Originally Posted by triscuitsmom
I did test and I *was* negative. In fact I was negative less than a week before I had my baby. Still I had prolonged ROM and despite having no fever (in either of us), perfectly healthy seeming baby with no signs of an infection of any kind they still refused to let him leave until after 48 hours of observation and wanted to do a full septic work up including spinal tap and blood work. I refused both and we left after 24 hours because my family doctor felt that it was a ridiculous policy and signed us out, but it was hospital policy and had he not I would've had to sign out AMA.
So testing doesn't necessarily mean a thing. When I questioned it I was told that your status can change so quickly that even it being done less than a week before doesn't mean you aren't positive at the time of delivery so they still follow risk factors.
As far as I can see that makes testing at all pretty pointless. After all if you are negative at testing but then positive at delivery your baby is at risk... and if you are positive at testing you could be negative at delivery and that would mean you and your baby just both got unnecessary antibiotics with the risk factors that go along with that including thrush and also leading to antibiotic resistance.
FWIW I only had the testing done with DS2 in case I had to transfer. I wanted to be able to avoid the hassle if I was negative and it did me no good.
We did the test, only vaginally (I didn't know they did a rectal swap, how stupid!) and my MW gave me the stick and I went to the bathroom myself, so it was not as weird me doing it as someone else.
We did it in case of a transfer. If it is negative, we can tell the hospital it's negative and they will leave us alone. I don't think labor or directly postpartum is a fun time to fight policies and deal with rude pushy people and have them scowl at you when you do sign the AMA, I just don't want to deal with that.
I am going to talk to my MW about testing every week till the baby comes that way I'll know if I am positive or not closer to the birth time. If we are positive, we are going to do the Hibiclens and such in labor. Also, if we are positive, I may just decide to leave that info out if we transfer and just do the Hibiclens at the hospital.
I don't know, it depends on how soon she can get back to me with results.
She said if I'm negative, I can go longer after ROM with no antibiotics. If I'm positive, and my water never breaks, (as we're not planning on vag. exams either) or breaks late in labor, we won't have to do anything.
---I'm still on the swabbing of the butt, how stupid is that, seriously!