How does a pregnant woman pass hepatitis b virus to her baby?

Delivery process. Newborn infants often get exposed to maternal body fluids especially to her blood during the birthing process. Therefore, all the newborns born to hepatitis b positive mothers receive Hepatitis B Immune Globulin in addition to Hepatitis B Vaccine within 12 hours from birth.
During childbirth. This generally occurs during childbirth and is preventable in most cases by giving Hepatitis B Immune Globulin to the infant at birth and sometimes suppressing viral load during pregnancy with antiviral medications.

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Can a hepatitis b virus affected woman give birth to a child who will not have it?

Yes. Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn.However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery. Read more...

My wife is HBV infected. Can a hepatitis b virus infected woman give birth to healthy child?

Yes. Those who acquired the germ before pregnancy can still pass it on to their newborn.However, infant vaccination at birth with simultaneous administration of Hepatitis B Immune Globulin can often prevent transfer of the germ during the birth process. Consult with your OB and the pediatrician involved so the material will be available at delivery. Read more...

I'm a hepatitis b virus carriers, if I want a baby, will be transmitted baby? Can I feeding my milk to my baby? Who can see my chinese eng? Thanks!

Yes and no. Yes, you may carry the pregnancy and it is possible you may transmit the hep b to your baby. However, you may also prevent that through vaccination youself and infant, and give your baby immunogloblin. It may also reduced the risk of breast feeding. Read more...