Many of our patients have been asking about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID19 vaccine in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risks of COVID-19 infection and COVID-related complications for both you and your baby. Now that the vaccine has been out since December 2020, we have a lot more information about the vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women. We encourage all of our pregnant and breastfeeding patients to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations including the newly released omicron booster.
Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding people be vaccinated against COVID19.
Although pregnant or lactating women were not included in the COVID19 vaccine clinical trials, hundreds of thousands of pregnant people have been vaccinated and no unexpected pregnancy or fetal problems have occurred. There have been no reports of any increased risk of pregnancy loss, growth problems, or birth defects.
We know that about 1 to 3 in 1,000 pregnant women with COVID19 will develop severe illness. Compared to those who aren’t pregnant, pregnant women infected by COVID19 with symptoms are 3 times more likely to need ICU care, 2 to 3 times more likely to need advanced life support, and have a 70% increased risk of death. According to a September 29, 2021 urgent health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID19 in pregnant people including more than 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths. To reduce these risk, the COVID19 vaccine is recommended. See the full CDC health advisory here.
The best way to prevent complications from COVID-19 is vaccination and continue to be up to date on your vaccination series. We strongly recommend that our pregnant and breastfeeding patients get the COVID19 vaccination. Pregnancy is not an indication for a COVID19 vaccine waiver.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please talk to your provider at your next visit.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Barber and Dr. Adili Shay will be joining Bedford Commons OBGYN! Both physicians will be seeing patients in our Bedford location starting in late September. To make an appointment, click here to schedule an appointment online or call 603-668-4646 to speak with one of our scheduling specialists.
We have two new temporary locations, both on the Elliot Hospital campus!
Bedford Commons – Elliot – located at 4 Elliot Way, Bedford Commons Elliot is located in the Medical Office Building on the Elliot campus. Enter the Elliot campus at the main entrance and continue on Elliot Way to the free parking garage. Access to the Medical Office Building is on Level 2. Bedford Commons Elliot is on the first floor of the building in Suite 101.
Bedford Commons – Cypress – Located off Auburn Street, Bedford Commons Cypress in the 445 Cypress Street building, is the second gray building on the right if you are traveling West on Auburn Street. It is next to Briarwood Family practice and across from Dartmouth Hitchcock ENT. Parking is limited so please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to find parking. There is parking near our main entrance and in the back of the building. Additional parking is available on the side street.
Due to a fire at the end of July, our Derry location at 6 Tsienneto Road will be closed temporarily until at least February 2023 as the building is being repaired. If you had an appointment in our Derry office, one of our team members will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment in one of our other locations including:
Bedford – 201 Riverway Place, Bedford, NH
Windham – 49 Range Road, Windham, NH
Elliot – 4 Elliot Way, Suite 101, Manchester, NH
Cypress – 445 Cypress Street, Manchester, NH
We are excited to announce that Dr. Ryan Lena and Corinne Forgue, APRN have joined Bedford Commons OBGYN. They are now open to schedule with. Schedule now!
We understand that recent events regarding access to women’s healthcare may be causing concern.
We want to reassure you that we at Bedford Commons highly value and will continue to support patient autonomy, reproductive health, and the patient-clinician relationship.
We also want you to be reassured that at this time there are no changes or new limitations to access to reproductive health care in the state of New Hampshire.
We are pleased to share that due to low community transmission rates in our area, we are no longer restricting visitors to our office. Like always, children accompanying you to your visits need to be supervised at all times. In addition, for ultrasound visits, we have space only to accommodate one adult visitor in addition to the patient. We look forward to seeing you!
We continue to follow CDC and NH state guidance regarding COVID-19 precautions. Bedford Commons OBGYN continues to require masks for all patients and team members. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office.