Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions. “Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood. Researchers at Penn State and Dalhousie University have unraveled the sentiments in nursing mothers’ tweets to better understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors. They hope the findings can inform policies and interventions to support and improve resources for nursing mothers, such as breastfeeding support, workplace accommodations and technological aids such as apps.”

New York Times: More pregnant women died and stillbirths increased steeply during the pandemic, studies show.

New York Times: More pregnant women died and stillbirths increased steeply during the pandemic, studies show.. “Reviewing data on more than six million pregnancies, the investigators found evidence that disruptions to health care systems and patients’ fear of becoming infected at clinics may have led to avoidable deaths of mothers and babies, especially in low- and middle-income countries.”

Business Insider: A baby girl born to a partially vaccinated healthcare worker has COVID-19 antibodies

Business Insider: A baby girl born to a partially vaccinated healthcare worker has COVID-19 antibodies. “A baby girl born three weeks after her mom got the first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has antibodies against the virus, a February pre-print paper reported. After getting the shot, the mom, a healthcare worker in Florida, developed COVID-19 antibodies.”

New York Times: Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine

New York Times: Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet endorsed the vaccine for pregnant women, but an advisory committee to the agency is expected to meet this weekend to make further recommendations. Some experts said the virus itself poses greater risks to pregnant women than the new vaccine, and noted that vaccines have been given to pregnant women for decades and have been overwhelmingly safe.”

MIT Technology Review: Pregnant in the pandemic? It helps to have good Wi-Fi.

MIT Technology Review: Pregnant in the pandemic? It helps to have good Wi-Fi.. “Pregnancy, including birth and aftercare, is the single largest reason for hospital visits in the US, and on average a typical pregnancy will involve between 12 and 14 medical appointments. Proper prenatal visits can prevent life-threatening complications. But limiting in-person care is vital during the pandemic, especially for pregnant women, who are more likely to develop severe or even fatal covid infections. As a result, an unprecedented number of women are turning to virtual care or telehealth services such as video appointments, text support, and phone calls. ”

New York Times: Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

New York Times: Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence. “Studies in Ireland and Denmark this summer showed that preterm births decreased in the spring during lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus in those countries. Anecdotally, doctors around the world reported similar drops. They speculated that reduced stress on mothers, cleaner air or better hygiene might have contributed. A large study from the Netherlands, published on Tuesday in The Lancet Public Health, has yielded even stronger evidence of an association between the lockdowns and a smaller number of early births.”

ProPublica: Agonizing Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk

ProPublica: Agonizing Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk. “The CDC had been asserting that pregnant women don’t seem to be at higher risk for severe complications from the virus. As recently as late May, a spokesperson told ProPublica, ‘Current evidence shows pregnant women have the same risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as adults who are not pregnant.’ Then, the agency abruptly changed its tone. In its first examination of U.S. data on COVID-19 in pregnancy, the CDC found that expectant mothers with the virus had a 50% higher chance of being admitted to intensive care and a 70% higher chance of being intubated than nonpregnant women in their childbearing years.”

Cardiff University: Researchers launch project to investigate how Covid-19 affects pregnancy

Cardiff University: Researchers launch project to investigate how Covid-19 affects pregnancy. “Cardiff University is collaborating with Imperial College London to establish a global registry of those affected by Covid-19 in pregnancy. The Centre for Trials Research (CTR) will host the PAN-COVID online database of women with suspected and confirmed coronavirus from early pregnancy to after delivery of the baby.”

CNN: As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns

CNN: As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns. “Hospitals across the United States continue to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients; in New York, patient beds line the hallways of some facilities, morgues are overflowing and supplies like ventilators are in short supply. As a result, an increasing number of hospitals are banning or limiting visitations to nurseries specializing in the care of ill or premature newborns — a demographic that is particularly vulnerable to contracting outside sicknesses.”