Pregnant Women Advised Not To Use Pre-Heated Birthing Pools

On the 9th August 2017 Public Health England published guidance for midwives to advise pregnant women considering using a home birthing pool.

It states that following the discovery of a new born baby with Legionnaires’ disease thatLegionnaires’ disease has been associated with the use of a certain type of birthing pool.’ The birthing pools in question are ones that are pre-filled, potentially weeks in advance of labour, and are kept warm using heaters and recirculation pumps.

The guidance goes on to say that it is not all birthing pools are considered high risk and that traditional birthing pools that are filled once the woman goes into labour and not kept warm are considered safe. Fixed birthing pools in NHS units are also considered to be safe due to the strict control measures in place.


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October 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

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July 24th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

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Melbourne • March 2017

Three men and two women ranging from 51 to 71 years of age were hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in late March to early April. All five reported spending time in the eastern end of Melbourne’s central business district in the days before onset of illness. One of the patients required life support in intensive care but all have been discharged. Authorities are sampling in search for the source and have […]

May 31st, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Recent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

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May 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments