Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 3, 2021. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

Boppy Recall

Some Boppy newborn loungers have been recalled after 8 babies suffocated to death after falling asleep on them. Read more here.

This is important for you because don’t get one of these pillows. Always put your baby to sleep on her back. If you already have one of these products, don’t use it and contact The Boppy Company for a credit or refund.

But how can we know COVID vaccines don’t cause infertility?

All of the components of the vaccines have been studied for decades, and none of them can affect fertility. Animal trials of the specific vaccines have confirmed that they don’t. No drugs are studied for years before they are released; the COVID vaccines went through the same safety testing as earlier drugs. Read this very important piece here.

This is important for you because vague threats to fertility are used by anti-vaxxers because they are scary. COVID vaccines do not affect fertility. Please get one if you haven’t already.

Moms can’t go back to work without childcare

A lot of child-care centers have closed during the pandemic and have not yet reopened; many mothers are thus still unable to go to work. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you get stuck at home because you can’t find help caring for your child–unfortunately, you are far from alone.

The child tax credit

The child tax credit was just raised this year, and there is no requirement that parents be working in order to get the credit. Some politicians, like Joe Manchin, a senator from West Virginia, want to change that. But many economists insist that giving non-earning parents the credit will pull children out of poverty without disincentivizing parents to work. Read more here.

This is important for you because make sure you get whatever tax credit is due you.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Vaccination During Pregnancy Passes Antibodies to the Baby. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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