Depending on the infection you have, the following may be used to help treat the infection and prevent it from being passed onto your newborn.


For some infections, especially viral infections like CMV and parvovirus B19 (fifth disease) , there is no medication that treats the infection. In these cases, your doctor may want to see you more often to monitor you and your developing baby. If your developing baby appears to be ill, there are special diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare provider will discuss these options with you and their potential benefits and risks.

Cesarean Section

Some infections, like herpes and HIV , can spread to your baby during a vaginal delivery. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a cesarean section instead of a vaginal delivery to reduce the chances of transmitting the infection to your newborn.