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Old 02-12-2004, 01:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

A friend of mine reccomended this group and I wanted to check things out. I am 22 weeks with our second child. We used the Bradley method with our first.

I had to change Drs recently and I am now in search of information about the Group B Strep test. I don't think I had the test done the last time and I want to make an informed decsion this time.

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Welcome to the boards.

Moving this to I'm Pregnant...
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You could start with the information here:
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gbs.html

http://mothering.com/discussions/sea...der=descending
http://mothering.com/discussions/sea...der=descending

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Thank you, I've been searching the site for information. I want to make an informed decsion. One of the reasons I chose to have my children naturally is because I can't stand needles, ivs and such.

I even read an article that references a study that was done where they used external antibiotics more or less sprayed on before the baby is born.

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Hey, no problem.

Good luck with your research.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  ~Albert Einstein
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The issue before last of Mothering has a fabulous article on GBS testing!!
I myself am against GBS testing, since testing has not proved to save that many more babies. Instead, the high use of antibiotics on all these mamas have caused a higher outbreak of things like e coli in newborns b/c of antibiotic resistance. Their intentions are good, but I'm afraid of the long-term outcomes with massive testing and dosing to those who test positive.
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Perhaps if you could get the culture done so you know whether you are carrying or not, but still retain the right to refuse the antibiotics, you would be able to watch the baby carefully and have a sort of heads-up if the baby seems to get sick later? It seems like something that would be good to know, but maybe more trouble than it's worth, if you are then expected to give antibiotics to your newborn. Seems strange, doesn't it, with all the official information about probiotics being good for babies to prevent allergies?

I didn't know about it last time, and am not planning to do it this time. I will figure out what an infection looks like in a baby, just in case...
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