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So nowadays the OB's know how to test for the presence of Strep group B and if you test positive then they put you on IV antibiotics in the hospital during labor. My doctor says it's not very common but my mother says it is and that she had it with all three of her children, though only my younger brother was born after they learned how to test for and treat it. I was affected by it, late onset. I got very sick at about 2 weeks old and had to be cared for at the hospital. So, I haven't got the results on my culture back yet but what do I do if I test positive? What would you all do? I plan on having a UC but if there is a real need for the IV antibiotics I suppose I'd go in for it. I really hate needles, especially ones that have to stay in...
 

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Hi! I had grp B strep w/ dd#4. I may have had it with the first three, but was never tested. Anyway, when I went to the hosp to deliver her, they put me on IV antibiotics, but it did no good bc I was already 9 cm dilated, and she was born about an hour and a half later. I wish I had known then that it would do no good bc I would have refused the antiobiotic. They were all very worried, and did a good job of worrying me sick about it. They wanted me to stay in the hosp for days (over Thanksgiving). I called my sister's mw and she told me to get out of that hosp and go home. She said I would know to go back if the baby started having problems (like turning blue). She said the chance of her having the strep was very low bc she had been in the birth canal only a very short time, and my water had not broken until almost delivery. So I went home, had no problems, and eventually recovered emotionally from the hospital experience <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: . I had my first at a birth center, the next 2 at home (WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE), but had the 4th at the hosp bc we now live in a rural area, no homebirth midwives, and were very far from the hosp in case of emergency.<br><br>
Just wanted to share my experience. Hope you can make calm, informed decisions. Good luck!<br><br>
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there is a possibility i was GBS+ with my first DD, however it is nowhere on my medical records (which is a good thing!). i declined testing during my pregnancy, but when we had to forgo the birth center and go straight to the hospital they tested me when testing to see if my water had broken. it wasn't until after the birth that they told me it had come back positive (this part is fuzzy, i was 2hrs post-partum and so freakin' tired!). since neither i or the baby had a fever they did not insist on antibiotics, they recommended a wait and see approach, which i was fine with. neither of us got sick.<br><br>
fast forward to my last pregnancy... i had a homebirth with CPMs. again declined testing for GBS (which i would have had to see an OB to get). i decided for my own piece of mind that i would do a herbal regimine "just in case". so from 34-38wks i took raw garlic, echinacea, astragulus, grapefruit seed extract, and lots of probiotics. from 38wks until a couple weeks after the birth i kept taking the astragulus, probiotics, and a low dose of grapefruit seed extract but not the echinacea (which shouldn't be used long term) or the raw garlic (which can interfere with blood clotting correctly). once again baby and i were fine.<br><br>
there was a very good article about group B strep in an old issue of mothering (issue 121, nov/dec 2004). if you can get your hands on a copy it is definitly worth reading.
 

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I've been going back and forth on this also... I'm not totally *getting* the big to-do about GBS, I mean, i understand it can make baby really sick, but I would imagine that momma being infected with anythign else could also make baby really sick. And if you look at stats, the actual liklihood of baby getting GBS is pretty darn low. I think that any illness that baby could come in contact with would be dangerous, newborns just aren't good at getting over sickness. I have the experience that giving anitbiotics to momma/baby would really just open them up for more sickness. So, baby may not get gbs, but because the antibiotics killed off the good flora, they may be more suseptable to say, pneumonia.<br><br>
That being said, I think I'll do an every other day garlic up the vagina starting at 36 weeks or so. And watch, I'll go to 43 weeks smellin like an Itallian kitchen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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I'm with you 100%! I know at my 7 week appt, they tested my urine for it, and according to my OB's protocol they'll test again vaginally at 36 weeks. If I test positive, I'll tell them I want to try the garlic thing first before they give me antibiotics, thank you very much.
 

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It *is* very common -- urgh, I can't remember the numbers, but it's something like 30% of women are carriers, and 1 in 5000 babies die from it. It just seems absurd to me to give that many women and babies antibiotics when they aren't even sick yet. It is not a small thing to give antibiotics to babies -- it really messes with their systems. So I also would take a "wait-and-see" approach.
 

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I was positive for Group B, and while I don't know very much about unassisted births (I just beginning to look in to options we plan on trying to get preg sometime this year, but haven't started yet). The Hideous Neonatolgist that oversaw my baby says that if a baby is going to get sick from group b it will probably be within the first 48 hours. The Neonatologist never said this, but my own research has told me that the # of babies who get group b from moms who are group b positive is very low. So while you should do a lot more research I would say to go ahead with your palns and then just have seeing a pediatrician very high on your priority list and watch your baby closely until you see a ped.
 

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I'm not beign tested for Beta Strep- I have no idea if I have a high propensity for it or not, this being my first birth. I'll likely try a few remedies starting in the last month of my pregnancy- garlic, other things mentioned above. I also would only be worried about transmission (which already has a low incidence) if my membraines are ruptured for a long time before birth. I have no plans to do cervical checks during labor (which could help move bacteria up the vagina). Baby will present symtoms of infection within a few days of birth. If this is the case, we'll head to the doctor.<br><br>
It really does seem to be an overblown risk though, given the number of moms that actually transmit the infection to the baby. I'd have to wonder if some of those infections could have been prevented by not having cervical checks though.
 

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The routine antibs are really dangerous to babies and I don't see the point of having something if you don't need it. It is common obstetric practice to shoot you full of antibs in labour but it hasn't been shown to improve outcomes. I'm voting with Alegna. That's all I did last time and will do this time.
 

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Anyone know if you can buy a test for it, like the Eldon card (but obviously different than that) that you can do without going to a lab? I wouldn't mind testing myself just to know...
 
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