Ebola and Pregnancy:
We have been researching the topic: "Ebola's effect on the pregnant female in West Africa. Initially, we had located sparse literature related to the subject. That being said, recently we have begun to read and hear the real-life saga of being pregnant and having Ebola.
According to multiple sources, including the CDC and WHO, it is rare for both the mother and fetus to survivor when infected with Ebola. Dr. Jamieson, an Ob-Gyn with the CDC, stated through the Washington Post: “There have been no neonatal survivors.” Although the way, in which Ebola causes death to the unborn is unclear, many believe that the mother's weaken the immune system may be a factor.
As many of our Facebook readers recall, either by experience or education, when the baby is delivered there is a sudden surge of fluid. In laboring patients, the fluid contains the highly contagious Ebola virus. This truism has caused much trepidation throughout West Africa's maternity wards. In photos, by passblue, a Sierra Leone pregnant woman moves herself to a stretcher without assistance by the onlookers.
Recently Doctors without Borders (MSF) opened one of the first clinics to care to the parturient with Ebola. Located in Sierra Leone, this clinic will be staffed with healthcare professionals that can help these women.