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: 18 Days After Giving Birth, Woman Dies From Covid-19

New York Times: 18 Days After Giving Birth, Woman Dies From Covid-19. “Erika Becerra was eight months pregnant when she learned she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Almost immediately after she got the result, her body began aching, she developed a fever and she felt tightness in her chest. When she began having trouble breathing, her husband called for an ambulance. Three days later, on Nov. 15, she gave birth in a Detroit hospital to a healthy boy, Diego. She never got to hold him, her brother told KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.”

Route Fifty: Here Comes the Covid-19 Baby Bust

Route Fifty: Here Comes the Covid-19 Baby Bust. “The resulting decline in births, whenever it kicks in, could be quite large. In June, the economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine projected that 300,000 to 500,000 fewer babies might be born in 2021 than there would have been otherwise. ‘We see no reason to think that our estimate was too large at this point,’ Kearney told me five months after the analysis was published. ‘In fact, given the ongoing stress for current parents associated with school closures, the effect might even be larger than what we predicted.’”

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.”

BuzzFeed News: Doulas Are Using The Internet To Warn Each Other About People Pretending To Be Pregnant

BuzzFeed News: Doulas Are Using The Internet To Warn Each Other About People Pretending To Be Pregnant. “Doulas act as nonmedical support during childbirth. This might mean helping make a birth plan, helping labor at home, advising when to head to the hospital, emotional support, and help with baby care and breastfeeding postpartum. The work has a surprising problem: For years, doulas have dealt with fakers who want to roleplay a pregnancy or childbirth fantasy. They can’t stop it, but doulas are organizing using Facebook groups to warn each other.”

Well+Good: New Database Explains If Your Medication Is Safe To Take During and After Pregnancy

Well+Good: New Database Explains If Your Medication Is Safe To Take During and After Pregnancy . “From anti-anxiety medications to constipation aids, you can find information on lactating– and pregnancy-safe medications and others that are unsafe. Each listing includes classification, any scientific names and common brand names, what it’s used for, pregnancy risks and recommendations, and lactation risks and recommendations. You’ll also find links to references, in case you want to dig a bit deeper into the sources cited.”

Washington Post: The number of pregnant Latinas with covid-19 is staggering. And a warning sign, doctors say.

Washington Post: The number of pregnant Latinas with covid-19 is staggering. And a warning sign, doctors say.. “More than two months have passed since Ana returned from the D.C. hospital to meet her new daughters for the first time, since she woke up from a deep sedation to learn that she had been intubated for the first three weeks of the infants’ lives, battling complications from covid-19. Her head still aches. She lost 50 pounds. She can’t breastfeed. The fatigue and dizziness and shortness of breath make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Doctors say it could take months for her to fully recover from the weeks she spent connected to a ventilator and to an aggressive life support machine that pumped blood into her lungs and heart.”