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Many OBGYNs across Missouri are worried as they are seeing more serious pregnancy complications in women who have or had COVID-19. Things like a rise in miscarriages, emergency pre-term deliveries, and even stillbirth.

KBIA talked to Dr. Rebecca Hamel, OBGYN at Saint Luke's North Hospital, about the risks expecting mothers face with COVID-19 and why all women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant should get the vaccine as soon as possible. 

“In my opinion, one extra maternal death, one extra stillbirth is too much. That's unacceptable,” Hamel said. “And so, it comes back to safety profile – the vaccine carries minimal risk to it, but [COVID-19] infection and pregnancy carries substantial risks to it. What’s safer? Vaccination – hands down.”

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