Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians (National Library of Medicine)

National Library of Medicine: Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians. “Using PubMed and MedlinePlus as well as curating more online resources, this new toolkit gives librarians a ready-made, customizable bank of resources so that they can distribute pre-prepared resources or customize our resources templates to suit their specific library’s needs and ensures that librarians have access to high-quality, evidence-based information about prenatal, expecting, and postpartum needs to distribute to patrons, with the option to tailor it to suit their patrons’ needs.”

Northwestern Medicine: Teaching AI to Read Fetal Ultrasound in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Northwestern Medicine: Teaching AI to Read Fetal Ultrasound in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. “Northwestern Medicine and Google are collaborating on a project to bring fetal ultrasound to developing countries by combining AI (artificial intelligence), low-cost hand-held ultrasound devices and a smartphone. The project will develop algorithms enabling AI to read ultrasound images from these devices taken by lightly trained community health workers and even pregnant people at home, with the aim of assessing the wellness of both the birthing parent and baby.”

Vox: Maternity wards are shuttering across the US during the pandemic

Vox: Maternity wards are shuttering across the US during the pandemic. “Across the country, from suburban San Diego to rural Connecticut, maternity wards have been shutting down for good during the Covid-19 pandemic. This wave of closures has been building for years, but it appears to be accelerating during the pandemic. It could make birth even more dangerous in the US, which already sees far more deaths per capita among infants and pregnant women than comparably wealthy countries.”

WGN: Pandemic causes dip in birth rate, mental health crisis among pregnant, post-partum women

WGN: Pandemic causes dip in birth rate, mental health crisis among pregnant, post-partum women. “COVID-19 has had an impact on pregnant and postpartum women during the pandemic. The Illinois Department of Public Health has been tracking the number of women testing positive for COVID-19 at delivery. The latest data shows from March 2020 to March 2021, there were nearly 1,500 positive cases.”

Washington Post: Chris Crouch was anti-vaccine. Now his pregnant wife had covid, and he faced a terrible choice.

Washington Post: Chris Crouch was anti-vaccine. Now his pregnant wife had covid, and he faced a terrible choice.. “As the pandemic enters its third year, untold numbers of Americans have agonized over such treatment questions that could mean life or death for their loved ones. Confronting the possible loss of a spouse or life partner is invariably painful, but with covid-19, the severity and suddenness of the illness and the isolation from friends and family have compounded the torment.”

New York Times: Unvaccinated women with Covid are more likely to lose fetuses and infants, Scottish data show.

New York Times: Unvaccinated women with Covid are more likely to lose fetuses and infants, Scottish data show.. “Researchers in Scotland reported on Thursday that pregnant women with Covid were not only at greater risk of developing severe disease, but also more likely to lose their fetuses and babies in the womb or shortly after birth, compared with other women who gave birth during the pandemic.”

CNET: What to know about COVID vaccines and boosters during pregnancy

CNET: What to know about COVID vaccines and boosters during pregnancy. “As of mid-September, only 31% of pregnant people were vaccinated against COVID-19 — a much lower rate than the general US adult population — but they had a 70% increased risk of dying from symptomatic COVID-19 compared to people who weren’t pregnant. Now, research is showing that pregnant people with COVID-19 have a higher risk of their baby being stillborn, according to a November report by the CDC. ”

Stony Brook University: Study Shows Pandemic, Discrimination Contribute to Fewer Infant Vaccinations

Stony Brook University: Study Shows Pandemic, Discrimination Contribute to Fewer Infant Vaccinations. “A new study summarized in a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics reveals that a number of factors, including negative impacts from the pandemic during pregnancy, healthcare experiences, and reports of discrimination, made it less likely that infants received their recommended vaccinations in the first months of their lives.”

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine (Associated Press)

Associated Press: COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine. “Since the pandemic began, health officials have reported more than 125,000 cases and at least 161 deaths of pregnant women from COVID-19 in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And over the past several months, hospitals and doctors in virus hot spots have reported a sharp increase in the number of severely ill pregnant women. With just 31% of pregnant women nationwide vaccinated, the CDC issued an urgent advisory on Sept. 29 recommending that they get the shots.”