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June 17th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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Hello all!

I'm new to the Natural Delivery board but not to JM. I am due August 5th and tested + for Group B Strep with my dd 5 years ago. I have a doula this time around and plan to labor at home as long as possible before going to the hospital. I was induced with dd, had an epidural, the whole bit and want a different experience this time around so bad! My 35 week checkup is coming up in 2 weeks and I will be having a Group B Strep Test. Since I tested + last time, I wonder if I will this time. Further, they like to administer antibotics 6-8 hours before delivery, if you are +. That sort of messes up my plan to labor at home. I so do not want to be at the hospital attached to IV's and tubes.

Any suggestions or ideas of things I might do before the test? Also, if any of you have experienced something similar, I'd love to know how you handled it.

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June 17th, 2009, 09:08 PM
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I was positive with my first too, so I was nervous when the test came around for my second. I ended up testing negative though, which was a relief! The birth center had alternatives to antibiotics, and I thought it over and decided to do the test and if I tested positive, go from there.

You can choose to refuse antibiotics, I'd encourage you to read up on the pros/cons of recieving antibiotics for GBS and what the risk factors are. I got a lot of good information on it from the book The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth.

There are some natural remedies you can take to help keep the bacteria at bay for both the test and the birth. Here's a few websites with information:
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Joyous Birth - The Australian Homebirth Network
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Birthsong Childbirth Education & Support Services - Gbs (Great information near the bottom of the page, under Treating group B strep: are antibiotics necessary?)
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June 18th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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There are alternatives, I have always been negative, but I have allergies to the meds they typically give so I would have to get an alternative. I dont think it should be much of an issue.
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June 18th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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I tested positive with my first 2 and negative with last 2, and I had all 4 naturally, with no meds, no IV's, no needles. I asked for no antibiotics in first 2 cases (after I read ton info on GBS), my babies never had any problem, but I never had any risk factors while in labour either
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June 18th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Thanks ladies for your awesome replies! I am going to read up on this issue more! I will read the materials that you guys recommended.
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June 18th, 2009, 10:15 AM
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I did not know I was GBS positive when my water broke and I did not call the midwife until 6 hours later when my contractions were much more frequent and stronger. She got very mad, and insisted I come right in for antibiotics. So, I did get to labor at home for a while without the meds I had 4 bags of IV antibiotics during labor.
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June 18th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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Andrea, would you be willing to start a thread with your links in the articles of interest subforum?
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ok 6-8hours? I don't know much about GBS as I have never tested postive for it, so I only know the basics. BUT what if you labor less then that anyways. My first was 2 1/2 hours first contraction to birth, so then what do they do?
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ok 6-8hours? I don't know much about GBS as I have never tested postive for it, so I only know the basics. BUT what if you labor less then that anyways. My first was 2 1/2 hours first contraction to birth, so then what do they do?
they wisk baby away to NICU for observation
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June 21st, 2009, 07:39 PM
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Here are some more awesome resources I found including a kicka$$ article from Mothering.com

Treating Group B Strep: Are Antibiotics Necessary? | mothering

Group B Strep (GBS) - from Ronnie Falcăo's Midwife Archives
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