Catherine Y. Spong, MD, is Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary OB/GYN; Professor and Vice-Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gillette Professorship of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Contemporary OB/GYN’s Editor in Chief, Catherine Y. Spong, MD, recently joined Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH for a Q&A session to discuss COVID vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Watch this JAMALive Q&A on JAMA’s YouTube channel.
“Even though they were not included in the studies, both the FDA and the CDC’s advisory committees left open the door to allow pregnant and lactating women access to the vaccine,” Spong said. “The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have been advocating that pregnant women should have access to the vaccine. It’s important to consider what is the risk to the woman of COVID-19. In an area where there is active transmission, and she is in a high-risk group, she should certainly have access to the vaccine.”
Watch the April print issue of Contemporary OBGYN for a peer-reviewed article by Emily Adhikari, MD, based on findings from “Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women With and Without Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection,” on which Spong was a co-author.