Risk Of Stillbirth Has Risen For Women With Covid-19, CDC Study Shows

Risk Of Stillbirth Has Risen For Women With Covid-19, CDC Study Shows

Pregnant women who tested positive for Covid-19 when admitted to a hospital to give birth were at a greater risk for stillbirth compared to those who did not, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Friday, with risks rising more since the delta variant has become the dominant strain.

UNDISCLOSED, GERMANY – AUGUST 12: A 4-day-old newborn baby, who has been placed among empty baby … [+] beds by the photographer, lies in a baby bed in the maternity ward of a hospital (a spokesperson for the hospital asked that the hospital not be named) on August 12, 2011 in a city in the east German state of Brandenburg, Germany. According to data released by Eurostat last week Germany, with 8.3 births per 1,000 people, has the lowest birth rate in all of Europe. Eastern Germany, which not only suffers from a low birth rate, also has a declining population due to young people moving away because of high unemployment in the region. Europe as a whole suffers from a low birth rate and a growing elderly population. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Key Facts

In an analysis of 1.2 million hospital deliveries,  stillbirths occurred among 0.98% of women who tested positive for Covid-19  during the pre-delta period of the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2020-June 2021) compared to 0.64% of women who did not.

During the period studied in which the delta variant was the dominant strain of Covid-19 (July-Sept. 2021), the rate of stillbirths among pregnant women with Covid-19 increased to 2.7%, while the rate of stillbirths among those without Covid-19 essentially remained constant at 0.63%.

The data reinforces earlier reports from the CDC of increased risk of stillbirths for women with Covid-19, along with other adverse outcomes such as preterm birth, admission of the mother and/or neonates to the intensive care unit, and death of the mother.


In September, the Mississippi State Department of Health found that pregnant women with Covid-19 were having stillbirths at nearly twice the normal rate since the beginning of the pandemic.

A Sept. 27 CDC report showed 22,000 hospitalizations of pregnant women due to Covid-19 and 161 deaths.

Key Background

In light of these complications, the CDC strongly recommends pregnant women be vaccinated for Covid-19. Vaccination rates among pregnant women are far below the national average, with the CDC reporting 35.3% of pregnant women as fully vaccinated prior to or during the pregnancy as of Nov. 13. In August, a CDC analysis sampling nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine did not find an increased risk of miscarriage; around 13% of the women miscarried, which falls in line with the normal rate of 11%-16%. Report the details…

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