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Petty Officer 1st Class Schenita Little receives prenatal counseling from Cecilia Kipnis, an obstetrician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Family Medicine Clinic.

Doctors and health officials are pleading with pregnant women to get vaccinated as more expectant mothers are ending up in the ICU with COVID-19 — and in some cases, they or their infants are dying — mostly in states with low vaccination rates. Read more»

Hospitalman Cierrajaye Santella prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated, following advice from the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Pregnant women should prioritize vaccination against COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Wednesday, citing rising numbers of expecting mothers admitted to hospitals with the virus. Read more»

The New England Journal of Medicine article was upfront about the fact that the data on miscarriage were limited.

Federal vaccine monitoring systems have identified no safety concerns with the COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people and preliminary CDC data show that miscarriage is not more frequent than expected in vaccinated people - however, online posts falsely contend that such data shows an 82% miscarriage rate. Read more»

Public health officials continue to gather information about the effect of the vaccines on pregnancy to capture any safety signals that might crop up.

Clinical trials and medical studies have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women, but online posts misrepresent unverified reports to misleadingly suggest “920 women” lost babies because they received the vaccination. Read more»

Not all Planned Parenthood affiliates perform abortions, but many do, and abortion opponents have complained for years that the federal funding was indirectly subsidizing the abortion industry.

The Biden administration Wednesday formally proposed the repeal of Trump-era regulations barring abortion referrals and making other changes intended to evict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the federal family planning program, Title X. Read more»

Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said people shouldn’t be worried about COVID-19 vaccines causing infertility. He said it is very hard for a vaccine to do something that natural infection doesn’t do, and fertility loss has not been reported even after roughly 67 million people in the U.S. have been infected.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement Feb. 5 assuring patients that there’s no evidence that the approved COVID-19 vaccines can impact the capacity to conceive children. Read more»

Display window at Cherished Memories, a keepsake ultrasound boutique at the Los Cerritos Center mall near Los Angeles.

The FDA has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, saying it is aware of “several enterprises” in the U.S. that perform ultrasounds on pregnant women for entertainment’s sake and then sell the images as keepsake photographs and videos. Read more»

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh falsely claimed that there wasn’t "one instance" where an abortion would be necessary to save the mother's life. But a doctors group said that more than 600 women die each year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. Read more»