ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) – There is a wave of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19 across America. Health officials are urging moms to get vaccinated, but not all are ready to roll up their sleeves.
“It’s really scary to see these patients breathlessly trying to really get better to have this happy outcome with their babies and deliveries,” said Dr. Yvette Cordova of Jackson Health Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Some women even die before they can see or hold their newborn baby. In Mississippi, Dr Thomas Dobbs, the public health officer, said they had lost eight mothers in the past four weeks. Their babies all survived, but will now grow up without their mothers.
“It was a tragedy,” Dobbs said.
Melissa Ceden-Yo is the happy and relieved mother of a new 10-pound, 2-ounce baby boy named Wyatt James. The new mom says she regrets not having been vaccinated. It wasn’t that long ago that she didn’t know if she or her baby would live to see this day.
After two miscarriages, when Ceden-Yo got pregnant this time, she said she was reluctant to put anything in her body that could harm the baby.
“I had not been vaccinated because I was worried about what was in the vaccine and how it would affect the baby and myself and I was just not sure”, a- she explained in a video she shared with her “group of moms”.
At 25 weeks, when she contracted COVID-19, she ended up in the hospital for six days.
“I ended up pumping my body and therefore the baby with everything, Tylenol, Robitussin, steroids – while I was in the hospital – antivirals, anti-clots, albuterol,” he said. said Ceden-Yo.
Across the country, doctors say the delta variant hits pregnant women hard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges all pregnant women to get vaccinated. The CDC says studies show it’s safe for mothers and their babies. But so far, less than 25% of pregnant women have rolled up their sleeves.
Ceden-Yo said she wished she had taken that advice. “If I could go back and do it again, I would have been vaccinated the first minute it was available to me. “
Doctors said baby Wyatt was healthy and showing no ill effects from Ceden-Yo having had COVID-19 during the pregnancy. Ceden-Yo says she plans to get the shot as soon as she can.