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Just wondering if anyone is planning to decline this test.
 

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I won't take the test. I was neg (thank God!) during my first pg, and pos during my second. My second was a homebirth with a midwife (CPM) and she recommended a protocol that I was comfortable with, so I used that. Didn't test with ds2 (underground lay midwife--no real way to test) so I just assumed a positive and did the same protocol. I'll do that again this time, and I am very comfortable with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If I could guarantee a negative test, it would be nice to have in case of transfer (so thatI won't have to have abx and baby won't be poked and prodded unneccessarily) but honestly, in the case of a transfer, that's likely going to be one of the least of my worries, yk?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I won't take the test. I was neg (thank God!) during my first pg, and pos during my second. My second was a homebirth with a midwife (CPM) and she recommended a protocol that I was comfortable with, so I used that. Didn't test with ds2 (underground lay midwife--no real way to test) so I just assumed a positive and did the same protocol. I'll do that again this time, and I am very comfortable with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If I could guarantee a negative test, it would be nice to have in case of transfer (so thatI won't have to have abx and baby won't be poked and prodded unneccessarily) but honestly, in the case of a transfer, that's likely going to be one of the least of my worries, yk?</div>
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Care to share the protocol?
 

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I'm taking it. I know there is only a small risk to the baby, even if you are +, but a girlfriend of mine had a baby in that minority and it was awful. Also, I don't see how anything bad could come of it since I would still be able to have a homebirth, even if I were +.
 

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Sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I know there are tons of things that have been suggested as ways to beat the tests, etc. Since I'm not really trying to beat the test--just take reasonable measures to prevent infection to the baby--this protocol is fairly simple. I normally take probiotics anyway, but starting at about 36 weeks (since I tend to go early, at about 38 weeks) I will increase my probiotics and possibly introduce other immune boosters, such as Vitamin C, elderberry, etc...considering that I'm due in Dec. and don't want to be postpartum with a cold, I will probably do all those things anyway!<br><br>
As soon as labor starts, I will begin taking goldenseal capsules. I can't remember the exact dosage I used last time, but I took some every 2 hours. Also, every 2 hours, I did a Hibiclens wash--one oz of hibiclens in an 8oz peribottle, filled up with warm water (and a couple drops of tea trea oil for good measure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and squirted gently into the opening of the vagina (hold back labia, but don't insert the bottle tip or anything...just a very gentle wash). Also gently wash the perineum and anus, but take care not to contaminate the bottle by touching the anus.<br><br>
There was a study done (somewhere in Europe, of course! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) showing the effectiveness of this protocol to be equal to the abx protocol, but I'll have to ask the midwife for that resource. She printed it out for me, but that was four years ago...some fancy google work would probably turn it up, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Also, every 2 hours, I did a Hibiclens wash--</div>
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Where do you get this?<br>
My midwife said she probably would recommend me not taking it due to my history (I have a HUGE history of AWFUL yeast and thrush for 14 months of nursing so I do NOT want antibiotics) but I am worried about hospital transfer. A neg test would be nice to have for that. I was tranferred with my first so that's in the back of my mind.
 

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OTC at any basic drugstore--CVS, Walgreens, etc. It's kept near the rubbing alcohol, peroxide, that sort of stuff. It's not expensive...maybe $7 for a 12 oz bottle?<br><br>
Just ask the pharmacist where it is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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SheBear - Thanks. At this point I am struggling weather I want to go for a neg. test just to have that in my hand basically or skip it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can someone briefly explain what the GBS test is?</div>
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they take a quick swab of your vagina and sometimes also the anus to see if you are "colonized" with a specific bacteria called Group B Strep.<br><br>
If the test is positive, there is a small chance that your baby could become infected with it if you have a vaginal delivery without taking the appropriate precautions, and it is extremely serious if this happens (although like I said, the transfer rate is small. It is higher in preemies and babies with other health problems.)<br><br>
If you are "colonized" (most women are not) your practitioner will likely want to give you IV antibiotics when you go into labor, and every three hours until your baby is born. At least that is what my midwife does.
 

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My midwives are totally comfortable not treating or doing anything for a positive GBS test, so I figure I'll take it. If it comes back positive, we know to watch the baby extra-carefully and we'll have that information to share with our pediatrician if the baby gets ill.<br><br>
On the other hand, if they insisted on antibiotics or some other protocol if I got a positive test we'd probably decline it. I'm really, really wary of antibiotics getting in the way of breastfeeding and think that's a bigger risk than a GBS infection.
 

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This is the only test I'm doing, only for if I have to be transfered I would be treated positive no matter what if I didn't test. I would not want to be treated if I'm negative. If I am positive I'll treat myself with homeopathics and herbs recommended by my midwife.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is the only test I'm doing, only for if I have to be transfered I would be treated positive no matter what if I didn't test. I would not want to be treated if I'm negative. If I am positive I'll treat myself with homeopathics and herbs recommended by my midwife.</div>
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i didn't test last time, but this time i will in case of transfer. i'll be doing everything possible to make sure that i test negative though!
 

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I'm not testing either. I'm having a UP, which I also had for my last baby. With my first, I had an OB, and I declined the test then also.
 

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This is interesting. I haven't even heard of this test before. My midwife didn't mention it, but maybe I'm not far enough along yet? I was a "carrier" of Strep as a kid, whatever that meant, but I haven't had a strep culture in years, although I vaguely recall having one a few years ago that was negative, but I can't be sure if I'm remembering correctly. Does it make a difference if I was a carrier as a kid? Does that increase the likelihood of having a Strep B infection?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is interesting. I haven't even heard of this test before. My midwife didn't mention it, but maybe I'm not far enough along yet? I was a "carrier" of Strep as a kid, whatever that meant, but I haven't had a strep culture in years, although I vaguely recall having one a few years ago that was negative, but I can't be sure if I'm remembering correctly. Does it make a difference if I was a carrier as a kid? Does that increase the likelihood of having a Strep B infection?</div>
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I don't think that would affect your GBS status. I think most people carry GBS at some points in their lives, so many women test negative one pregnancy and positive the next and negative the next and so-on. As far as your midwife not mentioning it, they usually test very close to birth (like 35-37 weeks) to get the most accurate results.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think that would affect your GBS status. I think most people carry GBS at some points in their lives, so many women test negative one pregnancy and positive the next and negative the next and so-on. As far as your midwife not mentioning it, they usually test very close to birth (like 35-37 weeks) to get the most accurate results.</div>
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Thank you! This is good to know. I feel sort of dumb for not even knowing about this, so thank you for answering my question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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