Pregnancy and Hepatitis C Care

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Whether you recently have been diagnosed with hepatitis C or have been living with it for some time, the team at Norton Infectious Diseases Institute 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 hepatitis C virus can be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy or delivery, patients who are diagnosed with hepatitis C before becoming pregnant should seek and complete treatment prior to conceiving.

Norton Healthcare has been screening pregnant patients 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 patients during their first prenatal visit.

If you are pregnant and have an active hepatitis C infection, our team at Norton Infectious Diseases Specialists can help you create a personalized treatment plan for postpartum follow-up and provide important prenatal education designed to support overall health for the mother and developing baby.

Norton Infectious Diseases Institute provides 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.

When to Seek Care

Patients 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 their pregnancy. Though patients cannot be treated while pregnant or breastfeeding, the specialist will provide the information and support you need during your pregnancy, and will get you scheduled for follow-up after you have had the baby.

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

Norton Infectious Diseases Specialists will work with you to develop a monitoring and treatment plan for your unique needs. Typically, pregnant patients will have the following steps as part of their treatment plan:

  • Prenatal visit: Includes review of your history, education regarding hepatitis C and education for guidance on 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 to eight weeks postpartum. Studies show that some patients spontaneously clear hepatitis C infection after delivery. 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.


Contact us to make an appointment for care. Norton Infectious Diseases Specialists

Norton Infectious Diseases Specialists

Children’s Hospital Foundation Building
601 S. Floyd St., Suite 604
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 446-6434

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