How important is it to choose the hospital where you will be giving birth following a CMV pregnancy?
The importance of the choice of hospital pertains both to medical considerations and considerations of convenience.
After the birth, a test to diagnose and/or confirm fetal CMV infection needs to be done.
Some hospitals perform a urine test, and some hospitals start from the saliva test.
The saliva test is reliable only when the result is negative. The advantage of this test lies in the relative simplicity of sample collection. If the result is positive, a urine test will also be done, which is reliable in both a negative and a positive result.
For the most part, for an infected baby, hospitals will perform the full protocol of tests which is appropriate for their diagnosis as positive, but not all will do this during hospitalization and will not always help with scheduling appointments, therefore it is always recommended to contact the hospital prior to the birth and verify the postnatalprotocol
Is the delivery of a baby known to be infected with CMV during the pregnancy or for whom there is suspicion of infection, different than a regular delivery?
The delivery of a baby infected with CMV or for whom there is suspicion of infection with the virus is no different from a regular delivery, except for the need to inform the team of the condition, in order for the data to be recorded in the file and for the necessary protocol of tests to be implemented after the delivery.
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