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If a woman has herpes and has a baby, does her baby automatically get the herpes?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The chance for the newborn infant to contract herpes infection from the maternal birth canal depends upon how long mother has had the same infection.
If the mother contracted herpes infection during her pregnancy, transmission rate is much higher compared to the mother who did before she got pregnant.

In brief: No

The chance for the newborn infant to contract herpes infection from the maternal birth canal depends upon how long mother has had the same infection.
If the mother contracted herpes infection during her pregnancy, transmission rate is much higher compared to the mother who did before she got pregnant.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: HERPES GENITALES

Babies are delivered by cs if mom has severe herpes genitales.

In brief: HERPES GENITALES

Babies are delivered by cs if mom has severe herpes genitales.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Reality bites

A baby born to a mother during her first herpes outbreak has a significant risk of developing herpes encephalitis and dying or ending up with severe brain damage.
That risk drops significantly for recurrent outbreaks but some have c-section deliveries to avoid any risk. I've cared for these babies born to mothers who were not aware of the problem.A brain damaged baby is not what they wanted.

In brief: Reality bites

A baby born to a mother during her first herpes outbreak has a significant risk of developing herpes encephalitis and dying or ending up with severe brain damage.
That risk drops significantly for recurrent outbreaks but some have c-section deliveries to avoid any risk. I've cared for these babies born to mothers who were not aware of the problem.A brain damaged baby is not what they wanted.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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