Sumary of Mississippi health officials say stillbirths among unvaccinated pregnant women have DOUBLED:
- Mississippi health officials say stillbirths among pregnant women have doubled compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On Wednesday, State Health Officer Dr Thomas Dobbs said 72 fetal deaths have occurred among unvaccinated pregnant women infected with the virus.
- ‘[This is] twice the background rate of what we would’ve expected’ prior to the pandemic, Dobbs said at a news conference.
- Mississippi health officials said on Wednesday that stillbirths among unvaccinated pregnant women infected with COVID-19 have doubled with at least 72 deaths, twice as many as the usual rateAs of Wednesday, only 24.8 percent of pregnant people have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to CDC data.
- One study last month from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center found that women undergoing childbirth while infected with COVID-19 were 5.7 times more likely to end up in intensive care units at 5.2 percent compared to 0.9 percent of women without Covid.
- Dobbs also announced at the news conference that the state is investigating the deaths of eight pregnant women who had contracted COVID-19.The eight deaths have occurred over the span of four weeks as a surge of cases fueled by the Delta variant has ravaged the state.
- Many of the women had to undergo emergency Caesarean sections.