Midwife busts myths about pregnant women getting the Covid-19 vaccine as she reveals the horrific effects not getting the shot can have on unborn babies
An obstetrician on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus in Australia has debunked theories about the effect of the Covid vaccine on pregnant women.
dr. Gauthami Bhagwanani, director of the Birth Department at Liverpool Hospital, appeared at NSW’s Covid-19 press conference on Wednesday to warn expectant mothers that the virus itself poses a much greater risk to their unborn baby than the Covid-19 shot.
“The vaccine does not increase your baby’s risk of miscarriage or structural abnormalities,” she said.
“It doesn’t affect your fertility. What poses the greatest risk to women and their babies is not the vaccine. It’s the Covid-19 infection itself.’
She also lashed out at claims that the vaccines had not been adequately tested on pregnant women before being rolled out to the public.
“In Australia, we’ve had the added benefit of seeing the effects of the vaccine in pregnant women abroad,” she said.
‘More than 100,000 women were included in studies from the US and UK. These have not shown any adverse effects on your baby.’
An obstetrician on the front lines of Australia’s fight against the coronavirus has debunked theories about the Covid vaccine’s effect on pregnant women (file image of a pregnant woman receiving a Covid-19 dose)
dr. In contrast, Bhagwanani said catching Covid-19 doubled the risk of pregnant women needing ICU admission and increased the likelihood that they would need invasive ventilation that could harm their babies.
She spoke of the heartache of seeing mothers so sick with the virus that they had to deliver their babies prematurely.
“By getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding, you’re not only protecting yourself, but your baby and the rest of your family,” she said.
‘The antibodies you make after the vaccination can also offer your baby some protection.’
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