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  #1  
January 4th, 2011, 10:39 AM
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Did you decline or accept the antibiotics?

I know that the chance of the baby contracting it is pretty rare, but having worked in pediatrics I have seen one of the absolute worst case scenarios with a baby, and seen how it affected her for life. I know that's REALLY rare, but just knowing that it could happen scares me.
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January 4th, 2011, 10:44 AM
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The research says it is just as likely to happen to a baby whose mother does have antibiotics as one who does not, so I see them as really, really non-evidence based. And to me, the chances of thrush destroying our future breastfeeding relationship were a lot more likely than her being GBS positive. I believe I am correct in saying NO other developed country even TESTS for GBS.
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January 4th, 2011, 01:03 PM
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I tested positive with my first and had the antibiotics. I hadn't done any research, just went with the flow for everything.

With my second, I went to a midwife that really thought taking the test wasn't necessary, but it was mandatory for her to give it, she just gave me the swab and let me do it in the bathroom. I scantily swabbed, lol. It came back negative. I would have declined the antibiotics.

With this one, I am not even getting tested. My midwife doesn't think it's necessary.
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January 4th, 2011, 02:10 PM
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i accepted them w/ brylie...i am declining the test this time
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January 4th, 2011, 04:05 PM
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I had them with my first and also didn't question anything at the time.

With my second, I debated even testing, but decided to in the end. It was negative, but I still was undecided if I wanted to treat it if I did have it.
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January 4th, 2011, 04:18 PM
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Not to sounds stupid, but what are the affects of GBS on babies? I could have sworn one of my friend's mom had a baby that passed away from GBS soon after birth that was perfectly healthy otherwise. Obviously she was a huge advocate for GBS tests and medication, which was the first I ever heard about it. She even got the meds with the babies she had after just in case (can't blame her there). Was that a really rare thing to happen?
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January 4th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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Not to sounds stupid, but what are the affects of GBS on babies? I could have sworn one of my friend's mom had a baby that passed away from GBS soon after birth that was perfectly healthy otherwise. Obviously she was a huge advocate for GBS tests and medication, which was the first I ever heard about it. She even got the meds with the babies she had after just in case (can't blame her there). Was that a really rare thing to happen?

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Not to sounds stupid, but what are the affects of GBS on babies? I could have sworn one of my friend's mom had a baby that passed away from GBS soon after birth that was perfectly healthy otherwise. Obviously she was a huge advocate for GBS tests and medication, which was the first I ever heard about it. She even got the meds with the babies she had after just in case (can't blame her there). Was that a really rare thing to happen?
It's rare, but possible. The child that I knew in the pediatric practice I worked with developed meningitis and some other infection, I'm drawing a blank on. She basically had no motor skills at all. I left the practice when she was about 18 months old, and she was not able to walk, talk, etc. They went through tons of therapy, which sadly had no effect.
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It's rare, but possible. The child that I knew in the pediatric practice I worked with developed meningitis and some other infection, I'm drawing a blank on. She basically had no motor skills at all. I left the practice when she was about 18 months old, and she was not able to walk, talk, etc. They went through tons of therapy, which sadly had no effect.
How devastating.

I'm still debating this myself. I have a feeling that I would probably decline the antibiotics if faced with the choice right now. Note to self: must do more research on GBS...
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January 4th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Your best bet with GBS is to research the symptoms and keep an eagle eye out for them. I plan to do this with ANY baby, because GBS status is a day to day thing, and if you're neg at the swab means absolutely nothing on the day of delivery.

But with all my "not evidence based!!!" I have to put in a disclaimer. I declined antibiotics at home. When we transferred to the hospital, the took my baby to the NICU after delivery for TWO DAYS until all tests came back negative. BUT the unnecessary interventions they did in the meantime (like an IV) caused problems in my otherwise healthy baby and she had to stay 3 more days. (They wanted three MORE, but I fought hard at that point.) If I'd known then what I know now I would have signed us both out AMA 24 hours later, but cest la vie.

All that to say that being a homebirth I am in a unique situation with the potential hostility of a transferring hospital. So while I will do everything possible to pull a negative test, if I am pos I think I will still do antibiotics at home. The fact that I am right (and I know I am!!! ) is just not worth potentially having to face all that trauma again.
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I took them in the birth center. I had an IV lock and they would give me a bag every 4 hours. It was not a big deal. I hate antibiotics, but when I was transfered for my c-section I was glad I had had them, because infection is the real scare I had with the surgery! LOL. I am not sure what I would do in the future.
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Mothering Magazine and GBS

(sorry apparently I need 10 posts before I can use links...)

Anyway, its a GREAT article
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January 6th, 2011, 03:54 AM
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I am declining. I don't handle antibiotics well and don't feel like I can risk it. We will watch the babies very carefully and do the heel stick to make sure everything looks good.
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January 6th, 2011, 08:21 AM
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I tested positive with my son and accepted the antibiotics. I didn't even think of declining them. I hadn't done much research into GBS, but I was sweating so much after my water broke that they had to literally tie the IV onto my hand using the tape that sticks to normal people. Having the IV lock in meant it was stable when they went to start adding pitocin. It was in my way from time to time, especially when I was pushing I kept trying to claw it off.

This is something I'd like to do more research on, but if I test positive again I will likely still take the antibiotics.
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January 6th, 2011, 05:27 PM
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If they'll give me oral antibiotics to take prior to birth, sure I'll take them. I will not take IV antibiotics. I will fight tooth and nail over having an IV put in for many reasons, most of which have to do with my past experience.

I tested negative with DS so it was never even an issue.
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January 6th, 2011, 08:46 PM
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I tested positive. I let the hospital give me IV antibiotics. I was able to stand up and move around with Mr. IV pole until the bag finished.
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