Cases among pregnant women in Los Angeles County have declined significantly and remain low, according to new figures from the Department of Health.
During the December surge in COVID-19 cases, weekly cases rose to more than 600. In contrast, during the week ending June 6, only cases were reported among pregnant women.
As of June 15, there have been a total of 12 deaths among 9,430 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19. Seventy-eight percent of pregnant women who test positive for COVID-19 are Latina / Latinx, 10% are white, 5% are African-American / Black, and 4% are Asian, the weekly statement said.
Among the 8,878 births for which there was information about the tests, 55 babies tested positive for the virus.
Pregnant women and women who breastfeed can choose to get vaccinated with any of the three COVID-19 vaccines. If you are a pregnant or new mother and have questions about getting vaccinated, speak with your healthcare provider. While a discussion with your healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not necessary prior to vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recent reports have shown that women who breastfeed and received COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have antibodies in breast milk, which could help protect your babies. More research is needed to determine what protection these antibodies can provide to the baby.
This article was first published in Los Angeles Times in Spanish.