COVID-19 and Risk of Pre-Term Birth
When it comes to pre-term birth, the incidence is higher if you contract COVID-19.
According to Susan J. Dulkerian, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics, and Medical Director, Newborn Services in The Family Childbirth and Children’s Center at Mercy, studies show if you have another medical problem like hypertension or diabetes, the rate of premature births goes up to 160%.
Dr. Dulkerian noted that vaccines are safe for pregnant women.
"We know that the vaccines are safe. It's really important to get that vaccine to pass on that immunity to your child who can't get the vaccine right now," she said.
Babies are also able to get some immunity from COVID-19 through breast milk.
Testing of newborns has found they have antibodies right away.
To view Mercy neonatologist Dr. Susan Dulkerian’s interview regarding COVID-19 and pre-term birth, click here.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.