A new study titled: Lyme borreliosis in pregnancy and associations with parent and offspring health outcomes: An international cross-sectional survey has been published in Frontiers in Medicine, and is open access to all. Link to the full paper here
Research Team: The primary investigator leading this research is Dr. Elizabeth Darling from McMaster Midwifery Research Centre, McMaster University, along with her team Dr. Katherine Leavey, Dr. Elizabeth Cates, Rachel MacKenzie and Olivia Marquez. Other collaborators include Dr. Charlotte Mao, Dr. Melanie Wills, Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran, Dr. Vett Lloyd, Dr. Abeer Omar and Sue Faber. This research was funded by the DH Falle Family Foundation.
Research Objectives: The objective of the survey was to investigate the health outcomes of people with Lyme disease in pregnancy and their offspring, and to compare these to people without Lyme disease and pregnancy.
Study Population: Researchers analyzed data from a seven-section survey which was administered in both English and French and available for international participation between September 2020 to November 2021. Participants were eligible to complete the survey if they were at least 18 years old and had been pregnant at least once (regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy). Participants could have been diagnosed with acute or chronic/late stage Lyme disease, suspected they may have had or have Lyme disease, or never been diagnosed with or suspected Lyme disease.
Conclusion: 'Overall, this pioneering survey represents significant progress toward understanding the effects of LD on pregnancy and child health. A large prospective study of pregnant people with LD, combining consistent diagnostic testing, exhaustive assessment of fetal/newborn samples, and long-term offspring follow-up, is warranted.'