Local Baby Born With COVID-19 Antibodies
Maggie Burke, a Bethesda resident and physician at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in DC, gave birth earlier this month to a baby girl named Dottie.
The newborn was found to have COVID-19 antibodies that had been passed down by Burke, who had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine while pregnant.
She told NBC4, “I was at a greater risk of COVID because of my risk of exposure working at the hospital. I compared that to the low theoretical risk of a new, unknown vaccine and, for me at the time, I was most comfortable going ahead and getting the vaccine to protect against COVID.”
A study that was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that antibodies could be found in umbilical cord blood and breast milk of expecting mothers that had been vaccinated.