Expectant mothers, their partners and people planning a pregnancy are invited to attend a free expert-led webinar hosted by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group. The public will hear from NHS specialists who will answer questions and concerns about the different COVID-19 vaccines with regards to fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The event is open to all residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have concerns about fertility, and their partners and will give everyone the opportunity to have their questions answered and hear directly from midwives.
The event takes place on Thursday 9 September at 7.30pm.
Jayne Pigott, BLMK Public Health Midwife: “Our webinar which will be open to anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding and their partners will enable them to ask any questions they have about the vaccine. During the one-hour session, they will hear the latest information about COVID-19 during pregnancy.
“Pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 are more likely to need intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant and are also two to three times more likely to have their babies early than women without COVID-19.
“I’d encourage anyone who is pregnant and/or breastfeeding to come along to the dedicated online session and ask the experts any questions they have.”
Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and Chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG said: “As a local GP, I know that new mums and mums to be can have lots of questions about the vaccine.
“Our online webinar will enable mums and their partners to ask the panel, which includes registered midwives, any questions they have.
“COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19 disease which can be serious in later pregnancy for some women, so we want to make it as easy as possible for women to access accurate information.
“The vaccination teams at BLMK have also worked hard to make access as easy as possible for pregnant mums, visit www.blmkccgnhs.uk/drop-in to find out about details of walk-in sessions in your area. These need no appointment to attend.”
To take part in this event, visit bit.ly/BLMK_webinar to join the webinar on 9 September at 7.30pm.
We have set up a SurveyMonkey for questions to be submitted in advance of the webinar, or questions can be asked on the night. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DJ8KR2Z
To find out further information on vaccinations during pregnancy visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus/
This session will be recorded and shared widely following the event. The session will also be made available on the CCG YouTube Channel.