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COVID-19 Precautions for Pregnant Women

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Jun 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Children who are infected with COVID-19 do not appear to be as sick as adults. Children are also less likely to experience severe illness or symptoms. However, there may be higher risks for young infants and pregnant mothers who are infected with the virus. 

If a doctor or medical professional fails to diagnose an infection or fails to properly monitor a pregnant woman before, during, and after labor, it may put the mother and child at risk. If you believe that your child suffered an injury caused by a Philadelphia doctor's medical malpractice, the team of attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help. 

Babies and COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “data suggest that infants (<12 months of age) may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with older children.” Signs of infection among neonates (≤28 days old) include:

  • Fever, 
  • Lethargy, 
  • Runny nose,
  • Cough, 
  • Rapid breathing rate, 
  • Increased work of breathing, 
  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea, 
  • Feeding intolerance, and
  • Decreased intake. 

Transmission of COVID-19 to neonates is thought to occur through respiratory droplets during exposure to mothers, caregivers, visitors, or healthcare personnel. However, there may be a possibility of intrapartum or peripartum transmission. Testing is recommended for all neonates born to women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. 

Pregnant Women and COVID-19

Pregnant women generally have a higher risk of respiratory infections. This may include an increased risk of infection from COVID-19. Pregnant women may also have a harder time social distancing because of the care they need from friends, family, and medical professionals during pregnancy.

Possible Damage to the Placenta in COVID-19 Pregnant Women 

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology suggests pregnant women may show evidence of injury to the placenta after testing positive for COVID-19. According to the researcher, women with COVID-19 should be monitored more closely. 

The study involved testing placentas from 16 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19. Pathological exams following birth showed abnormal blood flow between the mothers and their babies in utero. However, the placental injury, “doesn't appear to be inducing negative outcomes in live-born infants, based on our limited data.” 

According to the co-author, Dr. Emily Miller, “this preliminary glimpse into how COVID-19 might cause changes in the placenta carries some pretty significant implications for the health of a pregnancy.” 

Failure to Monitor and Failure to Diagnose

Doctors and healthcare professionals who are caring for pregnant women should monitor the health of the mother and unborn child, to give both the best chance of success after pregnancy. The current coronavirus pandemic makes it even more important to monitor symptoms to protect the mother and child. Failure to monitor and failure to diagnose could result in injury to the mother and infant. 

Philadelphia and Maryland Birth Injury Lawyers

If you believe that your child suffered a birth injury as the result of a doctor's negligence, it's critical to speak with a medical malpractice attorney who has experience with cases involving birth injuries. To discuss your child's injury with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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