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.”

New York Times: Study Raises Concerns for Pregnant Women With the Coronavirus

New York Times: Study Raises Concerns for Pregnant Women With the Coronavirus. “Pregnant women infected with the coronavirus are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator than are infected women who are not pregnant, according to a new government analysis.”

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.”

During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies? (New York Times)

New York Times: During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?. “This spring, as countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange: Premature births were falling, in some cases drastically.”

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.”

ABC 7: CDC adds pregnant women to list of people at higher risk of severe coronavirus illness

ABC 7: CDC adds pregnant women to list of people at higher risk of severe coronavirus illness. “The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also changed the list of underlying conditions that make someone more susceptible to suffering and death. Sickle cell disease joined the list, for example. And the threshold for risky levels of obesity was lowered.”

Berkeley News: Google search data reveal Americans’ concerns about abortion

Berkeley News: Google search data reveal Americans’ concerns about abortion. “Residents of states with limited access to contraceptives and high rates of unplanned pregnancies are more likely to turn to the internet for information about abortion. These are the findings of a new study of Google search data across all 50 states by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.”

ProPublica: A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns

ProPublica: A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns. “Pregnant Native American women were singled out for COVID-19 testing based on their race and ZIP code, clinicians say. While awaiting results, some mothers were separated from their newborns, depriving them of the immediate contact doctors recommend.”

Route Fifty: Fearing Coronavirus, Many Rural Black Women Avoid Hospitals to Give Birth at Home

Route Fifty: Fearing Coronavirus, Many Rural Black Women Avoid Hospitals to Give Birth at Home. “Pregnant women in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi have been calling nonstop to CHOICES Midwifery Practice in Memphis, but the center is booked. The callers are terrified that they or their babies will contract the novel coronavirus if they deliver in hospitals. Some women live in rural areas far from hospitals and obstetrics units. The center’s clients are primarily black and other women of color. ”

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.”

CNBC: Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee

CNBC: Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee. “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into Google for pregnancy discrimination against an employee, according to materials viewed by CNBC.”