Research links COVID-19 in pregnancy with stillbirths

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A pregnant and intubated COVID-19 patient sits in the surgical intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Aug. 31. Pregnant women with COVID-19 face increased chances for stillbirths and that risk spikes to four times higher with the delta variant compared with uninfected women, new CDC data show. AP photo/Kyle Green, file photo
Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press Pregnant women with COVID-19 face increased chances for stillbirths compared with uninfected women, and that risk spiked to four times higher after the delta variant emerged, new government data show. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday, Nov. 19, that examined 1.2 million deliveries in 736 hospitals nationwide from March 2020 through September 2021. Stillbirths were rare overall, totaling 8,154 among all deliveries. But the researchers found that for women with COVID-19, about 1 in 80 deliveries resulted in stillbirth. Among the uninfected, it was 1 in 155. Among those with COVID-19, stillbirths were more common in people with chronic high blood pressure and other complications, including those i
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