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We are getting ready to have our first baby in July, and will be delivering at Meriter Hospital with the UW Midwives. We are planning an all natural, intervention free birth. Accordingly, we are planning to decline the StrepB test because I don't want to be put on IV antibiotics during labor. Does anyone in the area have a recommendation for a pedi or family doc who does rounds to the hospital, and who could discharge us after the birth? I've heard that the staff pedi's at Meriter are very conventional and will refuse to discharge a baby if the mother has not been tested for Strep B.<br><br>
Also, if you have any comments, info. on the Strep B test, please share!
 

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Really?!<br><br>
Frankly, I don't get the whole "refuse to discharge" thing. It really, really irritates me.<br><br>
I had the midwives at Meriter. They offered me the test and I agreed. Didn't know much about it at the time. I plan to skip it the next time.<br><br>
You could always try calling the hospital and talking to the head nurse (can't remember the official name for this position).<br><br>
If you want a ped, you could try calling Katie Kelley at University Station clinic. She was pretty laid-back and hands-off. Our new insurance doesn't cover her so we had to switch, but she was pretty good. We see the family practice docs at the Wingra clinic now. I don't know how they feel about GBS.<br><br>
If you're taking the childbirth class at Meriter you could also talk to the instructors and see what they know about springing your baby out of jail. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I'm also due this July. My urine was tested at my first prenatal. Without my knowledge. Anyways, it came back positive and they told me they recommend the antibiotics during labor. This will be my fourth hospital birth, I've also had two homebirths. You need to know the antibiotics in labor is recommended, NOT mandatory! I will most likely will be refusing the antibiotics. The last two births I showed up at the hospital just in time to push them out. No time for the routine antibiotics anyways. I asked how the hospital will treat the baby because of this. No big deal, from what I understand. They won't give it any sort of test, ect, they'll just observe for any symptoms. Good luck...knowledge is power!!
 
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