First reports of newborn babies having COVID antibodies after pregnant mothers get vaccinated
Two babies have recently been found to have COVID-19 antibodies after their mothers got vaccinated while pregnant.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –Some promising news when it comes to vaccines and newborns. Two babies have recently been found to have COVID-19 antibodies after their mothers got vaccinated while pregnant.
“I read that story and immediately sent it to my husband and said ‘Oh, I hope, I hope Ella has the antibodies to this virus. It made me very excited and very grateful that I was able to get it,” Megan Willhelm, a House Supervisor for CHI Health, said.
It’s giving doctors early optimism for what’s to come.
“The reason we’re, we’re pleased in these two reports. It tells us that they’re the babies being protected from mom to baby before the baby is born,” Dr. Robin Farias-Eisner, and OB/GYN at CHI Health, said.
The first report shows immunity after a mother received just one dose of the vaccine while pregnant, while the second mother received both doses.
Although data is still very limited and doctors want to wait to see more results, early indications are promising. Additionally, Dr. Farias–Eisner said there is also some research that shows immunity could be transferred through breast milk as well.
“It’s important because it delivers the immune protection for the baby that moms have for a whole series of infectious diseases,” Dr. Farias-Eisner.
He said these two studies are encouraging and do follow what doctors predicted but to be 100% confident, more research needs to be done.
For mothers who got their vaccine while pregnant, the news is something they are happy to hear, adding one more benefit to getting the vaccine.
“I did it not only for myself, but my unborn child and my two other children that I have at home being able to protect them,” Willhelm said.