Babies born to a mother with hepatitis B have a greater than 90% chance of developing chronic hepatitis B if they are not properly treated at birth.
It is imperative for pregnant women to know their Hepatitis B status in order to prevent passing the virus on to their newborn baby during delivery.
If your doctor is aware that you have hepatitis B, he or she can make arrangements to have the proper medications in the delivery room to prevent your baby from being infected.
If you test positive for Hepatitis B, then your newborn must be given two shots immediately in the delivery room:
1. first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine
2. one dose of the Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG).
If these two medications are given correctly, a newborn has more than a 90% chance of being protected against a lifelong hepatitis B infection.
You must make sure your baby receives the remaining shots in the series according to schedule to ensure complete protection.