We’re here to help you navigate pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 855-895-5825.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus Vaccines and Pregnancy
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women and unborn babies?
While safety of all medications and vaccines in pregnancy continues to be studied, medical experts from around the U.S. believe the COVID-19 vaccine is safe to receive during pregnancy. This is based on both its known mechanism of action, and the results of pregnancy outcomes in which the patient was vaccinated. Although pregnant persons are nearly always excluded from initial trials of medications or vaccines, over 153,000 have registered with the CDC’s V-safe pregnancy registry. To date, the known outcomes of these pregnancies have not shown any unexpected increased rates of pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, congenital anomalies, fetal growth restrictions, preterm birth, stillbirth or neonatal death.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all eligible persons, including pregnant and lactating individuals, receive a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series. The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommends that pregnant and lactating people be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Are there benefits to my baby if I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
The primary benefit to your unborn baby is the protection the vaccine provides you from infection. Small but ongoing studies have also found protective, vaccine-induced maternal antibodies in the umbilical cord blood and in breast milk samples. These may help protect your newborn against COVID-19 infection.
Are individuals who are pregnant at increased risk of COVID-19 or its complications?
The current data suggest that pregnancy does not increase your chance to be infected but may increase the risk for a more severe clinical course, including hospitalization, mechanical ventilation and death. Although more than 90% of pregnant persons recover without hospitalization, rapid clinical deterioration can occur.
Risk factors for more severe disease are similar to non-pregnant patients, including older age (especially older than 35), maternal obesity, and preexisting medical conditions (especially high blood pressure and diabetes). Additionally, the risk of pre-term delivery and cesarean delivery appears to be increased in pregnant patients with COVID-19, possibly due to the need to deliver early as part of the management of severe disease.
Should mothers receive the vaccine while lactating?
The COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for mothers during lactation. Although breastfeeding patients were not included in the initial large vaccine trials, available vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to the breastfeeding child. These vaccines do not contain infectious virus and any vaccine that crosses into breast milk and is then ingested by the infant is likely to be inactivated by the infant's digestive system.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine have a negative impact on my future fertility?
Claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility are unfounded and have no scientific evidence supporting them. It is not necessary to delay pregnancy after vaccination.
Prenatal Appointments, Labor and Delivery During COVID-19
Can I have my support person with me during labor?
Yes, two support persons are allowed to stay with you during labor and delivery. For antepartum visitation, you may designate only one support person to visit from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Nobody but this designated support person may visit. For postpartum visitation, may have one support person present.
Is it still safe to come to the hospital or clinic?
All hospitals and clinics are open and ready to serve patients. We are encouraging video visits through MyChart when possible, and using strict safety measures during in-person appointments.
Prenatal appointments are very important to the health of both you and your baby. You should plan to attend all appointments unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
What are you doing to keep patients and families safe?
We’re using a number of strict safety measures to help keep everyone in our facilities safe. We’ve integrated the following guidelines from the CDC and San Bernardino County Department of Public Health:
- Temperature checks and screening questionnaires are being administered at the entry points into all of our facilities.
- Patients, caregivers and visitors are screened daily for symptoms.
- Visitor restrictions limit the number of people in our facilities and lower the chances of virus transmission.
- Separate units for COVID-19 patients and strict care plans help avoid spreading the virus.
- Masks are required for everyone within our facilities.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is fully stocked and utilized by our staff according to national guidelines.
- Patients receive COVID-19 testing upon admission and prior to surgery.
- Appropriate cleaning procedures are used in every facility.
- Only essential staff are working at our facilities.