"One more reason that home birth is the safer option. Your risk of infection is dramatically higher in the hospital. We talk of sterile equipment but the hospital is one of the dirtiest places in the world, filled with bacteria and viruses that you and your baby do not need to be exposed to. Many people avoid visiting the hospital with small children yet we take the smallest and most vulnerable there to start their lives."
Dr. Nancy Salgueiro
"There is growing recognition that the hospital environment plays an important role in the transmission of infections in the health care setting and it's clear that these (privacy curtains) are potentially important sites of contamination because they are frequently touched by patients and providers," Dr. Ohl told Reuters Health...
Tests detected Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, including the especially dangerous methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), as well as various species of Enterococci -- gut bacteria -- some resistant to the newer antibiotic vancomycin.
The researchers used additional tests to identify specific vancomycin and methicillin-resistant strains to see whether the same strains were circulating and contaminating the curtains over and over.
The study found significant contamination that occurred very rapidly after new curtains were placed.
Of the 13 privacy curtains placed during the study, 12 showed contamination within a week. Virtually all privacy curtains tested (41 of 43) were contaminated on at least one occasion...
To avoid spreading those bugs, health care providers should make sure to wash their hands after routine contact with the curtains and before interacting with patients..."
Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs
ONE FURTHER NOTE: Medical personnel are encouraged to wash their hands after touching the curtains in order to combat the filth and toxicity of the curtains. But remember - the soaps that they are using are also extremely toxic and chemical-laden.
Would you want chemical-laden hands on your body or that of your newborn baby?