here is my rationale for being tested, based on my experiences as a rn and midwife - if, god forbid, something should happen to your baby and you have to go to the hospital, they will do all sorts of crazy bloodwork and septic work ups if your gbs status is unknown. if you have documentation you're negative, it could save your baby ALOT of unnecessary testing. the same goes for peds...i've seen alot of peds flip out about our mom's not getting tested and want all this bloodwork done on the baby, even in a healthy normal newborn. lots of first time moms don't think about asking their pedi this before they give birth, so they end up being surprised and obviously traumatized. of course, if you have a great pediatrician, half your worries are eliminated! but they are far and few between. so my thoughts on getting tested is, i'd rather do a simple swab than risk having my newborn get stuck for bloodwork. luckily i was neg with my dd, and hope to be this time, although i doubt i'd treat it anyway, unless i developed a fever in labor, etc etc.