WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin — A local obstetrician is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Program found an alarming rise in the number of unvaccinated pregnant women dying from coronavirus in Wisconsin.
According to the program, there are also several cases where the infant has also died from the virus.
Dr. Stacy Syrcle, an obstetrician at Advocate Aurora Health in West Allis, says getting vaccinated during pregnancy could save both the mother’s and the baby’s life if COVID-19 is contracted during pregnancy.
“If you contract COVID-19 while pregnant, you’re at greater risk of complications, both for you and your baby,” said Dr. Sircle. “There is ample evidence showing an increased risk of hospitalization, ICU stays and death in pregnant women, as well as risk to the baby, including: preterm birth, NICU admissions, growth restriction and infant stillbirth.”
Dr. Syrcle was vaccinated when she was 11 weeks pregnant with her baby Lily. This vaccination happened way back in 2020, before there was a body of research into the effects of the COVID-19 vaccines on pregnant women and their babies.
“We have been vaccinating pregnant women with the COVID-19 vaccine for a year now and all the data shown so far has been shown to be safe and effective and this is the best they can do to prevent serious complications in pregnancy.” , said she said.
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 34.8% of pregnant women in the United States are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Doctors believe misinformation on social media is responsible for this low number.
Dr. Syrcle recommends that pregnant women who are reluctant to get vaccinated read the guidelines from the CDC, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, all of which support vaccination during pregnancy.
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