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I'm so bummed. I really, really thought I'd come up negative this time. I was completely OD'ing on these fancy schmancy probiotics for the last four months. And my midwife (who thinks the overseeing hospital's policy on Group B is ridiculous) even confessed that she tested me very "lightly" and I still came back positive.<br><br>
The only way I'll get to go home with my babe right after delivery (as is the birth center's usual protocol) is if I get the full round of antibiotics in me before delivery. But with the speed of my labors (both so far have been four hours from start to finish), it's highly unlikely that will happen. So an automatic transfer after delivery from the birth center to the hospital for 24 hours. Crap crap crap. I hate hospitals.
 

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What a yucky policy.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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That really stinks. I hate hospitals too! With my hospital birth, though, I didn't mind just laying in bed with my baby because I was so tired. It didn't really matter much where I was since we were together. I hope it's a quick stay or you get that full round of abx's at the birth center.
 

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Can you get retested?<br><br>
Can you see the results--my results from my culture in 2001 said "lightly colonized"...would it make a difference the <i>degree</i> with which you are colonized? (Because if you read studies about GBS they discuss levels of colonization of the mother.)<br><br>
Can you show up so late in labor they cannot do abx?<br><br>
on a positive note: does this mean your care provider will forgo vaginal exams? (vaginal exams in GBS+ patients should be limited or not done at all.)<br><br>
So sorry to hear your news. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> That is a bummer.
 

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Thanks for your replies!<br>
Yes, my midwife said today that she'd prefer not to do any more cervical checks (I had one last week that showed me still closed and long), which is a bit of a bummer to me actually since both of my last babes were born early and I'd like the reassurance (or warning!) of knowing where I am, cervically speaking. (If it wasn't for my PTL history, she generally doesn't do any cervical checks until labor.)<br><br>
Yes, I suppose I could forgo the antibiotics all together, but I'm sure that means an automatic hospital stay too. But maybe, since I'm likely to end up overnight in the hospital either way, it'd be best to avoid dosing me up on the abx.<br><br>
I'll have to ask her about whether they reported the degree of colonization... (though I'm thinking I must be fairly well colonized to have shown up positive with such a "light" testing -- she barely swabbed my vagina and didn't touch my rectum...)
 
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