posted on Mar, 4 2013 @ 05:10 AM
Originally posted by wiser3
Is it possible that a baby born to a mother who is HIV+ will be born HIV-?
I struggle to believe it is so! If the mother carrying the child is positive it surely stands to reason that the child, which until birth is part and
parcel of the pregnant mother, will also be positive!
Surely the mother and unborn child do not have separate immune systems?
Blaming natural birth as a reason for the child becoming infected with HIV during the birthing process seems to be another hidden agenda item, what do
those that subscribe to this theory have against natural birth as opposed to medicated (Epidural)/hospital/C Section births?
I am a male but many of my female friends are now opting for natural (Water) births and they and their children actually seem better off for it!
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The placenta is a natural barrier to most infections. The mother's blood is kept apart from the fetus' blood. My brain is mumbling something about
molecular weight but I'd have to drag out the books to tell you the exact reason why the barrier exists. There is also a blood - brain barrier that
exists in all healthy humans. Most infections in the blood don't pass through the brain barrier.
Natural childbirth increases the risk of the infection to newborns born to mothers with high HIV viral loads. Natural childbirth can be a traumatic
experience that can increase a newborns chance of being directly exposed to his mother's blood. If a mother has not been taking anti-retrovirals,
their blood can be so loaded with the virus that it just isn't safe for them to deliver vaginally. Blood can be exchanged during delivery (that is
why Rh factor is concerning). The mother's blood should not come into contact with any break in the infant's skin or with the infant's mucous
membranes. C-section allows for more control and safety.
No woman with HIV should ever breastfeed regardless of viral load. Ever.
If your female friends are healthy and there are no contraindications for water births...
Awesome! It isn't exactly a natural place for a human to give birth but it doesn't seem to harm baby and the moms seem to like it.
Ohh. I just spotted the question about immune systems. Newborns immunity is a rather passive. Their mother passes along antibodies in utero and in
breast milk. The newborns exposure to pathogens/germs allows them to develop an acquired immunity to the antigens/nasty bugs over time but parents
still need to take care to limit exposure to potential risks during the critical first months.
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