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For me it would depend on a few things. By 'blood culture' do they mean a full septic workup, or something like just taking one blood sample? I'd personally be inclined towards accepting a simple blood draw, but nothing more. If I was in the hospital, anyway.
How much time do you have before you're due? If I had ended up testing positive for GBS, I'd look into some ways to kill the bacteria (probiotics, garlic, Hibiclens, immune-boosting supplements) and then re-tested.
It's also possible your membranes won't rupture until well into labor- Rowan's didn't until his head was being born, which would make the risk of transmission almost nonexistent.
It's tricky. Most countries (including those with much better infant mortality rates than the US) don't test for this at all, and the evidence seems to suggest that screening and treating for it may save a few babes from GBS but cause us to lose more from other (now drug resistant) infections. But emotionally, it's a tough decision. (and the first of many...they get easier as time goes on, though!)