May Awareness LDA Guest Blogger Sue Faber is a Registered Nurse (BScN) and Co-founder and President of LymeHope, a not-for-profit organization in Canada. Sue’s specific area of expertise and research is in the compilation and analysis of the literature that exists on maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme and congenital Lyme borreliosis; amplifying, supporting and powering urgent […]
Pregnancy and Lyme
Webinar Available for Viewing on YouTube–On April 29th, 2021, Mothers Against Lyme & Project Lyme presented an interactive webinar Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: State of the Science and Opportunities for Research Support featuring Holly Ahern, MS, MT (ASCP), Sue Faber, RN, BScN, and representatives from the NIH. It is known that Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta, causing
On April 29th, 2021, Mothers Against Lyme & Project Lyme presented an interactive webinar Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: State of the Science and Opportunities for Research Support featuring Holly Ahern, MS, MT (ASCP), Sue Faber, RN, BScN, and representatives from the NIH. Click here for LDA website article with more info on the webinar Click […]
Any woman who has Lyme disease and is considering becoming pregnant or who is pregnant, or who is bitten by a tick during pregnancy, should see a Lyme disease doctor, one who understands the serious medical implications of Lyme during pregnancy. The Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta and can cause death of […]
Congress recently increased annual funding for research on Lyme and related tickborne diseases at NIH by $29 million to a total of $63 million. Most of this is discretionary, although $10 million of it is mandatory for research specific to Lyme disease. In addition to this historic increase, there are opportunities for funding and research support for studies on maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease and the impact of pregnancy on immune response. To stimulate researcher interest, NIH has issued a series of notices to encourage investigators to apply for grants and has asked stakeholder organizations for help getting the word out.
The issue of Lyme disease and pregnancy is a serious one, and much more research and education is needed to understand the extent and scope of the problems related to pregnancy and Lyme. The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) is providing information on a study on Lyme and Pregnancy which is led by researchers from the […]
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website to include information regarding maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease. According to the CDC, “Untreated Lyme disease during pregnancy can lead to infection of the placenta. Spread from mother to fetus is possible but rare. Fortunately, with appropriate antibiotic treatment, there is no increased risk of adverse birth outcomes.”