Maternal Deaths - COVID Shots - ACOG & CDC Recommendations
Mortality rates in pregnant women started increasing right when ACOG and CDC issued their vaccine recommendations for pregnant women.
In this article I briefly summarize the impact vaccinations had on deaths during pregnancy (maternal mortality) and the link between maternal mortality and vaccine recommendations for pregnant women issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists).
I also propose a mechanism by which vaccines may have increased maternal mortality.
All Weekly Maternal Deaths
The first chart we are looking at displays all deaths of pregnant women occurring between 2020 and 2022, color-coded into
maternal COVID deaths
all other maternal deaths
Every COVID death fulfills the following criteria:
The UCOD (Underlying Cause Of Death) is either O98.5 (Other viral diseases complicating pregnancy) or U07.1 (COVID-19)
U07.1 (COVID-19) is present anywhere on the death certificate
From this we can gather:
With 20-30 maternal deaths per week, it is generally uncommon for pregnant women to die. (In 2019 only 1 in 5000 American women died during pregnancy)
Very few pregnant women died of COVID in 2020
The large number of excess deaths occurring in pregnant women during 2021 was almost exclusively attributed to COVID
Since this chart does not contain information on COVID mortality in the general population, I prepared another chart which expresses maternal COVID deaths relative to all COVID deaths, side by side with vaccination progress among females of reproductive age.
Deaths in Pregnancy And Vaccinations
Out of all decedents with a diagnosis of U07.1 (COVID-19) on the death certificate, less than 1 in 10,000 were pregnant throughout 2020. COVID mortality was a non-issue for pregnant women back then.
This changed in 2021. Around the peak of the “Delta wave” in Q3/2021, more than 1 in every 800 decedents with a diagnosis of COVID-19 was pregnant.
While 337 deaths may not seem like a whole lot, keep in mind it is not very common for pregnant women to die, as we have already seen in the first chart. This becomes even clearer when we express these COVID deaths in pregnant women as a proportion of all deaths in pregnant women.
Around the peak in Q3/2021 almost half of all deaths in pregnant women were attributed to COVID-19.
In the absence of a known pathomechanism that could explain how COVID suddenly became more dangerous to pregnant women, failing to at least consider so-called “COVID vaccines” as the reason for the sudden rise in COVID deaths in pregnant women would be nothing short of insane.
Since vaccination data for pregnant women is unavailable, we are going to take a look at how and when CDC and ACOG recommendations changed in the course of 2021.
CDC and ACOG recommendations
CDC’s mid-2020 assessment
Based on data collected between January 22 and June 7, 2020, the CDC found no increased risk for pregnant women to die of COVID, even though they allege pregnant women had a higher chance for a severe course and ending up on the ICU.
Sixteen (0.2%) COVID-19–related deaths were reported among pregnant women aged 15–44 years, and 208 (0.2%) such deaths were reported among nonpregnant women (aRR = 0.9, 95% CI = 0.5–1.5).
This lines up with the mortality data we looked at. Only 20 pregnant women died of COVID throughout all of 2020.
Now let’s look at ACOG’s and CDC’s stance on vaccinating pregnant women throughout 2021.
Early Public Messaging (CDC)
In early January, right when pregnant women started dying of COVID on a weekly basis, the CDC stated that “people who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine […] may choose to be vaccinated”.
Early Public Messaging (ACOG)
In the first half of 2021, ACOG recommended that “pregnant patients who decline vaccination should be supported in their decision”.
A Change of Hearts
On June 29th, 2021 the CDC changed their messaging, now telling pregnant women that vaccines protect them from severe illness. One month later, on August 1st, they turned this into a vaccine recommendation for all pregnant women, breastfeeding women and those who might become pregnant in the future.
ACOG almost simultaneously (2 days earlier on July 30th) started recommending the vaccines to breastfeeding and pregnant women.
The peak of COVID deaths in pregnant women occurred right after the CDC and ACOG started recommending vaccines to this subpopulation.
Based solely on visual comparison, it is tempting to assume these vaccines caused death with a delay, with the large vaccination spike (blue) being responsible for the large death spike (red).
This however is NOT what happened. Instead, it is a short-term effect.
The smaller vaccination wave - marked with a black arrow, coinciding with the wave of deaths in pregnant women - is what caused these deaths.
We can see this when comparing the number of administered first doses per woman aged 18-49 to COVID deaths in women aged 18-49 across all 50 states around this time (August 2021).
The more vaccine doses were administered to women aged 18-49 in August of 2021, the more women aged 18-49 died with COVID as the underlying cause of death on the death certificate.
The correlation is strongest when first doses are preceding COVID deaths by 8 days, suggesting a short-term causal effect from first dose reception towards “COVID death”.
Similarly, fetal deaths per live birth are also correlated with first doses administered to 18-49 year old women.
This is a snapshot of fetal deaths per live births on August 31st, generated from monthly data (roughly the mean of August and September), right around the time deaths in pregnant women peaked.
Again, the more first doses were administered to women of reproductive age, the more fetal deaths per live birth occurred in August 2021.
First-dosing individuals with no previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2 must’ve created the perfect storm in those unfortunate enough to catch an infection around the time of vaccination.
If the time of the first modRNA dose coincides with exposure to the virus, the body has not yet produced any antibodies, so the innate immune system is confronted with a very large amount of spike protein, more than would be produced upon transfection (vaccination) or infection (virus) alone
In many cases innate immunity will not be able to compensate for the flood of antigen it encounters, which in turn can be expected to result in higher viral loads
If eventually antibodies are being produced that lack the capacity to neutralize the virus, antibody-dependent enhancement could add to the problem. This has at least been demonstrated in silico and in vitro for Delta variants
This is why individuals are not considered “partially vaccinated” before 14 infection-free days have passed. Pfizer and Moderna knew this from the start. The knowledge over the dangers of early infections are hard-wired into their clinical trial design.
In their study on VE (Vaccine Efficacy) and VMED (Vaccine-Mediated Enhanced Disease) the CDC categorize individuals who catch an infection within 14 days of their first dose as unvaccinated, along with individuals who have never received a dose.
And if you think about it… It’s a nobrainer!
What else did we think was gonna happen, when the body is flooded with spike protein from two sources at the same time?
Who in their right mind, would not assume that this worsens the prognosis relative to unvaccinated individuals?
At least the manufacturers knew exactly what they were doing.
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