What's Up, Doc? is a weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each week they highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 30 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

Our guest on this week's show was Dr. Funminiyi Taylor, a doctor with Mercyhealth that specializes in pregnancies.

Dr. Taylor was on the show today to talk about the confusion surrounding pregnant women and the COVID vaccine. Dr. Taylor comes from a place of understanding when it comes to hesitancy in pregnant mothers to not get the vaccine. Dr. Taylor was herself pregnant during the pandemic. When the vaccine was available while she was still carrying, she said that she and her mother poured through the research before making the decision to get vaccinated.

Dr. Taylor explains that anything that is in the vaccine will not make it through the mother's body to reach the baby and even if it could it would be blocked by the placenta. There's also the added bonus of COVID antibodies being found in the babies of mothers who were vaccinated during pregnancy, meaning the newborn will enter the world with a built-in immunity to COVID.

Dr. Taylor was a delight to have on the show. She obviously has a wonderful bedside manner and is very well informed. We thank her for her time and look forward to our next guest on What's Up, Doc?

A new episode of What's Up, Doc? airs every Thursday morning at 8:35 on 1440 WROK.

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