How Can I Reduce the Risk of Infection During Labor and Delivery?
It's also possible to get an infection during the actual labor and delivery process. While you're in the hospital, it might feel like every passing visitor is invited in to grope around in your uterus, but in fact, doctors and labor and delivery nurses know that the best way to minimize infection risk is to only do manual exams when they're really necessary. They'll be especially careful if you've been in labor a long time, or if your water broke before labor and delivery actually began, two situations that can make infection slightly more likely. If this is the case, you may be given IV antibiotics, just to be safe.