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Can you still have a natural child birth if you have herpes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

There is certainly high risk for baby if you have an outbreak at or around the time of delivery.
There is a possibility you could deliver between outbreaks & not pass it to baby.However, there have been cases where no outbreak was evident but baby acquired the germ during delivery, developed herpes encephalitis & died as a result. The risk is always present so discuss it with your ob.

In brief: Depends

There is certainly high risk for baby if you have an outbreak at or around the time of delivery.
There is a possibility you could deliver between outbreaks & not pass it to baby.However, there have been cases where no outbreak was evident but baby acquired the germ during delivery, developed herpes encephalitis & died as a result. The risk is always present so discuss it with your ob.
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