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May 11th, 2010, 07:41 PM
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so I wanted to be tested for strep B because I didn't want the baby to be given needless antibiotics if we had to be transferred to the hospital. I figured that I was negative with Jonah, so this one would likely be negative too.

Well, I had my midwife appointment today, and she told me it was positive. She gave me some literature on our options, but of course I feel like I need more before we can make our choice of what to do.

Does anyone have any info on this, or has anyone had a homebirth while being Strep B positive? What did you end up doing?

The midwife will provide me with the wash stuff, to kill some of the bacteria while I'm in labor. She's also suggested eating probiotics like Yogurt (what else would be a good source?) and we won't do any vaginal exams during labor. She also said we have the option of giving the baby a shot of penecillan (or however you spell it) right at birth, but she would need to order it so we need to make that choice very soon.

I'm also wondering, if we can't do vaginal exams during labor, what about dtd?? I am just worried that we could be transferring some of the bacteria. Should we stop?
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May 11th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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I think it's safe to dtd still....I've not done a LOT of research though....From what I've heard though, while you tested positive at that time...by the time you go into labor you very well could test neg....maybe you could request a retest? Take some acidophiles (spell) and maybe some grapefruitseed extract (natural antibiotic) for a week and then retest and see if it's gone....before needlessly worrying....and then if it's positive too...you could look deeper into your options then...
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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
Our choice to not vax isn't based in ignorance, poverty, conspiracy theory and rumor. It's research, common sense, fact and evidence based..something the medical community has largely forgot about.
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May 11th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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yes, the midwife did also suggest retaking the test after a week of the probiotic rich foods. Maybe I will do that. Thanks!
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May 11th, 2010, 11:09 PM
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Our midwives would just do the antibiotic IV - same as a hospital if I was positive and wanted it. I'm allergic to penicillin - so it would have had to be something else.
Anyway - I'm sorry - I don't know much about it.
Oh - and I believe DTD is fine until your water breaks.
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May 11th, 2010, 11:26 PM
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I've not had it, of course I'm glad this post is here, cuz I know that test must be at my next appointment.
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May 12th, 2010, 06:02 AM
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Check out this thread from the NCB board...

http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f3...trep-info.html (Group B Strep info)

I'm on my way to my m/w appt, so I'll be back with more later!
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May 13th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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Thanks for the advice, and the links. I talked it over with DH and he feels the most comfortable giving her the antibiotic shot at birth, and I support him with that decision. I am going to have the test re-done at the next appointment, but there's a chance we won't have the results back before she's born. I'm eating lots of yogurt, but I was already eating quite a bit daily, so I don't know if it will make a difference.

It's kind of tough, because on one hand I don't want to over-react and give her antibiotics that she doesn't really need, but on the other hand I would hate for her to have any major issues that could have been easily prevented. I guess either way, I feel guilty
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May 13th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Well...the good thing is you COULD likely get the results back before you have her...and then you wont have to worry about it if negative...if results come back positive still...you can do what hubby wishes...it wont be the first or last time someone gets precautionary antibiotics....It'll be fine!
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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
Our choice to not vax isn't based in ignorance, poverty, conspiracy theory and rumor. It's research, common sense, fact and evidence based..something the medical community has largely forgot about.
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May 13th, 2010, 08:40 PM
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Most grocery stores have acidophilus in the natural food section, usually refrigerated. There are also pill versions of it. It would have more probiotics in it compared to yogurt.
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