I plan on refusing my GBS test at my next appointment (34 weeks, w/ hosp. midwife). Does anyone know a good way to go about it?
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8/29/06 at 1:10am
Originally Posted by StacyAnn
Just curious, why do people decline the GBS test? I am supposed to have mine in about a week and a half, but my midwife just made it sound like it was standard and didn't really discuss the pros/cons of the test.
Originally Posted by frontierpsych
Thanks, I'm UC'ing, so I know the antibiotics won't be a problem (I think you can refuse them in the hospital even if you are GBS+, the chances of your child getting it is 1 in 200 or so). I'm just wondering if anyone had a doc who was confrontational about it.
Originally Posted by gen_here
GBS is something that all women will test positive for at some point in their life - pregnant or not... and just because you test positive at 30 weeks doesn't mean you'll test positive on birth-day.
The chance of the baby actually getting sick from GBS is VERY SMALL, and the baby has plenty of time to be showing symptoms after birth. Treating the mom with abx during labor won't necessarily prevent the baby from getting sick (if it would have), but instead can cause other problems (like antibiotic resistance in the baby... or thrush in mom and baby - which is NOT a fun way to start a new nursing relationship).