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Neonatal infection can be acquired in the womb, passed through the placenta by the mother or through ruptured membranes, in the birth canal during delivery or from external sources after birth (postpartum). Maternal infections can cause a birth injury if undiagnosed and not treated. Infections to babies in the womb can occur any time before birth. The effect of the virus to the baby depend on the type of infection and timing of infection in gestation. This can have a devastating impact to the baby and can cause spontaneous miscarriage, intrauterine growth restriction, premature birth, stillbirth and congenital malformation.

Viral infections can include herpes simplex viruses, HIV, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and hepatitis B. Infections such as HIV or hepatitis B can be passed to the baby from passage through an infected birth canal or if delivery is delayed after rupture of membranes.

Bacterial infections include group B streptococci, enteric gram-negative organisms (primarily Escherichia coli), Listeria monocytogenes, gonococci, and chlamydia.

Group B Streptococci is a common infection and can be treated effectively following an early and quick diagnosis. If left untreated Group B Strep can be harmful to the baby and can affect brain development. On rare occasions, it can cause serious infections such as meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia.

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Maternal Infections

Infections in the pre and post-natal period including sepsis.

Maternal mental health

Many women will seek help for their child who might have suffered an injury but often forget the importance of their mental health.

Support for partners and family

Witnessing a traumatic birth or living with a birth injury can have a devastating effect on partners, siblings, and other family members

Legal advice.

The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Sadly, when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for parents and the wider family.

If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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