134 Pregnant Women in Los Angeles Tested Positive for Coronavirus, But None of Their Babies Did

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 12, 2020   |   9:54AM   |   Washington, DC

Evidence about the coronavirus and its effects on unborn babies remains slim.

But what little there is may give pregnant mothers reasons to hope.

The Los Angeles Times reports none of the babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 had the virus at birth in Los Angeles County.

According to county health officials, 134 pregnant women have tested positive so far; 29 of them gave birth to live babies and one to a stillborn child. Of those babies, 24 were tested for coronavirus at birth, and none tested positive, the report states.

Los Angeles County reported more than 32,000 coronavirus cases in total this week.

“The results indicate that it is unlikely for a pregnant mother to pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy, a belief that has been expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A newborn, however, may be susceptible to person-to-person spread,” the Times concluded.

Health officials are urging pregnant mothers to be cautious because so much remains unknown. The advice recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who also deserve to be protected.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations are expanding efforts to help mothers and babies during this time of crisis.

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Option Line recently reported a huge increase in calls recently on its 24-hour pregnancy help hotline. Run by Heartbeat International, the hotline connects mothers to local support services, including pregnancy resource centers that provide free diapers, pregnancy tests, clothes, counseling and other resources to moms and babies. Heartbeat also has resources available to help the COVID-19 pandemic.

CareNet also has been expanding efforts to help mothers and babies through drive-up diaper distributions, virtual counseling and more.

Embrace Grace, another pro-life outreach, is helping to organize online baby registries, virtual meetings, and other efforts to support pregnant and new moms who choose life. And Abby Johnson recently shared that her new ministry, Love Line, which provides financial and material support to help moms choose life for their babies, recently heard from a Texas mom who decided to keep her baby after Texas stopped elective abortions as part of coronavirus medical restrictions.

All of this should give pregnant mothers hope for themselves and their babies’ future.