COVID-19 booster jobs.
Concern about pregnant women avoiding the vaccine has prompted chief medical officer Chris Whitty to urge mothers to respond fully, with this group falling as low as 15 percent last month.
open data by Granthshala A national obstetrics conference shows that, out of 3,306 babies born to mothers hospitalized with COVID-19 between March 2020 and the start of the pandemic in July 2021, 694 were born prematurely and 604 of them so Was ill that he had to be admitted to the critical care unit.
Dr Patrick O’Brien of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) said women’s admission to intensive care could be prevented, and even deaths, were reported.
“It’s a universal approach among doctors and midwifery advisory groups and scientific advisory groups,” he said. “So may I please encourage all women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant to get vaccinated.”
A top maternal mortality specialist, Professor Marion Knight, shared data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System showing that between February and September this year, more than 1,000 pregnant women were hospitalized with COVID-19, of which About 98 percent were not vaccinated. ,
He said the risk of premature birth was the most significant impact of Covid-19 on pregnant women “which is not really talked about or recognized.”
“We know that if you are admitted in pregnancy with symptoms of COVID, you as a woman have a one in 10 chance of being admitted to intensive care,” she said. “But you have a one in five chance of having a premature baby.
“And that’s two to three times your risk of having a preterm baby without COVID.”
Professor Knight said it has been “really difficult” for pregnant women because the messaging about vaccination has changed over the past year.
However, both she and Dr O’Brien called for all pregnant women to be eligible for booster vaccines – following a similar move by counterparts in the US last week.
Current guidance from the UK’s Joint Committee for Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) is that only pregnant women who are over 40 or within a medically vulnerable group are eligible.
Professor Knight’s figures show that 13 pregnant women died after being hospitalized with the disease during the Covid wave of February 2021, compared to 11 and nine in the previous two waves.
Dr O’Brien said: “Pregnant women are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 and being born prematurely due to severe infection can also put their babies at risk. We would urge the government to ensure that there is a plan in place for pregnant women to get the booster vaccine as soon as winter enters.
“Many pregnant women will be coming to the point where they had their second COVID-19 vaccine six months ago and it is important that they and their baby remain safe.”
He explained: “It’s not so much that the virus directly affects the babies, it’s that the virus is causing us to give birth to the baby early.”
Birth before 28 weeks increases the risk of serious long-term harm, while babies usually recover after 34 weeks.
Professor Asma Khalil from RCOG said: “We know that premature birth is associated with an increased risk of disability and also a higher chance of requiring admission to a neonatal care unit.
“I think if you put everything together, COVID can harm mother and baby, and we know the best way to protect mother and baby is through their vaccinations.”
‘They turned it around without us noticing it’
Asia, from south-east London, spoke Granthshala About the “horrific” experience of the birth of her son Daniel, 28 weeks after contracting COVID-19 last December, before vaccines were available.
By the time of her birth, 35-year-old Asiya, who was seven months pregnant, contracted COVID-19 along with her husband.
“All of a sudden, after about five days, I felt less movement from the baby,” she said. “They took me to A&E, then took me to the labor ward. The next day they said the baby was short of breath, we needed to get him out and that I would have an emergency C-section.
Although her husband was out of isolation, infection control rules meant he was not allowed at birth, nor was he able to see his wife initially.
“They showed me my baby for a second and then they showed it to my husband and then sent him to the neonatal unit,” Asya said.
“Daniel was born very young and actually tested positive for Covid-19. He had to undergo intubation, he had bleeding in his brain, and he was moved to a high level neonatal unit in a different hospital because of bleeding in his lungs. They turned him around without us seeing him and initially we were not allowed to meet him.”
Eventually Asiya and her husband were able to see their son, but only separately and once a day through “multiple layers of PPE”.
Daniels was in the neonatal unit for eight weeks. Describing her experience during this time, Asiya said: “It was really, really difficult. One of the hardest things was the problem with pumping breast milk… I didn’t have that much milk, probably because of trauma and separation, but it was really important for me to maintain my supply so that I could try to breastfeed. I can finally get it.”
She told how scary it was for her and her husband to come home from the hospital and leave Danielle…
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