Pregnancy and Hepatitis C Care | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Pregnancy and Hepatitis C Care

Whether you recently have been diagnosed with hepatitis C or have been living with it for some time, the team at Norton Complex Care Clinics can answer your questions and help you during your treatment journey. Our goal is to make sure you know what to expect when you’re expecting and that you and your family have the answers you need.

Because the hep C virus can be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy or delivery, women who are diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C before becoming pregnant should seek and complete treatment prior to conceiving.

Norton Healthcare has been screening pregnant women for hepatitis C since 2016. In 2018, our team supported lawmakers to pass legislation to help Kentucky become the first state to implement hepatitis C screening in all pregnant mothers during their first prenatal visit.

If you are pregnant and have an active hepatitis C infection, or a newly diagnosed infection, our team at Norton Complex Care Clinics can help you map a plan that is best for you and your baby during and after your pregnancy. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your immediate health needs as well as your needs after you have your baby and while breastfeeding.

Norton Complex Care Clinics provide a compassionate environment that supports you and answers your questions every step of the way to make sure you fully understand your prenatal monitoring and postpartum treatment options. We connect you to resources you may need to manage your hepatitis C as well as screening resources for your baby.

When to Seek Care

Women diagnosed with hepatitis C during pregnancy, or pregnant with a known hepatitis C infection, should see a doctor who specializes in treating this infection during the second or third trimester. Though women cannot be treated while pregnant or breastfeeding, the specialist will provide important prenatal education designed to support overall health for the mother and developing baby.

What Care Can I Get During and After My Pregnancy for Hepatitis C?

Norton Complex Care Clinics work with you to develop a monitoring and treatment plan for your unique needs. Many factors can affect the plan of care to treat hepatitis C, including your plan to breastfeed, stage of liver disease, longer-term family planning decisions and other health conditions you are experiencing. Typically, pregnant mothers will have the following steps as part of their treatment plan:

  • Prenatal visit: Includes review of your history, collection of bloodwork and education for guidance on birth delivery, breastfeeding and methods to avoid transmission to your baby or other members of your household 
  • Post-delivery testing: Follow-up hepatitis C testing for mother at six weeks. Studies show that some women spontaneously clear hepatitis C infection after delivery, while other women develop chronic hepatitis C. The only way to know for sure is to get retested. Your baby will need follow-up testing to determine if the infection was transmitted, and your provider can recommend the best age to complete testing.
  • Treatment: If your infection has not cleared, then our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Locations

Contact one of our Norton Complex Care Clinic locations to make an appointment for care.

Norton Complex Care Clinic – Downtown
Norton Cancer Institute – Downtown
676 S. Floyd St., lower level
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 629-2500
Norton Complex Care Clinic – Corydon
Harrison County Hospital
Medical Pavilion, Suite 110
1263 Hospital Drive NW
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: (812) 734-0912
Infectious Disease – 6498

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