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May 2nd, 2013, 02:49 PM
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I had a gut feeling that this would be the case but I was hoping I was just nervous.

I really want a natural birth and I really didn't want to be hooked up to an IV. I am gonna ask at my next appt if I can just have a HepLock so they can push the antibiotics and then remove me from the IV.

Anyone had a natural birth that was positive?
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May 2nd, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Reading around on the internet, it sounds totally doable. One tip seems to be laboring at home as long as possible (and don't take a bath if your water breaks). Also, you should be able to get a heplock.
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May 2nd, 2013, 03:10 PM
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I'm concerned about laboring at home as long as possible now that I am positive because that will lessen the time for them to give me the antibiotics. Earlier in my pregnancy, my midwife had told me that if my water does break on its own, we will need to come to the hospital as soon as possible if I was positive.

Oh well, worrying is not going to do me any good. We will just have to wait and see what happens. Until then, I'm just going to research this a lot!

I am also going to refuse any additional cervical checks and stripping the membranes because that has been shown in some cases to transfer the gbs to the baby.
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May 2nd, 2013, 03:18 PM
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We I'm sorry

I was so afraid of being positive that I literally dreaded the test all month.

At that point I was more afraid of the IV then the actual labor.
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May 2nd, 2013, 03:22 PM
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A natural birth is still totally doable. I have always been positive every time and I even had one home birth. I think they can do a heplock. Ask your doctor about that; I think I had that at least once.
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May 2nd, 2013, 03:25 PM
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A natural birth is still totally doable. I have always been positive every time and I even had one home birth. I think they can do a heplock. Ask your doctor about that; I think I had that at least once.
Should I be concerned about not getting to the hospital in time. I'm a FTM and I know it is different for everyone but if my water doesn't break first, I am worried I will labor too long at home and miss out on the antibiotics.
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May 2nd, 2013, 04:08 PM
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I'm not totally sure, but I think they say you need four hours in order to get the full dose. It's really a personal choice, but I would be happy to "not get there in time" and avoid an IV. Even if you are positive, your baby only has a 0.5% chance of contracting GBS from you. The odds are small.

If you are worried about it, just go once you know you are in labor. There is no way of knowing how long your labor will be, but generally for a FTM, you should have plenty of time for the antibiotics. And if you have a short labor, there's nothing you can do about it anyway.
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May 2nd, 2013, 05:10 PM
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I was gbs positive and had the iv and since I had to be induced I got pitocin and only a quarter of the antibiotics before my water broke and he was born somwthing like 10 minutes after. No epi
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May 2nd, 2013, 06:00 PM
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I tested positive this time, but I am going to refuse the antibiotics. Absolutely no IV-- had to do that with dd b/c of the pitocin and the epi and it is the part that I hate the most about chidbirth. But this is not the only reason, the antibiotics they give you DO kill the gbs bacteria but research has shown (been reading more about it for the last week) that it causes e coli among newborns. Haven't talked to my midwife about my decision though (we meet tomorrow) and I am not sure if I will be FORCED or not. Will wait and see.
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May 2nd, 2013, 06:53 PM
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^^ I refused treatment last time too and it was no problem. They just monitored baby more closely (had to take his temp every x number of hours) and he was fine.

You could also take probiotics in pill form until delivery. I'm pretty sure that's the reason I tested negative this time.
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May 2nd, 2013, 08:47 PM
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You can also, besides doing the probiotics, request being retested again closer to your due date. Your GBS status can change.
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May 3rd, 2013, 05:11 AM
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I was in your boat last pregnancy. I was so scared of laboring at home or my water breaking because I was GBS +. I ended up not progressing on my own at all so I got induced and needed an iv anyway so it worked out. But it wasnt really worth all the worrying I did. My Ob said in all his years he's never seen a baby get sick from a mother with GBS.
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