Many of you have reached out to me directly with questions about the COVID vaccine and with questions about the Booster. As a midwife, I take my information directly from our scientific sources that include the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG), the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information on the CDC’s website continues to recommend (as of Jan. 28, 2022):
- People who are pregnant or recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with people who are not pregnant.
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
- People who are pregnant should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when it’s time to get one.
- Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
- There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
At present, my recommendation continues to be that everyone should discuss their situation or circumstances with their physician or midwife to assist them to make the best, informed choice.
The link to the CDC’s information is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy
You can also sign up for email updates from the CDC on their webpage.
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