Midwife busts the myths about pregnant women receiving the Covid-19 vaccine as she reveals the horrific affects not getting the jab can have on unborn babies
- Sydney obstetrician debunked theories about jab’s effect on pregnant women
- Dr Gauthami Bhagwanani said risk from virus far higher than that from vaccine
- Said greatest risk to women and their babies was the ‘Covid-19 infection itself’
- Hit out at claims vaccine had not been tested sufficiently on pregnant women
An obstetrician on the front line of Australia’s battle against coronavirus has debunked theories about the Covid vaccine’s effect on pregnant woman.
Liverpool Hospital’s birthing unit director Dr Gauthami Bhagwanani on Wednesday appeared at NSW’s Covid-19 press conference to warn expectant mothers the virus itself poses a far greater risk to their unborn baby than the Covid-19 jab.
‘The vaccine does not increase the risk of miscarriage or structural abnormalities for your baby,’ the Sydney-based doctor said.
‘It does not affect your fertility. What poses the greatest risk to women and their babies is not the vaccine. It is the Covid-19 infection itself.’
Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker gets her first Pfizer vaccine while pregnant in July. An obstetrician on the front line of Australia’s battle against coronavirus has debunked theories about the Covid vaccine’s effect on pregnant woman
She also hit out at claims the vaccines had not been tested sufficiently on pregnant women before being rolled out to the public.
‘In Australia we have had the added advantage of seeing the effects of the vaccine in pregnant women overseas,’ she said.
‘Over 100,000 women were included in studies from the US and the UK. These have not demonstrated any adverse outcomes for your baby.’
Dr Bhagwanani said by contrast catching Covid-19 doubled the risk of pregnant women needing ICU admission and increased the chance of them needing invasive ventilation that could harm their baby.
She spoke of the heartbreak of seeing mothers who are so sick with the virus they had to deliver their baby pre-term.
Liverpool Hospital’s birthing unit director Dr Gauthami Bhagwanani on Wednesday warned expectant mothers the virus itself poses a far greater risk to their unborn baby than the Covid-19 jab
Australia’s vaccine rollout has seen nearly 70 per cent of the population receive their first dose as the country looks to reopen state and international borders
‘By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding, not only are you protecting yourself but also your baby and the rest of your family,’ she said.
‘The anti-bodies you produce after having the vaccination can offer some protection to your baby as well.’
NSW on Wednesday hit a vaccination milestone, with 80 per cent of adults having received their first dose.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the curfew on the 12 LGAs of concern will be lifted from midnight as the state looks to move towards unlocking its residents
New South Wales saw an increase in cases on Wednesday with 1259 cases new infections of coronavirus and 12 deaths
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government will mandate only vaccinated people will be able to attend the businesses listed in the state’s 70 per cent double dose freedom roadmap, including pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-critical retail.
Unvaccinated residents will be locked out of hospitality and retail venues.
The premier also announced the curfew in the 12 LGAs of concern will end on Thursday morning.
Ms Berejiklian said a decline in cases in the areas of concern led to the decision to lift the lockdown’s most hated rule, but urged Sydneysiders to remain vigilant as the state heads toward ‘Freedom Day’.