Maternal sepsis is a severe bacterial infection, usually of the uterus (womb), which can occur in pregnant women or, more commonly, in women in the days following childbirth. Infection that occurs just after childbirth is also known as puerperal fever.

For further information please see the Maternal sepsis fact sheet, or contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

Health care workers should note the Maternal sepsis (Puerperal fever) due to Group A Streptococcus – Information for clinicians fact sheet.

Page Updated: Tuesday 27 September 2016