Just wondering what everyone else is doing it around this.
I'm thinking of declining... my reasoning being that even if I turn out to be positive, I will decline routine use of antibiotics during labor (though will reconsider if other risk factors arise).
The only reason it could be useful to me would be if I turned out negative and ended up transferring .... but I'm thinking that in that case there might already *be* risk factors present, so who knows. Which doesn't seem to make it worth doing anyway.
My only question around this (which I will ask my midwifes tomorrow) is whether infections on baby can be diagnosed relatively easily. I know confirming GBS would require blood cultures, which take a while; but it does seem reasonable that should an infection be suspected in a newborn whose mother is of unknown GBS status and did not receive antibiotics, that prophylactic antibiotics (on baby) could be started.