Throughout Ohio, mothers-to-be are forced to wear a face mask at work or lose their job.
Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide mask mandate extends no consideration to the unborn.
Employers must enforce the governor’s ruling or face fines and other consequences.
A new study indicates that oxygen deprivation during the fetal stage could increase the threat of birth defects.
Oxygen is significant to life, and to a fetus, it is important to growth and development, therefore any lack of oxygen has the potential to be devastating and even fatal to a growing fetus. It is hence vital for an expectant mother to avoid any behavior that might scale back the amount of oxygen her baby receives.
Doctors say that any lack of oxygen has the potential to be devastating and even fatal to a growing fetus.
Wearing a face covering for extended periods can result in hypoxia. A low blood oxygen level lasting for several days or longer is called chronic hypoxemia.
Hypoxia is also associated with an impairment in immunity.
Ohio Statehouse News recently spoke with two expectant mothers who were forced to wear face masks or lose their jobs.
Linsey’s baby is due in mid-September. Linsey asked that her last name not be published.
“I’m currently 33 weeks and have to wear one,” said Linsey.
“I work at Marshall’s. We are required to wear a mask for the whole 8-hour shift and can only take it off to eat or drink. If I refuse to wear the mask, I unfortunately will not have a job anymore!
“I dislike wearing the mask. I feel like it negatively impacts my child’s and my own health.
“My doctor has said that they don’t have enough research to say whether or not the masks work, but they do recommend it for the ‘safety’ of myself and my child.
“I do worry about the amount of oxygen that myself and the baby are getting constantly. There have been many times at work where I’ve gotten light-headed and out of breath. When I am at work wearing the mask, I notice a huge decrease in my baby’s movements which to me is very concerning.”
Morgan Carrel is a front-end supervisor at Kroger. Her baby is due in mid-October.
“I either have to wear a mask or a face shield (with an approved doctor’s note) If I refused, I would have to take a leave of absence,” said Morgan.
“I’ve gotten used to wearing it. I work 40 hours a week, eight hours a day.
“I’m not a fan at all. Some days it does seem to affect my breathing to where I’m messing with the mask and pulling it down just to catch my breath at times.”
Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well for very long without it.
DeWine claims to care about children. His lack of regard for the unborn seems to leave that in question.