Personally, the risks of GBS, if I turn out on be positive for it, seem worse to me than having to replenish my gut flora. I wouldn't want to be ignorant of my status as a carrier or not.
Originally Posted by zeeohee
Here's the reference about waterbirth and gbs infection rate: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21322437
1 case of newborn gbs infection out of 4432 waterbirths, vs. 1 out of 1450 "dry" births. In any case, I would not call either statistic "easily" causing sepsis. Another one of the many birth-and-baby-related risk/benefit decisions we've all got to make....
Hmm... The CDC seems to have very different stats, saying that "if you have tested positive and are not in the high risk category, then your chances of delivering a baby with GBS are:
1 in 200 if antibiotics are not given
1 in 4000 if antibiotics are given" ... Implying that if you are positive and high risk, it's much more likely even than that.
and on the American Pregnancy Association website the description of what GBS causes are:
"The signs and symptoms of early onset GBS include:
Signs and symptoms occurring within hours of delivery
Breathing problems, heart and blood pressure instability
Gastrointestinal and kidney problems
Sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis are the most common complications
Newborns with early-onset are treated the same as the mothers, which is through intravenous antibiotics.
The signs and symptoms of late-onset GBS include:
Signs and symptoms occurring within a week or a few months of delivery
Meningitis is the most common symptom
Late-onset GBS is not as common as early-onset
Late-onset of GBS could be a result of delivery, or the baby may have contracted it by coming into contact with someone who has GBS."
Keep in mind the figures each refer to really different populations.