On Oct. 29, 2022, Whitney Reising Oliver died. She was 22 weeks pregnant with her first child, a little boy she and her husband had named Felix. Their unborn son also died.
America’s Subpar Maternity CareAmerica has a state-of-the-art medical system and some of the best research universities in the world.
Scientists come to the United States from abroad to conduct meticulous medical research and contribute to advancing the art and science of medicine.
Despite all of this, America’s health care system—especially maternity care—is riddled with problems.
And our abnormally high maternal mortality rates don’t include what experts call “near misses”—pregnancy complications so severe they cause a mom to come close to death.
Skyrocketing Maternal Death Rate in 2021According to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2021, maternal deaths soared to their highest rates in almost 60 years. There was a 40 percent increase in the number of birthing moms who died during pregnancy or within 42 days of giving birth.
That translates into 1,205 pregnant women and postpartum moms who died in 2021 (over three women a day), compared to 861 women in 2020 and 754 in 2019.
Why Are Birthing Women Dying?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the main causes of pregnancy-related deaths are cardiovascular conditions, infection, cardiomyopathy, and hemorrhaging.
Is COVID-19 or COVID Vaccines Causing Maternal Mortality?But with this upswing in maternal deaths, in the absence of hard evidence, some pundits are blaming COVID-19. And the mainstream media, including Reuters, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal, have reported that COVID-19 infection has contributed to the surge in maternal demise.
Over 1.5 Million Adverse Events ReportedAs of March 10, 2023, there have been 1,533,181 reports of adverse events following the COVID-19 vaccines, according to CDC data.
“COVID-19 vaccine [adverse events] far exceed the safety signal on all recognized thresholds,” the team of scientists, which included three medical doctors, wrote.
“Pregnancy complications and menstrual abnormalities are significantly more frequent following COVID-19 vaccinations than Influenza vaccinations. A worldwide moratorium on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy is advised until randomized prospective trials document safety in pregnancy and long-term follow-up in offspring.”
In America, pregnant women are given one to two influenza vaccines (two if the pregnancy spans more than one flu season), a vaccine to protect the baby against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria (TdaP), and a COVID-19 vaccine.
The safety of giving these vaccines at the same time has never been established.
COVID-19 Vaccines Contributing to Maternal MortalityOn April 28, 2021, Whitney Reising Oliver made a public post on Facebook about the FREE VACCINATION EVENT at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.
The flyer she posted features an ethnic-looking young woman in braids with a mask on her face who is proudly displaying a band-aid on her arm.
“The vaccines are contributing to a rise in neonatal mortality. The stillbirth data is hard to ignore,” Dr. Stuart Fischbein, an obstetrician based in southern Utah who has over 40 years of clinical experience, said.
But Fischbein also said that he believed that maternal mortality is often due to a combination of things. In the context of the last two years, these include lack of access to prenatal care because of the lockdowns; overwhelming anxiety, stress and depression; lack of exercise, outside time, and vitamin D; as well as poor nutrition.
However, Fischbein said, in addition to these issues, the COVID-19 vaccines are likely a contributing factor as well. COVID-19 vaccination was the only thing that changed in 2021, he pointed out.
“We’ve seen a rise in maternal deaths from heart issues,” he said. “Pregnant women should not be having heart problems, and we know that the vaccines affect the heart. There’s nothing in the environment that’s changed in the last two years other than the known risk of myocarditis, pericarditis, and arrhythmias caused by these COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.”
“So the simplest explanation is probably the most likely one,” Fischbein continued. “These vaccines affect the heart and the clotting mechanisms. We’re seeing more heart issues, hemorrhaging, placenta irregularities, and menstrual irregularities. If you were a detective investigating a crime scene and there were Skittles all over, you might want to suspect the Skittles.”