It follows four reports of stillbirths possibly linked with a rare condition called COVID Placentitis.

It follows four reports of stillbirths possibly linked with a rare condition called COVID Placentitis.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said these are preliminary reports and more work needs to be done to confirm the cases.
He reassured pregnant women that the advice remains the same in relation to the virus.
“What I would say to people is yes, of course it is a concern, but we know from international data that this is a very rare condition,” he said.
“We have not seen a high incidence of it internationally, and we would not expect to see a high incidence rate of it in this country.
“It’s important to reiterate that these findings are preliminary, but we felt that there was a duty on us nonetheless to report those findings, and as soon as we have further information we will report it.
“The Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is aware and has issued notice to the system, the HSE’s Programme for Women and Infants has also issued a notice to the system.
“What I would say to women is that this doesn’t change what you have to do if you are pregnant and listening to this.
“Ultimately Covid poses a potential risk to all of us, and so it’s not that individual women need to do anything different over and above what they have been doing.
“We know from the number of cases we we’ve had in this country, that by and large pregnant women have stuck to the public health guidance and protected themselves, and thereby protected their babies over the past year.
“Our outcomes in terms of obstetric outcomes over the past year compare favourably internationally.
“It doesn’t mean women have to do anything other than what they have been doing.  If anyone has any specific concerns they should talk to their own GP or obstetrician.”
Statement from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://t.co/a1TEDgJpSV@SamanthaLibreri@FergalBowers@ZaraKing@eilishor@LauraHoganTV@paulcullenit@HSEImm@RCPI_ObsGyn
— Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (@RCPI_news) March 4, 2021
Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: “A small number of stillbirths potentially associated with a condition called COVID Placentitis in mothers who recently had COVID-19 are being scientifically investigated.
“It is important that pregnant women who have Covid positive results attend for appointments with their healthcare providers in the weeks after infection. The vast majority of pregnant women who had Covid have had mild symptoms and have not had adverse outcomes. Large scale surveillance data in UK have not shown higher incidence of stillbirth.
“Pregnant women within the priority groups can get vaccinated. Data from the US regarding COVID vaccines in pregnancy is reassuring.
We are beginning to see the impact of COVID vaccines which, together with the restrictions, are reducing the incidence of COVID-19 infections in the community which will be protective for pregnant women.”
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