Researchers Showing Potential Benefits For Pregnant Women Who Take COVID-19 Vaccine

CBS4's Amy Redwood reports on the latest potential benefits on pregnant women taking the coronavirus vaccine.

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LAUREN PASTRANA: In tonight's Health Watch, more research is showing big potential benefits for pregnant women who get the COVID vaccine and their babies. CBS 4's, Amy Redwood, has more.

AMY REDWOOD: OB-GYN doctor, Jessica O'Connell, has been caring for patients during the pandemic while expecting her own new edition.

JESSICA O'CONNELL: Truly, I'd been crossing my fingers and waiting and hoping that the vaccine would be ready sooner rather than later. I was thrilled when it became available.

AMY REDWOOD: She got the COVID vaccine during her pregnancy and two months ago, gave birth to her son, George. The doctor was part of a new study at Northwestern Medicine, looking at 27 pregnant women who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the third trimester.

EMILY MILLER: Women who received the vaccine in pregnancy did exhibit a similar immune response to what we would anticipate in the non-pregnant. There was fairly robust transfer of the antibodies into the umbilical cord blood.

AMY REDWOOD: Lead study author, Dr. Emily Miller, says, women vaccinated sooner in the third trimester were more likely to pass on protective antibodies.

EMILY MILLER: For those folks that are on the fence, that are in their early third trimester, that are not sure should they just wait until after delivery, these data suggest that not only is there the incredibly important maternal benefit of vaccination, but there also is probably an additive benefit to the baby of going ahead and getting it earlier.

JESSICA O'CONNELL: As a mom, that feels amazing, knowing that George has a little bit extra protection. He has two older brothers who do go to school. So, between my career and our personal lives, you know, there's only so many lifestyle things we could do to protect him.

AMY REDWOOD: Research shows, breastfeeding moms can also transfer antibodies to their babies. Dr. O'Connell says, she plans to breastfeed as long as she can. Amy Redwood, CBS News, New York.