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post #41 of 52
I tested positive with my DC. I had a fast labor and the abx were not in prior to four hours-in fact-barely any were in at all. DS was just fine.

GBS is scary, but there is no way to determine which babies are at risk and which ones aren't absent known risk factors (<37 weeks, fever, ruptured membranes more than 24 hours). Abx carry their own side effects and potential problems.

I don't think there will ever be a perfect solution-however we are creating an even larger problem by freely handing out abx to most laboring women. If GBS becomes resistant we're in for a much bigger issue given there won't be as much we can do for the very small percentage of babies that do get sick.
post #42 of 52
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If GBS becomes resistant we're in for a much bigger issue given there won't be as much we can do for the very small percentage of babies that do get sick.


A very important point.

-Angela
post #43 of 52
What's so interesting is how we choose to use antbx to bombard and kill off all our healthy flora in addition to the bacteria - and it seems that we're just messing up our system totally!

I am a midwife that doesn't ADVISE antibx. Antibx can create some issues, like thrush or an allergic reaction, in higher incidences than the risk of a healthy full term baby getting GBS infection. If a client of mine wants antibiotics, we can get oral antbx around her due date, but I really advise treating your whole body system - using probiotics and nutrition. It's up to my clients to decide what risks they are comfortable with - not me.

We are headed for some serious, serious issues with all our routine antibx exposure - from labor to postpartum to ear infections with children. It's only been 60 years since antibx have been available - and we've overused them to the point of putting our health and lives at risk.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by Mommyofwills View Post
I feel your attitude! But if you DID have GBS, isn't that critical for baby? Wouldn't it be best to test for it so you can do something about it?
I have been positive and everything turned out fine.
Funny thing is with my first two they didn't even test for it and that was only 14 & 12 years ago. GBS has been around probably forever so it's easy to see how the fear mongering really works. Women are terrified of it now and they didn't even tell us about it 'back then'.

Keri
post #45 of 52
nevermind
post #46 of 52
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Antibiotics should be saved for people who really need them. Solely testing positive for GBS is not a good enough reason.
I agree 100%.
post #47 of 52
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We are headed for some serious, serious issues with all our routine antibx exposure - from labor to postpartum to ear infections with children. It's only been 60 years since antibx have been available - and we've overused them to the point of putting our health and lives at risk.


It's amazing how many mothers I meet who are dealing with severe thrush virtually right from the beginning of breastfeeding. I'm sure it's a variety of complex issues (diet, pumps, etc) but abx are certainly part of the problem. It seems like they're handed out like candy at some practices.
post #48 of 52
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Yes we are creating antibiotic resistant strains of gbs now.
For the record, my labor pains did not start until they put me on pitocin, 12 hours after my water broke.

P.S. Pitocin is evil.
post #49 of 52
I tested positive with my 3rd and did a special herbal suppository that was created to treat the gbs and tested again and it was gone : I thought that was a creat alternative to automatic anitbiotics for labor. I still treated my gbs and was able to get it to go away. This was in a birth center a regular ob probably would not have let me try the herbs or at least would have still treated me as positive evan after the next test was negative.:
post #50 of 52
I tested positive with my first and was on IV at birth center. Fun. (Maybe why I've had HBs ever since??) I didn't know any better.

Since then, I've requested that my midwives culture my vagina and my rectum seperately (since GBS colonizes in intestines as well). This resulted in a negative culture with my second. With my third, I refused all testing since my births tend to be less than 4 hrs anyway, what's the point? I also did more research and realized exactly what Angela said...I was showing no symptoms/risk factors.

I don't buy the hype. Yes it's something that exists. Yes it's something that can have a bad outcome. There are things you can do. There are options, but no guarantees no matter what you do, how or where you birth. Given that, I'd rather err on the side of caution and stay out of hospitals and keep antibiotics OUT of my new baby's body.
post #51 of 52
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I tested positive with my 3rd and did a special herbal suppository that was created to treat the gbs and tested again and it was gone : I thought that was a creat alternative to automatic anitbiotics for labor. I still treated my gbs and was able to get it to go away. This was in a birth center a regular ob probably would not have let me try the herbs or at least would have still treated me as positive evan after the next test was negative.:
That gives me hope
post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post


I'm sorry your experience was bad.

This is why I:

1. won't test for GBS
2. won't birth in a hospital short of an emergency
and
3. would refuse antibiotics in labor without serious risk factors.

-Angela
I take lots of probiotics during pregnancy.

I also have no risk factors , my water has always broken in labor, I dont have preterm labors and I have had GBS in the past (that we know of, never been tested)
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