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Answering Questions About Herpes in Pregnancy

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Herpes during pregnancy is a common concern. Because one in every five women is infected with the herpes virus, it is likely that herpes may be a topic that will be raised during a prenatal class, or afterward in private. An expectant mother who has a history of herpes may have concerns about protecting her baby from this virus. She may also have concerns about her own health, relationship issues including the support of her husband and family, or how to communicate with her health-care provider and make the best choices for a safe birth experience. Her childbirth educator can be a source of support and empowerment.

Keywords: herpes and cesarean surgery; herpes education; herpes in pregnancy; neonatal herpes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.20.1.61

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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