ST. LOUIS – As the Omicron variant of COVID continues to increase throughout the St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital says it is seeing an impact on pregnant women.
Ebony Carter, a high-risk obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Washington, said about 37% of pregnant women tested positive for COVID when they visited the hospital this week. Last week, said it was up to 45%.
Dr Carter said: “We have never seen numbers this high.
She explained that when the Delta variant spiked in August, 20% of pregnant women in the hospital tested positive for COVID.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is implementing universal testing for all hospitalized patients.
When comparing pregnant people with hospitalized non-pregnants, pregnant patients have a 50% higher risk of contracting COVID at this point, Dr. Carter explained.
She says she’s heard from some patients that they want to wait until the baby is born to get the shot or booster shot. She explains that vaccines and boosters are the best way to protect against hospitalization during pregnancy. She says it also increases the chance of preterm birth or stillbirth.
“Pregnancy is also a time of high risk of infection because you don’t have the same defenses as before because you don’t want to attack this developing baby inside of you. So for that reason, I think pregnant patients, when you have a spike like this, are at a much higher risk, not just because of the pregnancy, but because they’re not protected by the injection. race like the rest. Dr. Carter explains.
Dr. Carter said if you were boosted during pregnancy, then the rate of patients being hospitalized would decrease by 90%. If a patient were to take just two doses, she said, the rate of needing to be hospitalized would drop to 60%.
The Barnes-Jewish medical experts also say that recent studies have determined that women who receive additional COVID shots are more likely to pass on protective antibodies to their babies.
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