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Forum Name: Gynecology
Question: std and new baby, need help..
|sebastien - Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:07 am||
hi, im 23 and female,
ive just found out from a ex partner he has a std and recons he gave it to me, however ive now got a 6 month old baby and am really worried ive passed it on when giving birth is this possible? i feel really guilty and embarrased please help me.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:59 pm||
It is important to find out what infection your partner has. Active Herpes lesions would be an example of one STD which could cause a problem in a newborn if they are present in the mother at the time of vaginal delivery.
There is also concern about gonorrhea which can harm a newborn's eyes (and could cause other problems) so antibiotic ointment is placed in the baby's eyes shortly after delivery. This counteracts any possible infection of that nature.
Every precaution is taken to rule out STDs in the mother when she is pregnant. If your screening tests were negative and you had no symptoms yourself during pregnancy or at the time of delivery, that would improve your chances of not passing anything on to your baby.
You should be retested now that you know your ex partner had this infection, just to be sure. Many local health departments offer screenings at no or low cost.
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