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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Easy Intervention to Lower Infection After Cesarean

By February 8, 2013

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A new review shows that a simple vaginal wash just prior to cesarean birth, with something called povidone-iodine, can reduce postcesarean endometritis. This is a type of infection that happens after a cesarean birth. (There was no effect on the wound/incision or the rates of fever in mom.) The benefits were greater if the mom's water had broken prior to the cesarean.

This might seem like no big deal, but infection in the postpartum period can lead to further problems in future pregnancies.As we work towards make cesarean birth safer, this can be one of the many things that you can do to increase that safety.

What did you have in your cesarean birth plan to help plan for safety?

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Vaginal preparation with antiseptic solution before cesarean section for preventing postoperative infections. Haas, DM, Morgan, S, Contreras, K. 31 JAN 2013, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007892.pub3

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