Perinatal Transmission Law and Legal Definition

Perinatal transmission is the transmission of a disease causing organism from a mother to a child/fetus during the perinatal period. Perinatal period is the period immediately before or after the birth of a child. Perinatal transmission may take place when the fetus is in the mother’s womb, or when the child is breastfed. Pursuant to 42 CFR 130.2, perinatal transmission means transmission of HIV infection from mother to child that occurs during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.