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<p>had my 34 week appt today and was wondering if I should do it on my 37 week appt. I wasn't going to do it, but in case of a transfer, I don't want to be put on IV and anti-biotics automatically because I skipped one test. What are you thoughts?</p>
 

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<p>Its up to you.  Some places will automatically treat you like you tested positive if you didn't get the test.  If you test negative though then its one less thing to worry about.  Its not extremely accurate though because you can develop GBS after you've already tested negative but they give it on the earlier side 'just in case' you go into labor a few weeks before your due date.</p>
 

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<p>I made a thread about this same topic last week if you wanna scoll down to find it. Here is the thing, you don't have to be given an IV and antibiotics if you DON'T consent to it. So if you've done your homework, don't want to do the test, end up transporting and the hospital protocal is to treat any unknown GBS results as if they were positive, which is the standard, then you can sign a waiver to refuse .Not really a big deal. Be aware some hospitals also have lab draws they may want to collect from the baby, so be prepared to refuse those as well, or not.....</p>
 

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<p>well why not do it? I went throught he same thing and decided at the end to do it, for one less thing to fight if i do transfer to hospital. It was literally a 2 sec swipe really no big deal and if i do have it I can treat naturally and it would be good to know... so why not? My insurance is paying for it though, if it is expensive that might be a drawback but other than t hat its not invasive at all</p>
 

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<p>I would do it also.</p>
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<p>I tested + with my oldest and got the antibiotics and it wasn't bad at all.  That midwife did have a baby die a few weeks later due to GBS syndrome despite the fact that the mother tested negative at her test, so I admit the test is far from perfect. </p>
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<p>With my second my midwife didn't offer the test so when I transferred to the hospital at the last minute GBS status unknown and without time to get antibiotics the ped. required 48 hour monitoring and a blood test. It wasn't terrible because she was able to be monitored in my room but I felt badly about her having to have a blood test at such a young age. </p>
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<p> I just did the GBS test at my last appointment, and luckily it came back negative, as it did in my last pregnancy. I know that that doesn't mean much, as it could change but I decided to do it, because in case of transfer they would treat no test as a positive.  And my midwives protocol would just have been to use a hibiclens wash, and I was comfortable with that. So while it may not have bee necessary, I didn't see many drawbacks to doing the testing.</p>
 

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<p>My mw just asked me last night if I wanted it done at my next (37wk) appointment.  Since she promised to re-test if it comes back positive, I've decided to do it.  If I'm negative, I don't have to worry about anyone trying to push protocol for an unknown.  If I come back positive, I can work with that and decide what I want to do.  As it stands, I got a big "wink-wink" vibe from her on the matter of labor being too fast to get abx hooked up, anyway, iykwim.</p>
 

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<p>I would do it in your situation. Even if you would refuse the antibiotics in case of transfer anyway, in the likely event that you test negative, it will be one less thing to battle about upon arrival. (I am doing it myself because after researching it I actually think it is a useful test with very few drawbacks...so I am not coming from an ultra-crunchy perspective on this.)</p>
 

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<p>I'm going to get the test this time but depending on the situation would probably either treat GBS at home or refuse the abx.  It would be nice to know regardless.  I also admit the test isn't perfect.  There was a lady in my midwife's practice who's baby developed gbs sickness a few days after birth.  The mom was tested right then and was negative, also the waters didn't break until the moment of birth.  I didn't have the test last time, was a homebirth transfer, and so dd had to get blood drawn to avoid possibility of a spinal tap.  </p>
 

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<p>I chose to get tested. Then if I'm negative it's a non-issue, and if I am positive I have chosen to have antibiotics only with additional risk factors (fever, prelabour membrane rupture, etc).  I felt that not being tested just left too much up in the air. I would rather have the information and be able to make an informed decision. You can still refuse the antibiotics from the doctor. They won't like it, but they can't force you have them.</p>
 

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<p>I'm doing it, but I won't like it. I feel like it's an important test to do but I HATE how it has to be done. I seriously dread it more than any other part of pregnancy or birth. I would rather get three glucose tests.</p>
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<p>I'm not trying to freak anyone out, it's not painful or anything, I just can't stand the idea of someone swabbing that particular area. It really squicks me out.</p>
 

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<p> Don't know if this is an option for you, but I just did the GBS testing, and my midwives had me just swipe myself. She told me how to do it and what areas to swipe the q tip with, and I went in the bathroom and did it myself. There was no undressing or lying down or examination by them or anything. Actually, I have never undressed in front of them this entire pregnancy as we have not done any cervical checks or pelvic exams whatsoever. I am comfortable enough to do that if we wanted to, but it has been nice not to have to undress and lie on one of those exam tables with stirrups.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nova22</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279857/gbs-test-or-not#post_16054153"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm doing it, but I won't like it. I feel like it's an important test to do but I HATE how it has to be done. I seriously dread it more than any other part of pregnancy or birth. I would rather get three glucose tests.</p>
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<p>I'm not trying to freak anyone out, it's not painful or anything, I just can't stand the idea of someone swabbing that particular area. It really squicks me out.</p>
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 I did my own swab as well, in the bathroom at my midwife's office...</p>
 

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<p>My MW mentioned that I could do that, and if I can reach :) I will.</p>
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<p>It still bothers me a lot, though. Maybe I really am as anal-retentive as my husband claims.</p>
 

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<p>thanks Everyone. You ladies are awesome. It is definitely a minor test to do and I should chose other battles to do especially if I am tested negative and in case there is a need for transfer. I do not like to idea of having my baby's blood drawn at such an early age.</p>
 
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