I just spoke with my mw about the GBS screening last week. They treat most moms like they are positive in general (hibiclens douche after ruptured membranes and hibiclens basically anytime anything is going in there ;) but they still like to test because they feel it's good to have all the info possible when/if it comes down to making tough decisions. My mw doesn't specifically advocate many screenings and since I was positive with my 1st and it one of the less invasive tests, I will just go ahead and have it. It really doesn't seem to change much about my care with my mw and if positive then I will be prepared to start the natural remedies.
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I tested positive and will be receiving antibiotics when I go into labor. I don't like the idea, but I have already lost one child (to a different illness) and I know what happens when a newborn runs a fever. I would rather take the antibiotic hit myself than put another child through what my DS went through.
My fourth (a homebirth) started running a fever 3 days after he was born. He was immediately admitted to the pediatric ward of the hospital and they started running tests and administering antibiotics. Many of the tests took several days to get results so they basically treated for everything until something was ruled out. He also got a spinal tap. The reasoning behind this aggressive course of treatment was that there are benign reasons that newborns can run fevers and there are also deadly reasons that newborns can run fevers and by the time they figure out which it can be too late to treat. I would rather aggressively treat and find out that it was benign than wait to figure out what it is and lose another baby. BTW, this child is now a vibrant and precocious nine year old.
Long story short, a short treatment for me beats the heck out of three days of treatments and tests for my newborn.