The Cause Of Sepsis In Mothers After Childbirth?

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Hello,. Earlier I read one article from HealthReplies.com about the causes of maternal death after giving birth. One of them is an infection that leads to sepsis. I want to ask, does this sepsis occur immediately after a while the mother gives birth? Or has it started happening since a few months when it was pregnant? And if after giving birth to sepsis, will it also affect the newborn baby? Thank you for your answer. thank you

1 Answer:

Good morning, thanks for the question


Postpartum infection or called puerperal infection occurs when bacteria infects the uterus and surrounding tissue after a woman gives birth. Some conditions of puerperal infection such as:


1. Endometritis: infection of the uterus


2. Myometritis: infection of the muscle tissue in the uterus


3. Parametritis: infection of the tissue around the uterus


Puerperal infections appear in the uterus after childbirth. If the infection is severe then it is called post partum sepsis. The risk of having an infection after childbirth is influenced by the method of labor being undertaken, namely:


1. 1-3% in normal labor


2. 5-15% of planned cesarean deliveries


3. 15-20% in unplanned cesarean delivery


There are other additional risk factors that make a woman more at risk of developing post partum sepsis including anemia, obesity, bacterial infection of the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, repeated vaginal examinations during childbirth, prolonged labor, premature rupture of membranes, bacterial infection of the streptococcus in the vagina, bleeding after giving birth.


Puerpural infections can cause the recovery period of mothers after childbirth to be longer. The condition of sepsis can even cause death in new mothers giving birth.


In addition, infections can also occur during pregnancy, called intrauterine infection. Intrauterine infection or chorioamnionitis is an infection of the amniotic fluid, chorioamnion membrane and or uterus during pregnancy or childbirth. Intrauterine infection conditions cause a risk of premature rupture of membranes, premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory distress in infants, or neonatal sepsis or severe infections in newborns. The most common cause is infection in the genital tract which is not treated properly during pregnancy, so that bacteria can transmit into the membranes.


That's all, hope you can help


Wassalam, Dr. Farah


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