I got all lab results back this week and all looks great, except that my urine tested positive for group b strep. I did not have this during my first pregnancy and hadn't heard of it before. The lady on the phone reviewing my results said I just needed to have an IV during labor... which I do not want at all. I am planning a waterbirth, like last time, in a birthing center and strongly prefer not to be hooked up to an IV. She told me I wouldn't need to be hooked up to the actual IV the whole time, just once every 4 hours when I need a new dose... I asked if I could be tested again around 35 weeks, as that's what I'm reading is the normal testing time, but she said no because I would likely still be positive.
Experiences from natural birthing mamas? Info I'm getting online is mostly from moms who were hooked up to IVs for hydration and pain meds anyway so they didn't care. I really really hate the idea of needing to be hooked up if I don't need to be. If I transferred care to an independant birthing center (not attached to a hospital; and not because of this issue, because I had been considering it anyway), how would they manage the Group B Strep? Should I insist on being tested again just in case I'm negative later? Will needing the IV interfere with my waterbirth? I see my midwife again in two weeks, but have all these questions now from that phone call :(
http://www.mothering.com/community/a/treating-group-b-strep-are-antibiotics-necessary Reading this has me torn...
Edited by kt~mommy - 8/8/13 at 11:33am