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Maternity and COVID-19 - virtual event set to answer questions

A virtual event is being held later this week which will enable people to hear from local health experts and ask them questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and any concerns that they may have relating to the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

With pregnant women now set to be offered a COVID-19 vaccination when other people their age get one, this is an ideal opportunity to access trusted and accurate information.

The event, being hosted the Maternity Voices Partnership in partnership with the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS), is being held on Friday April 23 at 12 noon.

Anyone who is planning conception, is pregnant or is a new mother is encouraged to join this free virtual event.
Panel members will include experienced midwife Teri Gavin Jones, ICS director of nursing Lisa Nobes, Danny Showell from Public Health England and well-known local GP, Dr Juno Jesuthasan.

Mel Lewis from the Maternity Voices Partnership, said: “I am looking forward to hosting the event with clinical partners at the ICS. 

“This is an event that will be much appreciated by our members who have several questions about the vaccine and any possible effect it may have on maternity, breastfeeding, pregnancy and fertility.”

Lisa Nobes, ICS director of nursing, said: “Although pregnant women are at no greater risk of being infected by the virus they are more likely to experience complications from COVID 19. Data shows that one in five pregnant women who become infected need to have their baby delivered early.

“Vaccination offers the best protection, but it is wholly understandable that pregnant women may have concerns for their unborn baby. Those who are planning pregnancy may have questions about whether the vaccine will affect their ability to conceive and new mothers may wish to discuss the effects of vaccination on breastfeeding.

“The panel experts have decades of maternity experience and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns.” 

Join the event HERE

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