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April 2004 - Herpes Viruses Association welcomes Government guidelines on Caesarean-sections
The Herpes Viruses Association (HVA) today welcomed government guidelines encouraging women to opt for a natural birth.
Seven percent of calls made to the HVA helpline are from women concerned about pregnancy and birth. "For many years there has been a misconception that women who have suffered an outbreak of genital herpes during pregnancy will need a caesarean section to prevent the virus spreading to the infant during birth. In fact, a caesarean is rarely required," said Marian Nicholson, Director, HVA.
She continued, "A recurrence of genital herpes infection with a full-term delivery doesn’t matter. This is because an unborn baby benefits from maternal antibodies against illnesses to which the mother has previously been exposed, including herpes simplex. This is known as transplacental protection."
There are however a few circumstances when the risks are higher and a caesarean is recommended, these include:
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