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Can I have a vaginal childbirth with an active herpes outbreak?

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08/22/14

No, if you have an active herpes outbreak you will not be able to have a vaginal birth. During an active herpes outbreak your baby is at high risk for catching the disease. For your baby's safety a c-section will need to be preformed. If your water breaks or you go into labor you will need a c-section right away.

If you have herpes but have no signs of an outbreak then a vaginal birth is generally considered safe.

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