The Impact of Infection During Pregnancy on the Mother and Baby

  • Heather E. Jeffery
  • Monica M. Lahra

Infection continues to account for a major proportion of maternal, fetal, and neonatal mortality and morbidity worldwide.

In the developing world, maternal systemic infections, such as pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and pyelonephritis, which are often functions of poverty, crowding, and malnutrition, impose health costs to the mother and risks to the fetus. These risks include spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, preterm labor and preterm birth, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and infection. This is in addition to the rapidly escalating rates of a number of sexually transmitted diseases, in particular, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with its associated comorbidities.


Preterm Birth Sexually Transmitted Infection Bacterial Vaginosis Genital Herpes Congenital Toxoplasmosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather E. Jeffery
    • 1
  • Monica M. Lahra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neonatal Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Newborn CareRoyal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

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