Having HIV and a healthy baby

Julie is expecting her first baby. With less than a month to go before becoming a mother, the South Shore resident is concerned with the usual things: baby names, comfortable sleeping positions and nursery colours. Julie is HIV-positive, and she and her husband are proof that the virus doesn’t have to end the dream of parenthood.

“I am not worried about my baby becoming infected,” she says over the phone, the smile evident in her voice. “I am just excited.”

The Ste-Justine Hospital’s Centre Maternel et Infantile sur le SIDA helped Julie safely plan conception and pregnancy with her husband, who does not have the virus. It is the only centre in the Montreal region to offer such services to HIV-positive women.

SARAH ANNE MACPHERSON Reports

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