HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Doctors have confirmed that a pregnant woman in the islands who was seriously ill and hospitalized with COVID recently died after giving birth, a tragic first for Hawaii.
After the death, health authorities urge pregnant women to get vaccinated.
“We were informed of a maternal death – a mother who died after giving birth after giving birth,” said Dr. Stacy Tsai, Chair of the Hawaii State Maternal Mortality Review Committee. “The baby was born and is fine. Unfortunately, the mother had a very serious illness from COVID. “
Due to medical reasons, Tsai cannot reveal many details about the mother’s case or vaccination status. But she said the loss affects everyone.
“It’s very devastating. It is an infant or newborn that its mother will never really know and will never experience a mother’s love, ”said Tsai.
“Myself and my team mourn every day when we get a bad result,” she added.
The CDC says pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to develop COVID-19.
“We see women get COVID during pregnancy and get so sick that we have to give birth prematurely or prematurely to help them breathe better,” Tsai said.
On Papa Ola Lokahi’s Facebook page, local doctors from Hawaii recently held a webinar on health, pregnancy, and vaccination safety.
The recent death was part of the discussion.
“All women who were hospitalized during pregnancy were unvaccinated,” said Dr. Reni Soon, OB / GYN at University Health Partners and a JABSOM special professor.
“I’ve been OBGYN here in Hawaii for 20 years. I’ve seen more pregnant women intubated and ventilated in the past two months than in all of my years. ”
Leading medical organizations agree that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women. “Get vaccinated if you are pregnant,” said Tsai. Get vaccinated when you are around pregnant women. “
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has a question and answer about vaccine and pregnancy on their website. Further information is also available on the CDC website.
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