Prayer #413: For the Recent Study of Effects of the COVID Vaccine on Pregnant Women
One of the first scientific studies of the possible effects of the COVID vaccines on pregnant women has just been completed. The investigation was conducted by Northwestern Medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and was published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study focused on the health of the placenta following COVID vaccination. "The placenta is like the black box in an airplane," said Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, assistant professor of pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a press release. "If something goes wrong with a pregnancy, we usually see changes in the placenta that can help us figure out what happened. From what we can tell, the COVID vaccine does not damage the placenta." In the study, the research team compared 84 placentas from vaccinated patients with 116 placentas from unvaccinated patients. All patients delivered babies at Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago. Most of the vaccinated patients received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines during their third trimester. The investigators looked for abnormal blood flow between the mother and fetus and issues with fetal blood flow since both issues have been observed in pregnant patients who tested positive for COVID-19. The rate of the occurrence of these was the same in vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. "We have reached a stage in vaccine distribution where we are seeing vaccine hesitancy," said Dr. Emily Miller, Northwestern Medicine maternal-fetal medicine physician and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Feinberg, "and this hesitancy is pronounced for pregnant people. Our team hopes these data, albeit preliminary, can reduce concerns about the risk for the vaccine to the pregnancy." "The Internet has amplified a concern that the vaccine might trigger an immunological response that causes the mother to reject the fetus," Goldstein said in his news release. "But these findings lead us to believe that doesn't happen."
Pray for those who are now conducting scientific investigations concerning any possible effects of the COVID vaccines on pregnancies. This has and continues to be of some concern for some expectant mothers. Pray that God would guide these research teams and that He would give them care and discernment as they conduct their research studies.
Ps. 73:28: "But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works."