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Group B Strep positive and natural childbirth?

  1. Mrs. Chocolate

    blogger / nectarine / 2600 posts

    I tested positive with my son and had a natural birth in the hospital

  2. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9229 posts

    @Mrs. Chocolate: Did the antibiotics affect that in any way?

  3. Mrs. Chocolate

    blogger / nectarine / 2600 posts

    @LindsayInNY: No but I had to stay at the hospital. I went in because I had a little spotting and had an appointment with my Dr that day and when I called she was doing a C-section so they said to just go early and meet her there and do my appointment right after (my Dr's office was attached to the hospital all which was within walking distance of my home at the time) I went in and apparently was already 3 cm dilated and having contractions but I never felt anything (I had a weird labor with my son which I did blog about if you care to even look back and read) but since I tested positive and my water hadnt broken yet they admitted me and I could leave. I checked in around 10 AM and he wasnt born til 420 AM the next day and a lot of my labor was painless which is why I was able to do natural I think but it just sucked having to stay at the hospital all day hooked up to the IV without food or being able to rest. I wish I could have labored more at home especially since my water never broke naturally but I wouldnt have known that then either so I guess better safe than sorry, It just sucked to be stuck in the unit for so long.

  4. IRunForFun

    pomelo / 5509 posts

    @sarac: Wow! I mean I understand the research saying that exposure to antibiotics in infancy can upset the balance of bacteria in the GI tract, and therefore shouldn't be over-prescribed for things like, say, ear infections, but I guess I am just surprised that the risks of something as serious as GBS wouldn't hold more weight than the risks of the antibiotics. I've had clients who have talked to their midwives about falsely testing negative for GBS (intentionally) by doing things like a hibiclens wash right before the swab, and they've been warned against it and told to just take probiotics to hopefully minimize any effects of the antibiotics and then to give probiotic drops to baby.

    GBS in a baby is just so scary to me.

  5. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9229 posts

    @Mrs. Chocolate: Apparently the antibiotic I'll be getting is every 12 hours. So that's a plus, I guess. Downside is that it's a one hour course which will probably suck in the peak of labor. I'm gonna look for your birth story now!

  6. PawPrints

    pomegranate / 3658 posts

    I had a med free birth (other then the antibiotics) after testing GBS positive. I'm so so glad I tested positive because I was all set for a long labor at home before going in, but turns out my water broke and I gave birth two hours later. If it hasn't been for the GBS diagnosis I would have stayed home and probably given birth in the car or something.

    Obviously there wasn't enough time between the antibiotics and the birth so we had to stay 48 hours for observation. Fortunately LO was fine.


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