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Event to offer advice on COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

A virtual ‘Ask An Expert’ event is being held later this month so that people can hear from local health professionals and ask them questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and any concerns they may have relating to the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This is the second maternity virtual event hosted by the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) and comes after most recent national data shows that 98% of pregnant women who were hospitalised with the virus had not been vaccinated.

The event will take place on Wednesday September 15 from 5 – 6 p.m.

Anyone who is planning conception, is pregnant or is a new mother is encouraged to join this free virtual event.

The event will be hosted by Mel Lewis from Maternity Voices Partnership and panel members will include experienced midwife Teri Gavin Jones, ICS director of nursing Lisa Nobes, Danny Showell from Public Health England, Dr Badrinath from Public Health Suffolk and Dr Rachael Morant, a GP at Mill Road Practice in Colchester.

Teri Gavin-Jones, maternity lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: “The previous event provided a great deal of reassurance and support to those considering pregnancy, were pregnant or a new mother. We want to further strengthen the message that vaccination offers the very best protection for mother and baby.

“It’s wholly understandable to have questions and concerns, and the panel consists of maternity experts who will be able to answer those questions and offer truthful and trusted advice.

“As the vaccination programme continues we are seeing more and more evidence to support vaccination, with both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives recommending that pregnant women take the vaccine, the Medical Healthcare Regulatory Agency said there is no evidence to show that COVID-19 vaccines raise the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

“There is a worrying increase in the number of unvaccinated pregnant women being admitted to hospital, and having the vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of potential childbirth complications. This virtual event is a really good opportunity to get your questions answered.”

You can join the event here.

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The event will take place on Wednesday September 15 from 5 – 6 p.m.

The event will take place on Wednesday September 15 from 5 – 6 p.m.