No. There really isn't anything sterile about birth.
If I had strangers touching in there or the baby/ cord after birth, I would want them to wear gloves because their flora is not mine. Otherwise, no gloves needed.
Infection causes a large percentage of maternal deaths in developing countries. In America, we don’t really fear infection because we have, in general, less experience with it or loss from it. Because of this, we can tend toward carelessness. The material presented here is only referred back to later, so please mark this page for reference and review.
Aseptic techniques are practices that reduce exposure to infection. They include:
Hand washing as described below.
· Clean clothing: anyone coming into contact with the mother should take care to not have any loose dirt or contaminants on their clothing.
· A clean environment: all pillows and sheets the mother will be in contact with should be freshly laundered and have no mildew, food, or bodily fluids on them. The toilet, shower, or bath should be bleached before hand.
· Any tools being used for the birth (such as scissors, mirrors, etc.) should be bleached and then heat dried (if possible). You can sterilize a knife or scissors by scrubbing clean and then boiling for 20 minutes or soaking in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes.
· Quick removal of bodily fluids including vomit, feces, urine, or blood.
Antiseptic Handwashing Technique
Apply an antiseptic (such as an iodophor sanitizer) and scrub your hands and fingernail beds for 3 minutes under running water. Keep hands above the elbows during whole washing period. Dry hands carefully as water breeds pathogens. Be careful to turn off the water with a dry barrier between you and the faucet. If no water is available, apply alcohol sanitizer to the hands and fingernail beds and wait until it is dry. Wash your hands before you apply gloves in case the gloves are torn or nicked during use. Bacteria grows quickly inside warm moist gloves, so be careful to also wash your hands after you take the gloves off.
Apply gloves. Do not let your bare hands touch the outside surface of the glove. Do not let your gloved hand touch bare skin or the inner part of the other glove’s surface.[ii]
Even after surgical scrubs, bare hands are always considered potentially infectious and should never come in direct contact with sterile equipment or access points to the mother’s internal body. After hands are completely dry, pick up the gloves from the inside to apply.
I'm also very interested in your intentions here, Unbelievable. Do you even support UC? I noticed you joined Mothering.com today, and I've only seen two unsupportive posts from you.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
I personally would feel better tossing the thinner ones than the thicker cleaning style, but that is just me....although the longer sleeves could be handier =)