wow. you never know what you might find on the internet. here is what the "medical establishment" says about gbs:
you need antibiotics IF:
if you had a baby with ACTIVE gbs disease (not just a + culture) in a previous pregnancy, if you have a + gbs culture with THIS pregnancy, or if you did not have a culture and have any of the following: intrapartum fever (more than 100.4), preterm labor (less than 37 weeks), or prolonged rupture of membranes (more than 18 hours).
if you are allergic to penicillin, erythromycin or clindamycin is an alternative. if you are having a c-section, you don't need antibiotics for gbs.
in my professional opinion, refusing a gbs culture is a very BAD idea. gbs infection in your baby can lead to what's called neonatal sepsis, which boils down to lots of bacteria in your baby's blood.
in 1990, the CDC started taking stats on gbs. before antibiotics, about 2 babies out of 1000 (0.18%). IF the baby was infected , 6% of them died. in 2004, about 3 babies out of 10,000 (0.031%) were infected. antibiotics were the reason for that drop. IF your baby gets gbs, the result is still about the same. 4-6% of the time they will die. that rate is higher if you are african-american or you deliver preterm (23%).
that's a lot of numbers to process, so i'll translate. gbs infection in an infant is very dangerous. it doesn't happen very often, but when it does it's UGLY. if your baby gets infected with gbs, he or she will most certainly get antibiotics in the nicu (once born, you lose the right to refuse life-saving treatment for your baby).
your baby will most likely survive, but the nicu is expensive. you will be looking at thousands of dollars, and possibly hundreds of thousands. if you refused antibiotics while pregnant, your insurance company will most likely deny your claim.
before you trust advice from anyone on this forum, your friends, your midwife, or even your mother, make sure they back that advice up with what's called "double blind placebo" studies. they are the standard of any scientific study. here are my sources:http://www.utdol.com/utd/content/abs...11168&refNum=8http://www.utdol.com/utd/content/abs...11168&refNum=4