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i'm confused about something

my first baby hasn't come out yet, she'll be here in a couple weeks, so i'm not an expert on childbirth. i just saw an episode of strong medicine where an outbreak of chicken pox had taken over the hospital. one of the ppl infected was a full term pregnant woman who was there to see what the bumps on her face were. heres where i got confused. they said they wanted to get the baby out right away but didn't want to do a c section cause her blood could infect the baby so they wanted to induce. don't you get your blood on the baby when you deliver vaginally also? do you not bleed when you have a vaginal birth?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:21 PM on Jun. 13, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • The only way the mom's blood could infect the baby is if the baby had a cut or open sore, and the moms blood got into the cut. Which during a c-section, some babies do get knicked by the scapel because the doctor can't be 100% certain where all the babies body parts lie in the uterus. Vaginally, most babies won't get injured to the point where skin is broken. That's the only thing I can think of.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Jun. 13, 2010

  • YES YOU BLEED VAGINALLY ALSO. IM NOT SURE IF ALL THOSE MED SHOWS ARE ACCURATE BUT ASK YOUR DOC TO EXPLAIN IT ALL TO YOU THEY WILL! CONGRATS! AND GOOD LUCK!
    cleo2582

    Answer by cleo2582 at 12:50 PM on Jun. 13, 2010

  • ditto first poster. yes you bleed during a vaginal birth but unless the baby has a cut your blood won't mix with theirs. there is a chance that the baby would ingest some of your blood, but not sure if you could pass on chicken pox that way. I do know that infections can be passed through their eyes, though. that's what the ointment they put in babies' eyes is for.
    rhianna1708

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 2:01 PM on Jun. 13, 2010

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