Pregnancy & Coronavirus
Mercy’s Dr. Robert Atlas, OB-GYN, Discusses Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This is an especially scary time for pregnant women. They are just as vulnerable, if not more than we all are, to the dangers of coronavirus.
“Pregnant women should be concerned about coronavirus just like anybody else,” said Robert O. Atlas, M.D., FACOG, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Atlas sees patients through The Family Childbirth & Children’s Center at Mercy.
According to Dr. Atlas, there's a much higher risk for poor outcomes if pregnant women get coronavirus.
“Some of the risks are not only to their health respiratory-wise, but there are a few case study reports of infants being exposed, they could have severe coronavirus disease and a few have died,” Dr. Atlas said, though noted those are rare cases.
Pregnant women are also concerned about how often they have to visit their doctor or even get ultrasounds. Consult your doctor on that; in many cases, telemedicine is the way to go.
“We're trying to move to telemedicine-type visits. We are working with organizations to get blood pressure cuffs out and diabetics can be seen with telemedicine,” Dr. Atlas said.
To view Mercy OB-GYN Dr. Robert Atlas’ interview with WBAL-TV11’s Lisa Robinson regarding pregnancy and coronavirus, click here.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.