Sumary of Hard-hit states add another concern: Stillbirths in unvaccinated women:
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 266 pregnancies have ended in a loss since the start of the pandemic.
- Even before the pandemic, the state had the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S., at more than 9 per 1,000 births.
- Whether the apparent trend in Mississippi exemplifies what is happening in other parts of the country remains to be seen.
- At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Covid-associated stillbirth rate has ranged from 3 percent to 6 percent during the pandemic, said Dr. Akila Subramaniam, an associate professor at the UAB’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
- (Nationally, the stillbirth rate is less than 1 percent, but UAB treats high-risk pregnancies.
- It’s possible that physicians are seeing an increase in stillbirths only because there are more pregnant women sick with Covid-19, said Dr. Brenna Hughes, chief of the Duke University Medical Center’s Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
- The super contagious delta variant of Covid-19 has led to a surge in younger adults getting infected, including women of child-bearing age.
- “Since we’re seeing more pregnant people getting ill, it’s not surprising to me that unfortunately we areseeing a higher rate of fetal losses and stillbirth,” Hughes said.