In the US alone, at least five million people are infected with hepatitis B or C, and the majority don’t even know it. There is a good chance that most midwives will work with women who are unaware that they are infected. This article discusses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis from a midwife’s perspective.
Kathleen McDonald, CPM, has attended homebirths in the Boise, Idaho, area for 23 years, though she is now mostly retired. She is an HCV Basic Educator with the Hepatitis C Support Project, and she enjoys spending time with her daughters, dancing, skiing, gardening and singing.