Skip 
Navigation Link

1215 South Walnut Ave.
Demopolis, AL 36732 map map 

Access to Care: 1-800-239-2901




1215 South Walnut Ave.
Demopolis, AL 36732
334.289.2410 
334.289.2416 (fax)


powered by centersite dot net
Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide LaterBiden Sets New Goal of Vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4Wildfires Are Changing the Seasonal Air Quality of the U.S. WestYou Got Your COVID Shot: What to Do With That Vaccine CardUrgent Care or the ER? Which Should You Choose?Poll Reveals Who's Most Vaccine-Hesitant in America and WhyHead Injury, Alzheimer's Appear to Affect Brain in Similar WaysLow Risk of Mom Passing COVID to NewbornCDC Decision on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Expected FridayAHA News: How to Make Sure Everyone Gets a Fair Shot at the COVID-19 Vaccine'Disrupted' Sleep Could Be Seriously Affecting Your HealthWildfire Smoke Can Trigger Eczema, Study FindsHormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender PeopleCDC Panel Says It Needs More Time to Study J&J Vaccine Clotting CasesResearch Shows Links Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer'sNo Rise in Global Suicide Rate in First Months of PandemicNewborns Won't Get COVID Through Infected Mom's Breast Milk: StudyPandemic Has Put Many Clinical Trials on HoldStressed, Exhausted: Frontline Workers Faced Big Mental Strain in Pandemic'Heart-in-a-Box' Can Be Lifesaving, Matching Up Distant Donors With PatientsPublic Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: PollNearly 8 in 10 School, Child Care Staff Have Gotten at Least 1 Dose of COVID Vaccine: CDCStrain of COVID Care Has Many Health Professionals Looking for an ExitHow Willing Are Americans to Donate COVID Vaccines to Other Countries?Biden Administration Working on 'Vaccine Passport' InitiativeStates Race to Vaccinate Their ResidentsStudy Finds Growing Acceptance of COVID Vaccine by U.S. Health Care WorkersTalks With Doctors May Be Key to Vaccine Acceptance: StudyAs U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Are 'Vaccine Passports' for Americans Coming?'Race Gap' in U.S. Heart Health Has Changed Little in 20 Years: ReportPeople With Intellectual Disabilities at High Risk for Fatal COVID-19Driven by Anti-Vaxxers, Measles Outbreaks Cost Everyone MoneyAHA News: Dementia May Be a Risk Factor for Infection But Not Death From COVID-19Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: PollScams Await Many Americans Desperate to Get COVID VaccineEven 1 Concussion May Raise Your Odds for Dementia LaterGlobal Warming Could Make Survival in Tropics Impossible: StudyWildfire Smoke Is Especially Toxic to Lungs, Study ShowsPandemic Stress Has More Americans Grinding Their TeethCDC Issues New Guidelines for Vaccinated AmericansHow Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps EveryoneFormaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA WarningPandemic Is Hitting Hospitals Hard, Including Their Bottom LineMental Health 'Epidemic' Threatens Communities of Color Amid COVID-19Got a Vaccine-Skeptical Relative? Here's How to Talk to Them1 in 3 Americans Delayed, Skipped Medical Care During PandemicHealth Care After COVID: A New Focus on Infectious DiseasesSilent Killer: Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Dangers This WinterMost Americans Unhappy With U.S. Vaccine Rollout: PollAHA News: Surviving COVID-19 Survivor's Guilt
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to Newborn

HealthDay News
by Robert Preidt
Updated: Apr 26th 2021

new article illustration

MONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.

The new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a recent positive test for COVID-19.

Only about 2% of the 88% of babies who were tested for COVID-19 had a positive result.

But worsening COVID-19 illness in mothers-to-be accounted for about three-quarters of preterm births in the study group. Preterm birth increases the risk of short- and long-term complications in infants, including respiratory distress, chronic health problems and developmental disabilities.

The study was published online April 23 in JAMA Network Open.

"We found that of babies born to mothers with COVID-19, very few babies tested positive," senior author Dr. Mandy Brown Belfort said in a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center news release.

"Instead, the adverse health impact of maternal COVID-19 on the newborn was from preterm delivery, usually prompted by a mother's worsening illness. Our findings support the need for thoughtful and collaborative decision-making around delivery timing in the setting of maternal COVID-19 illness," added Belfort, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, in Boston.

The study also found that newborns of "socially vulnerable mothers" — those from poorer neighborhoods — had an increased risk for testing positive for COVID-19. This might be because these mothers have less access to care and face discrimination from health care providers, according to the researchers.

Discrimination may also cause chronic stress, which can reduce the immune system's ability to fight viruses, they noted.

Study co-author Dr. Asimenia Angelidou said, "We expected the mode of delivery and/or the degree of maternal illness to increase the risk of newborn infection, but were surprised to find that this was not the case." Angelidou is a neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"While the low rates of neonatal infection we observed are reassuring, it is important that providers remain vigilant," she added. "Even during public health emergencies like the ongoing pandemic, providers need to carefully monitor newborns for atypical signs of the illness, while also trying to avoid unnecessary premature deliveries that pose inherent risks for both mother and child."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19 and pregnancy.

SOURCE: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, news release, April 23, 2021