The baby has now become a miracle child, all thanks to her vaccinated mother!
Here’s what happened!
Dr Prerna Shrestha, who is currently practising at Stony Brook Department of Neurobiology & Behavior in New York took to social media to share the happy news of giving birth to a baby with antibodies, which was a pleasant discovery for herself.
The post read:
In other news, found out yesterday that my newborn has antibodies for the COVID spike protein because I got vaccina… https://t.co/vyCToujAmi
— Dr. Prerana Shrestha (@prerana123) 1619138730000
“In other news, I found out yesterday that my newborn has antibodies for the COVID spike protein because I got vaccinated during my pregnancy. Science ROCKS!
Currently, COVID vaccines aren’t fully available for pregnant women and clinical trials for the same are going on. However, pregnant, lactating women involved in frontline duties are encouraged to take the vaccine considering the high risks they face. Only in a few select places across the world are pregnant women considered eligible for vaccination.
Dr Shrestha, in follow-up tweets also detailed that she had received double-dose jabs of the Pfizer-mRNA vaccine back in the month of February when she was in her last trimester.
While the news of the baby being born with defensive antibodies surprised the internet in these gloomy times, many thanked the new mother for raising awareness about the benefits of vaccination, while many hailed the miracles of science.
What risks do babies face from COVID-19?
There has been an unprecedented rise in cases detected amongst younger children right now, in comparison to the first wave of the virus which peaked last year. Newborns to fifteen weeks old babies, to infants, many children are getting infected with COVID-19 right now and even landing in hospitals.
The doctor also added that a number of studies are underway to understand the benefits of getting COVID-19 vaccinated during pregnancy and urged others to follow suit too. There have also been other case studies that revealed that babies born to vaccinated pregnant women may gain some antibodies.
The development has also given moms worldwide a sort of a ‘superpower’ to protect the babies, as long as they are breastfeeding them.
It has also been seen that babies, for whom a COVID-19 vaccine hasn’t been approved for use either can get antibodies via breast milk if the mother is vaccinated. The move has also made many women express breastmilk, which could be used to protect other children as well and prevent the risk of infection. Another Israeli study found that breast milk has the capacity to prevent viral dissemination and block the ability of the virus to infect host cells that will result in illness
While there’s a need for more concrete evidence right now, mothers and expecting women may no longer face the dilemma of holding off vaccination or feeding.
Doctors have also observed that just like for adults, infection and severity risk minimizes for babies and infants if maternal vaccination is considered.
The positive news will also offer some respite for women who have been contemplating delaying conception and pregnancy because of the previously known and assumed risks of vaccination.