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#1 of 5 Old 07-18-2008, 11:29 AM - Thread Starter
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Im sure that we have gone over this a dozen times...but somewhere in my madness of collecting information...I forgot what info I got from where. I need some 'guidance' if you will on the GBS+ thing.

So, my culture came back 'light' and ob said that opting out of the antibiotics for me would be fine. I am also allergic to penicilin and have never had IV antibiotics before because of that I knew even before I got the results back that I was going to opt out of the antibiotics.

My issue comes with the baby. The hospital requires that all babies who are born to GBS+ mothers have their blood cultured and be treated with antibiotics. I don't want this AT ALL...and frankly Im a bit nervous about passing the allergy onto my child as both of my parents are also allergic to penicilin. Now I know that there is such a slight risk for t he baby to actually get group b strep and from what i understand she could get it from anywhere in the first few months of her life...people who don't wash their hands, etc.

I have currently decided to opt out of all injections/blood work and screenings on the babe until I decide that its appropriate....but you know how it is being a first time mom, you don't want to make a bad decision and lose your I guess Im asking what all of you experienced moms would do in my case?? Should I just have her blood cultured to see if she's positive and opt out of antibiotic treatment at all until I know for sure whether or not she's + or - or should I just refuse everything all together and monitor her for symptoms at home??

ugh...i don't know I waited until the last moment to think of all of this...

perhaps it was the nurse who took us on the tour of the ob ward...ohmuhgod did that woman put the fear of god into me...

DH is not leaving the infant's side...that's all I can say....
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#2 of 5 Old 07-18-2008, 12:36 PM
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I'm not going to be much help here but I wanted to share that I am also allergic to penicillin as well as a couple of other antibiotics and neither of my older kids are (don't know about the new baby yet). I think you just have to come to a decision between you and your dh and stick by it. And just so you know, even a third time mom can still agonize over those decisions and feel pressured, you aren't alone. The medical world has a knack for getting their's called guilt.
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Also remember that you could have a different nurse that would explain things better and make you feel more comfortable w/ the decision you make. I would discuss it, and yep even w/ your 3rd you still aren't sure!
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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!)
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There is absolutely no scientific peer-reviewed evidence that treating Strep B+ mom's with antibiotics prevents transmission to babies, as for testing babies, I know nothing.

Julia, mama to Bumpa 2008, and The Mole 2011

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