The Bradley Method® offers evidence-based, experience-based birth education, and has been the leader in teaching the principles of safe, natural childbirth to expectant parents since 1970.
Explore my site to learn more about my Bradley Method classes in Tucson, Arizona. As a certified, Affiliated Instructor, I have been helping parents have safe, beautiful, natural births for over 30 years. I would be excited to be a part of your journey!
What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19? Is it easier for pregnant women to become ill with the disease?
We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.
How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19?
Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:
Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
Avoid people who are sick
Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Most recently available statistics for births in the United States, 2018:
Percent born low birthweight: 8.3%
Percent born preterm: 10.02%
Cesarean section rate: 31.9%
Low birth weight rates have remained steady, preterm births have increased since 2017, but decreased since the high of 12.8% in 2006. Primary cesarean section rates have dropped by .1% while VBACs have increased by .5%. While that is good news, it means nearly one third of women are having cesarean sections, many of which are medically unnecessary.