does that make any sense? the default mode of birth/pregnancy throughout the existence of humanity does NOT include a GBS test. therefore, from a primal, anthropological, KISS kind of attitude, there is no way i would go trying to complicate my life in this manner.
same for PKUs, etc.
- you can test negative, but become positive by the time you go into labour, and vice versa
- you can be positive at the time of birth, but that does not necessarily mean the baby will get sick
Due to the first point, where the results of the culture test may not necessarily hold true at the time of delivery, I did not want to take the chance of having a lot of interventions done. Also, I don't remember if this is accurate, but I believe I was told that if I tested positive then my midwives would no longer feel comfortable with me birthing at home and they would transfer my care. So I chose to forego the test and everything turned out fine.
Instead, I have opted to take probiotics in effort to have a negative when our child is born (but really, I wont know for sure, since I'm not going to be tested).
When I was using midwives (I am not now), they said they didn't really care either way. The choice was up to me, whether I wanted to be tested or not, and if I was positive, whether I wanted the IV or not.
Christian Texan Mama to Merika (5/2005), Nolyn (1/2007), Keagan (UC baby 9/2007), Four miscarried lovelies, and sweet Evangeline Rose who arrived 9/7/2010 (home/water birth). Expecting our fifth blessing March 2012! Viva la Vegan Pregnancy, my friends!
Here is some info on GBS testing etc.
I will not be getting tested as I see it as another factor to cause stress and worry. If I do have it I would not go to the hospital for antibiotics anyway (I would look to natural sources) and it is rarely transferred to the child.
Check out the work of Dr. Klenner. Just google it, some fascinating information.
This is my 6th baby, 3rd homebirth. In the hospital for my first three, they just assumed I was GBS+ and administered antibiotics. With my last baby I tested positive. Then I drank lots of cranberry juice with vitamin c and took a vitamin c tab each day. I tested again before delivery, and I was negative.