Hawaii’s second maternal death from COVID-19 confirmed this month
Hawaii’s second maternal death from COVID-19 has been confirmed, according to a state committee reviewing her.
Dr. Stacy Tsai, chair of the Hawaii State Maternal Mortality Review Committee, confirmed that a second pregnant woman has died of the coronavirus after giving birth in the state.
The second maternal death also occurred that month, not long after the first maternal death was reported in the state, Tsai said. Both women suffered from serious illness from the coronavirus. Fortunately, their two babies survived.
Due to the highly contagious Delta variant, Tsai sees more expectant mothers with COVID-19 in the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant and recently pregnant women are at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19 than women who don’t. Pregnant women with COVID are also at higher risk of premature birth.
However, according to CDC data, only about 25% of pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 49 nationwide are vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 11.
“Pregnant women are admitted to intensive care more often, need ventilation more often, and die more often encouraging their own patients to receive the COVID vaccines.
When pregnant women become infected with COVID, the effects can affect the baby, she said.
“If the mother doesn’t get enough oxygen, the baby can’t get enough oxygen,” she said. “We also had premature births.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends that all women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant get vaccinated against COVID-19.
You can find more information about COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy here at CDC shortcut.