Senior midwife urges pregnant women in Leeds to get Covid-19 vaccination

A senior midwife has urged pregnant women in Leeds to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their baby against the serious effects of COVID-19.

By Rebecca Marano
Thursday, 9th December 2021, 11:35 am
Updated Thursday, 9th December 2021, 11:36 am
Local health chiefs are keen to make sure women are aware of the dangers Covid-19 can present to their baby and get protected as soon as possible. Photo: PA.
Local health chiefs are keen to make sure women are aware of the dangers Covid-19 can present to their baby and get protected as soon as possible. Photo: PA.

Covid-19 increases the risk of still birth and giving birth prematurely, as well as the risk of pre-eclampsia.

However, according to recent data, only 56 per cent of pregnant women in Yorkshire and the North East have been vaccinated and just 42 per cent have had both doses.

Director if Midwifery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Susan Gibson, said: “We do understand that some women are concerned about having the vaccine when pregnant but want to reassure them that not only will it not harm their baby, it will actually protect both them and their baby from the serious effects that COVID-19 can cause.

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"All the evidence has shown that it is safe to have the vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy or when you are trying to conceive so if you are pregnant and haven’t had your first or second dose, please book an appointment as soon as possible.”

The vaccine was not routinely offered to pregnant women at first but as further data became available, the JCVI was able to review this and confirmed that the vaccine was both safe and effective to take in pregnancy.

This is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, which have both recommended vaccinations as one of the best defences for pregnant women against severe COVID-19 infection

Susan Gibson added: “I really can’t stress enough how important it is to get the vaccine if you are pregnant to protect both you and your baby.

"There has been a lot of misinformation about the vaccines, especially around pregnancy and concieving so if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your midwife or GP to make sure you get accurate information.”

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