Category: COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby

There is currently no evidence that antibodies made following COVID-19 vaccination or that vaccine ingredients would cause any problems with becoming pregnant now or in the future. In a recent in vitro fertilization study, researchers compared pregnancy success rates among three groups of women. Research Studies of Fertility in Healthy Males – Currently no evidence shows […]

Noncommunicable Diseases Kill Slowly in Normal Times and Quickly in COVID-19 Times

The prevalence of NCDs generally—and obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes in particular—has had profound implications for how countries have fared in the pandemic. Unlike general health burdens, higher NCD burdens—or high numbers of death and disability from NCDs, as measured in disability-adjusted life years or DALYs—have also corresponded in certain countries with higher rates […]

Maternal and Child Outcomes Reported by Breastfeeding Women Following Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccination

Clinical trials for both the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 and Moderna messenger RNA (mRNA)-1273 COVID-19 vaccines demonstrated ability to prevent infection and severe disease, leading to emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2020.1,2 The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine have recommended that these […]

Covid: Global healthcare workers missing out on jabs

There were promises they would be among the first to be jabbed. But the International Council of Nurses (ICN), which represents 27 million professionals, says tens of millions have not even had one dose. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates around 200 have died each day since the pandemic began. Howard Catton, chief executive of […]

Postpartum depression on the rise, especially for women of color, during COVID-19 pandemic

Although the California Department of Public Health has not released figures on the number of women with postpartum depression since 2018, experts say that an increase in calls from women asking for help from local nonprofit organizations, along with lengthening hospital waiting lists, indicate that postpartum depression cases may have increased dramatically over the course […]

A Dual Pandemic: COVID-19 and Sexism

Women have long been relied upon to serve as caretakers, but who is taking care of them? In a period of sustained crisis, women have also shouldered the burdens of child/elder care, widespread employment discrimination, and gender-based violence (GBV). As we continue to respond to the pandemic, women cannot be left behind. They need to […]

As ICUs reach capacity, pregnant women must get vaccinated

As the chief medical officer for a large obstetrics (OB) medical network whose obstetrician/gynecologists are available in the hospital 24/7, I work with fellow OB/GYNs and labor and delivery rooms throughout the country.  In recent weeks, our network of 1,000+ OBs are witnessing a disturbing trend among pregnant women — between 200-250 distinct patients are showing […]

COVID-19 Q&A with Heidi Murkoff and Dr. Anthony Fauci

Heidi Murkoff sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to answer your top questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The two discuss everything from why getting vaccinated is a safe choice for expectant parents to the best ways to keep your little ones protected.