The Different Grades of Chorioamnionitis June 26, 2013/in Video Blog by Birth Injury Justice The Different Grades of ChorioamnionitisThe different grades of chorioamnionitis in general depend on the degree of penetration of the bacteria. It’s also associated with the risk. So the deeper the penetration in general, the higher the risk. What happens is bacteria and products of inflammation and infection initially are in the maternal side of the amniotic sac or the membrane. Then it progresses to the fetal side of the membrane. And lastly, can infect the baby’s umbilical cord. As you know, the umbilical cord is what carries blood and oxygen and nutrients to the baby from the placenta, and carries away from the baby waste products and carbon dioxide. The first two are known as chorioamnionitis. That is, when the maternal or the fetal membranes are infected, that’s known as chorioamnionitis. The last one, there’s actually degradation products of the infection or the inflammation in the cord, is known as funisitis. Unfortunately, you can’t determine the grade of the chorioamnionitis, or if there’s funisitis until after birth.