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I'm GBS positive-didn't seem to be a big deal to my MW. She said I could still labor at home and get to the hospital late, as long as my water doesn't break.<br><br>
If my water breaks and I don't go into labor they will have to induce me. If I refuse this, would I hurt the baby?
 

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The most important thing to do if your water breaks is avoid all vaginal exams. SROM before labor has a fairly low occurence and you are likely to begin labor very soon after if it does happen. I had SROM with both prior pregnancies...took cohoshes with dd (I don't know that I *needed* to, but the midwife suggested it and I did it) and she was born within 16 hours. DS was born in 7.<br><br>
I don't think it would be at all harmful to wait for labor after your water breaks. Personally, I would do hibeclens washes regularly after my water broke if I were GBS+, but that's probably all I would do.<br><br>
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i see in your siggy you're 36 weeks -<br>
when i had my GBS test, my midwife mentioned that she prescribes a vaginal cream if it's positive & retests....<br><br>
maybe you can look into this & then you'll be in the clear by the time you deliver?
 

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Here's a fun resource with more info and links to studies that you might want lol: <a href="http://gentlebirth.org/archives/gbs.html" target="_blank">http://gentlebirth.org/archives/gbs.html</a><br><br>
IMO, it's a bigger risk to me and the baby to induce than to watch the baby for possible signs of infection after birth. There's a rapid screen gbs test to ses if baby even picks it up. There's also evidence that moms with GBS also have antibodies in their blood fighting it which are passed to the baby making them more resistant.<br><br>
I would use the various protocols to rid myself of GBS and retest. Just because you have it today doesn't mean you'll have it tomorrow.
 

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how long is the window here? are you allowed to labor at home at all, or do you need to come in pretty much immediately if your water breaks?
 

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Avoid ALL internal exams-period. Except for obvious emergencies like a prolapsed cord. Can you ask about doing hibiclens instead? And read this:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=801093" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=801093</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm GBS positive-didn't seem to be a big deal to my MW. She said I could still labor at home and get to the hospital late, as long as my water doesn't break.<br><br>
If my water breaks and I don't go into labor they will have to induce me. If I refuse this, would I hurt the baby?</div>
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I know that my HCP's policy is to induce if you don't go into labor within 24 hours. However, they said plenty of women refuse this, and if so, they like to do a blood test and white blood cell count to check for infection. Infection is really the biggest concern w/water breaking, I do believe, so talk to your MW about how you can be on top of that, and what makes you feel comfortable - whether it is monitoring your temp or having blood taken or anything else. I think seeing about trying to clear it up and keep it clear, and having a retest to check if it IS cleared up, would be good as well. What does your MW think about hibiclens?
 

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I'm going to try hibiclens. The good thing about my MW practice is that they are cool about refusing procedures. MY MW even said<br><br>
"we have to tell you that we need to induce labor if your water breaks however you get to say no if you really don't want this."<br><br>
She didn't mention hibiclens though.<br><br>
I also don't have to be attached to an IV like I thought I would. They do a lock thing-and just give you antibiotics for 20 minutes every 4 hours. So I won't be attached to anything. But my MW didn't seem to be too concerned about giving me the full round of antibiotics either-she is fine with my plan to stay home until I am in transition.<br><br>
I'm also worried about risk to the baby-I don't want to give him an infection.<br><br>
Is hibiclens something I can purchase at Whole Foods?
 

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You can get hibiclens at CVS or Walgreens or wherever by the first aid/band-aids and such. It kinda looks like betadine and comes in different brands...
 
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