Where do you buy it? Is there a certain kind? How do you use it?
I am planning my 3rd home birth, but if you have no GBS test on file it's an automatic 48 hour stay for baby in the event of a transfer.
While I have no intentions of a transfer, if I did have one I definitely want out asap. I just want a neg test.
There's not really a protocol for doing a Hibiclens douche before the GBS test.
You can find more info about GBS testing and infection here:
I highly recommend the second article.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
1 part solution in 15 to 20 parts water. You can get GBS back between now and birth so if your waters break very early in labor or baby comes preterm you might still want the abx.
I was positive for GBS with my first pregnancy, and I ended up on IV antibiotics during the laboring process.
My second was born at home over 4 years later, but I saw an OB for most of my pregnancy instead of a midwife. I had a GBS test at the normal time, but it was negative. I had been using home remedies like garlic and tea tree oil topically, because I tended to have yeast issues while pregnant anyway, and the tea tree oil was really good for that. I didn't insert anything nor douche, just did topical treatments. I noticed that when I ate refined sugar, I tended to get the yeast issues, so I made sure to watch that, and with the topical treatment, my yeast issues went away long before I took the GBS test, which was negative. I gather that GBS colonization in early pregnancy can mimic yeast infection symptoms, so either way, I felt that treating it at home was better than just letting it go unchecked, even if it was just a yeast issue.
In any event, this site mentions alternative treatments for GBS colonization: http://holisticsquid.com/alternative-treatment-for-gbs/
After I was positive in my last pregnancy, this is the procedure rec'd by my home birth midwife. http://mountainviewmidwives.com/group_b_strep.html I followed it and knocked out the infection and retested negative. I'm sorry but I don't link to the very good European research about the effectiveness of this approach. My water breaks before I go into labor usually at least 12h and then I have a very short labor and thus I wanted the infection gone, not just a good test. I had oral antibiotics on hand as well.
I picked up hibclens at a regular drugstore.
Well, I felt that was what I was advocating with my approach, not just a negative test, but I will admit that I don't really understand all the issues. I was doing treatment because I felt I needed it, and I don't know if it helped with GBS or not, I just know that I tested negatively in my second pregnancy, so I assumed that meant I wasn't having the same issues.