I am looking for experience or information regarding stripping the membranes of a GBS positive woman. What are the risks?? I have heard that the risk of infection increases drastically, but am curious as to what the exact numbers are. (Links/websites would be appreciated! ) With my first DD, I declined the GBS testing, so the midwife stripped my membranes at 41 weeks with no questions asked. This time, however, I decided to get tested because I didn't want to face the 48 hour hospital stay (they require it with an "unknown status" patient) with a toddler to care for, as she'll be rooming in with us after the labor. Unfortunately, I got a positive GBS result. I am facing an induction in 3 days b/c I will be 2 weeks "overdue" and neither my midwife or her backup OB can "allow" me to go past 42 weeks. I am debating having her strip my membranes tomorrow in hopes of moving things along naturally before the "deadline", but I do have serious reservations about doing it knowing that I am GBS positive. I wonder, though, about the fact that they stripped the membranes with my first pregnancy, without knowing whether I had GBS or not. I could have very easily been positive, but there were no problems (fever, infection, etc.) due to the stripping. I guess I'm trying to find out what the risks are, and if they outweigh the risks of a medical induction. I appreciate any advice or information you can give. THANKS!
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7/31/05 at 8:41pm