A latest research have found out that almost half of the infections in women caused after vaginal birth might be prevented with a dose of antibiotics following the delivery. Researchers have estimated that the preventive dose of antibiotics might prevent nearly 5000 infections that new mothers suffer just in United States and several others around the world. Professor at Oxford University in London, Marian Knight said that infections related to pregnancy are a huge cause of death and other major illnesses. Approximately one in every five women gets an infection soon after assisted vaginal delivery. She also said that the numbers might be reduced to half with one dose of prophylactic antibiotic. Issues of post-delivery infection are common throughout the world.
According to a study, in 2016, approximately 19,500 women in the world died due to infections associated with pregnancy. In nations with an average high income, one in every twenty new mothers dies. In United States, the figure is one in every eight. For all those women who survive would later experience some severe infection which would render them with prolonged health issues.
For the purpose of research, Marian’s team took the results of more than 3400 women of 16 years and above. The patients had gone through surgeries of vaginal birth in 27 hospitals throughout UK. Within six hours of delivery, the women were provided either placebo or one dose of intravenous antibiotics. Estimated or confirmed infections in those who received antibiotics were 11% while those who got placebo were 19%. Chances of sepsis were reduced in women by 56% for those who received antibiotics than placebo. Women who were given antibiotics also had reduced rates of perineal pain, breakdown or perineal wound infection, extra perineal care and uses of methods for pain relief for perineal pain etc. Regular visits to nurse, doctors or hospitals would also get lowered.