An informative guide on the Government website about protecting babies from hepatitis B.
Each year in the UK, around 3,000 babies are born to women who have hepatitis B infection. This infection is caused by a virus that is spread through blood and attacks the liver.
During childbirth, your baby is in contact with your blood so there is a chance that the virus is passed on to your baby. If this happens, your baby could become infected, 9 out of 10 exposed babies will develop chronic (long-lasting) infection.