Mississippi Stillbirths Double During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Mississippi Stillbirths Double During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Officials in Mississippi, one of the states with the lowest coronavirus vaccination rates, are urging pregnant women to get inoculated against the virus as a new wave of infections driven by the delta variant has caused an uptick of deaths among unvaccinated pregnant women in the state, as well as of stillbirths.

Key Facts

During a Wednesday press conference, Mississippi officials said eight women in Mississippi have died of coronavirus in recent weeks, all of whom were unvaccinated.

There have been 72 stillbirths among unvaccinated mothers, which is the death of a baby in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy, roughly double the normal rate, Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said Wednesday, which he described as “a real tragedy.”

Dobbs urged Mississippi residents, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to “protect the most vulnerable people within our population.”

Only 40% of Mississippi residents are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, compared to 54% of the overall U.S. population. Less than 25% of pregnant people in the U.S. have been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Key Background

Coronavirus is especially dangerous in pregnant women and can be deadly for the baby in the womb, health experts say, with one study released in July finding that pregnant individuals infected with coronavirus have a higher likelihood of giving birth before full term, which is associated with lifelong health problems for babies. Last month, the CDC  recommended that pregnant people get vaccinated against coronavirus, saying there’s no evidence the vaccines are dangerous or increase the likelihood of miscarriage. A study out this week suggested that vaccinated mothers can pass along coronavirus antibodies to their babies through breastmilk.

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CDC: Pregnant Women Should Get Vaccinated Against Coronavirus (Forbes)Key background

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