Chorioamnionitis/Sepsis

The image shows a pattern of inflammation typical of chorioamnionitis – a cause of neonatal sepsis.

Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes and/or amniotic fluid surrounding your baby while in the womb. Sepsis is infection in your baby, often from bacteria. Chorioamnionitis puts a baby at risk for sepsis.

common questions

How is chorioamnionitis diagnosed?

It is clinically suspected when a mother has a combination of symptoms that can include fever, fast heart rate (either mother or baby), foul smelling fluid, uterine tenderness, and/or elevated white blood cells on a blood test.

 

What will happen to my baby?

Because of the increased risk for infection, your baby will need to be admitted for close monitoring and intravenous (IV) antibiotics for 48 hours until infection can be ruled out with blood tests.

What if my baby is infected?

If a specific bacteria is identified in your baby's blood stream, he or she will remain on IV antibiotics for 2-3 weeks depending on the type of infection.

A neonatologist is available 24/7 for referral and case consultation

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