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Newborn Tests Negative After First-Time Mother Gets COVID-19 Ahead of Due Date

A baby in California tested negative for COVID-19 after her mother contracted the disease ahead of the birth earlier this year.



The child’s mother, Rachel Collette, opened up about the “emotional rollercoaster” she endured after contracting the infectious respiratory illness roughly six months ago -- as coronavirus outbreak was spreading globally.


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The child’s mother, Rachel Collette, opened up about the “emotional rollercoaster” she endured after contracting the infectious respiratory illness roughly six months ago — as coronavirus outbreak was spreading globally.

The child’s first-time mom, Rachel Collette, has now opened up about the “emotional rollercoaster” she endured after contracting the infectious respiratory illness roughly six months ago—as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak was spreading rapidly.

Collette revealed her personal experience after taking part in a University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study that found COVID-19 symptoms for pregnant people can be prolonged, lasting two months or longer for some participants.

In the days before giving birth to her daughter, Collette said her symptoms consisted of a dry cough, a sore throat and a headache. Luckily, she said those eventually subsided and her child had tested negative after being born at hospital.

“Definitely that whole week leading up to giving birth was an emotional rollercoaster. Because it was the end of March, beginning of April, there still wasn’t that much information, there were still so many unknowns,” Collette told KRON4.

According to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been more than 25,300 cases of pregnant patients with COVID-19 in the U.C., logged between January 22 and October 6. Of that number, over 5,899 people were hospitalized. It is estimated at least 44 pregnant patients have died.

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The CDC noted one study suggested pregnant people with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized or need mechanical ventilation than nonpregnant people, but it warned the “risk of death is similar for both groups [and] much remains unknown.”

Speaking to KRON, Collette said her daughter, who is six months old, is healthy. Collette was one of 594 women who shared her insights with the academic study this year, the largest to date analyzing COVID-19 among non-hospitalized pregnant women.

The findings, now published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, suggested the most common early symptoms for pregnant women were cough, sore throat, body aches and fever.

It said half of the participants still reported COVID-19 symptoms after three weeks and approximately 25 percent appeared to still show symptoms after eight weeks.

“We found that pregnant people [who have] COVID-19 can expect a prolonged time with symptoms,” senior author Vanessa Jacoby, UCSF vice chair of research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, wrote in the report.

The project—officially known as the Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry—is now ongoing in the U.S., where the virus is still circulating. It was launched March 22.

It has found a loss of taste or smell was the first symptom in six percent of the pregnant women, while 60 percent of women had no symptoms after four weeks of illness.

“The majority of participants in

Nurses save mom and newborn after she gives birth while intubated for COVID-19

Jacklyn Rodriguez was 28 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Jacklyn Rodriguez was 28 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and intubated. While sedated, nurses helped her give birth to her son 10 weeks early in an effort to save both of their lives.

“When they woke me up, and they told me the baby was born, I remember touching my stomach to feel like, ‘Wait, am I understanding what they’re saying?’” Rodriguez told ABC News.

Rodriguez said that when her COVID-19 symptoms worsened, she was admitted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where she was immediately transferred to the surgical intensive care unit and intubated.

“Even with forcing as much oxygen as we can into her, her oxygen levels are not staying high enough,” Angela Derochers, the nurse manager at Tufts Medical Center for OB-GYN, robotics and urology told ABC News. “And so we called the OB attending [physician] up, and he looked at me and he said, ‘We need to deliver this baby because they could both die.’”

“When they tell you that she’s really bad — ‘We got to do this now, if you don’t do this, she’s getting worse and both are going to be in danger’ — I couldn’t believe it, man. I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I was nervous. I was really nervous,” said father and husband Raul Luzardo.

Derochers said: “I was just in shock. She was still intubated. … She literally had machines breathing for her and circulating her blood.”

Rodriguez was put on an ECMO machine to help pump blood through her body, so her heart and lungs could rest after the birth, according to Tufts hospital staff. Less than a day later, she woke up.

“I had no knowledge that he was being born. I was sedated,” she said. “It broke my heart a little bit, but it’s OK because I’m alive and he’s alive.”

Rodriguez, who was unable to meet her baby, named Julian, because she still tested positive for COVID-19, spent the next few weeks recovering.

“I was grateful to God to be alive. I was so grateful that he was OK. But not being able to hold him and be the first person to