Pregnant people have already experienced climate change ‘firsthand’

September 21, 2022

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Jamieson reports serving on the board of directors for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and writing for UpToDate.

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A recent perspective published in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the effects climate change has already had on the vulnerable population of pregnant people and their children, and what needs to be done to protect them.

Co-author Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor and chair of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta, told Healio that climate change impacts three components of pregnant people’s health: the pregnant person themself, the fetus or newborn and access to health care.

“These effects are not limited to one generation; there can be intergenerational effects,” Jamieson said. “For example, if a baby is born small for gestational age or preterm due to the effects of climate change, that may have lasting health effects, and these health effects may influence, in turn, their future children.”

Jamieson added that much of what needs to be done to protect pregnant people and their children involves policymaking and the creation of guidelines and emergency response plans that take pregnant people into account.

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