Baby is watched
A woman with a history of genital herpes
, even without fresh sores on her genitals, can transmit herpes virus
to her baby during delivery.
Such an at-risk baby is carefully examined, so that anti-viral medications can be started if the baby shows signs of herpes infection (rashes or sickly behavior). If the baby looks fine in his first month, then he probably did not catch mom's genital herpes.