People living with hep B can have children. As long as partners are vaccinated against hep B, they will not be able to get hep B.

Vaccines and tests for babies and mothers

If a mother has hep B, her baby should receive a dose of hep B immunoglobulin and the first hep B vaccine within 12 hours of birth. The baby must also get 3 further doses in the first 6 months of life. 12 months after birth, the baby should get a hep B test to make sure that the vaccines worked. This will help protect the baby from hep B for life.

After the baby is born, the mother will need to get 6 monthly checks with her doctor, to keep her healthy and to see if she needs to go on treatment.

Want to know if you are vaccinated? Click here to see our Hepatitis B Testing Chart >> 

For more information, click here to see our Detailed hep B information page >> 

For more information about family planning and hep B, phone the Hepatitis Infoline or talk to your doctor.


Are you planning on having a baby, or have a baby? For general info, please see our Commonwealth information partner, PregnancyBirth&Baby.

Click here to open PregnancyBirth&Baby in a new tab >>

This page last updated 12 Jan 2021

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