Largest study in COVID19 Vaccines in Pregnancy Released – Unexpected Findings!
Newly published today in Nature’s NPJ:Vaccines journal is the largest study performed thus far on the effects of COVID19 in pregnancy. The study included data from 141,107 pregnant women, with approximately a third receiving COVID19 vaccination in pregnancy. Using the latest data the study did find that the vaccines were effective against COVID19 infection, with no serious short term complications. The study did include long term followup, so the possibility of a connection between longer term diseases, such as childhood cancers or autism, still cannot be completely excluded. There was also a correlation seen between pregnant women receiving vaccination and higher rates of cesarean section. The study was led by Dr. Greg Marchand of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
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Possible pitch lines:
“Increased cesarean section rate, but no immediate safety concerns found in the largest study to date on COVID19 vaccination during pregnancy. Long term effects on babies still not known.”
“New Research in Major Journal shows COVID19 vaccines effective, but with an increased risk of cesarean section.”
“Top Obstetrician’s Newly released study shows no major safety concerns so far with COVID19 vaccination during pregnancy.”
“Largest Study on mRNA Vaccines in Pregnancy shows no immediate safety concerns, but no long term data yet to completely rule out a connection to autism or childhood cancer.
Article Name: “Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes of COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy, a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
Web Address: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41541-023-00698-8
Type of Article: Meta-analysis (This is a type of research paper that combines already published studies to achieve the highest levels of evidence. Advanced statistical techniques are used to appropriately combine the data from many studies and careful attention is paid to be sure the included studies were performed correctly before utilizing their data. These studies are generally undertaken with the help of an epidemiologist, or expert in statistics.)
Date of Final Acceptance: 06/27/2023
Date Appearing Online: 07/15/2023
Quotes from Dr. Greg J. Marchand:
“I’m thrilled that after a thorough review of the use of mRNA vaccines in pregnancy, there are no immediate safety concerns for moms or babies other than an increased rate of cesarean section. This data must be interpreted carefully as it only deals with immediate complications and outcomes, and we will still need longer term data to rule out correlations that cannot be detected early, such as childhood cancers or autism.”
“It is very encouraging that through the data so far we have not yet found a correlation between mRNA vaccination during pregnancy and any serious side effects, at least in the short term.”
Recent Television Appearances by Dr. Greg J. Marchand:
Fox and Friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBk3UM5jz8Q
Today Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OVEVJQF4Vk
Inside Edition: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1223329764502781
About The Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery:
The Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery is a research and educational not-for-profit corporation and functional “Think-Tank” for the advancement of women’s health and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The institute is located in Mesa, Arizona. The institute adheres to the highest levels of quality for their research and maintains an extremely diverse environment in the workplace. “Our efforts are split between the publication of high-quality medical research in women’s health and expert level surgical education.”
Institute Website: www.MarchandInstitute.org
About Dr. Greg Marchand MD (Obstetrics – Lead Author):
Greg Marchand is the director of the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, as well as the fellowship program director for the Institute’s SLS (Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons) Accredited fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Marchand is an associate professor of medicine at several local medical schools in Arizona, and enjoys teaching students, fellows and residents. Dr. Marchand holds dual certifications from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both OBGYN and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Marchand is also accredited as a “Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery” by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Marchand is extensively published and has completed a two year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). Dr. Marchand is recognized internationally as a pioneer in developing laparoscopic techniques, as well as an expert minimally invasive surgeon and teaching surgeon. Dr. Marchand was recently honored with a World Record for performing a total laparoscopic hysterectomy through the smallest incision ever. Dr. Marchand was also one half of the team that was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records(TM) for removing the largest uterus ever without needing to cut open the patient. When he is not in the operating room Dr. Marchand enjoys low carb living and chasing around his 10 year old football star son, Sebastian. Dr. Marchand’s Website: www.GregMarchandMD.com
About Dr. Katelyn Sainz MD (Pediatrics – Supporting Author):
Dr. Sainz is the chief resident in General Pediatrics at Tucson Hospital’s Medical Education Program, and is passionate about research that affects children of all ages. Her research interests include neonatology, and the complex management of extremely preterm infants. Outside of work Dr. Sainz love coffee, traveling, and is a Pilates fanatic.
About Anna Proctor (Supporting Author):
Ms. Proctor is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa School of Public Health where she is pursuing a Phd in Occupational and Environmental Health. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2024. Per Dr. Marchand: “We are extremely grateful to Ms. Proctor and the University of Iowa for their help in this paper. Ms. Proctor’s work as a contributing author was invaluable to the completion of this paper, and her expert insight in matters of public health greatly benefitted our final draft.”
About Nature’s NPJ:Vaccines Journal (from Nature.com):
NPJ journals, which are part of the prestigious Nature Portfolio, collaborate with preeminent scientists and global partners to publish high-quality open access research. Since then, the series of journals has expanded to span the full gamut of research, from the physical and applied sciences, to the life and health sciences, and society & the environment. As we continue the NPJ journey, new additions to the series will be developed in close partnership with their respective research communities while promoting practices that support diversity and inclusion according to Nature Portfolio’s Diversity Commitment.
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