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I declined the test & just decided to treat for risk factors if they present. A neg test doesnt mean you dont have it an d a positive test doesnt mean you will have it at birth so its a pretty useless test with the possibility of stressing you out unnecessarily. And in all actuality, regardless of your test results, its wise to treat for risk factors...
Risk factors include:
Prolonged rupture of membranes (so dont have your water broken)
Prolonged pushing stage (be sure that you have the ability to move around and be in a good position favorable to delivery - NOT on your back with feet in stirrups).
Vaginal checks/anything in the vaginal area after rupture of membranes (limit vaginal checks, which are largely unneccessary anyways, avoid rupture of membranes artificially, and dont allow internal monitoring unless there is an extreme emergency, at which point GBS is not the only concern).
Hybicleanse is often used at homebirths if someone has history of previous GBS contraction with previous babies or is thought to be positive or if risk factors present.
Most MWs dont test for GBS and simply assume the mother is GBS positive, and treat for risk factors, and watch for any signs of GBS after birth.
Basically regardless of your test results, it changes from day to day and if you HAPPEN to be positive at birth, then your risk of passing it to baby increaseswith the above risk factors, and even then only a small % pass it along to baby.
It can be a little confusing, but theres a lot of info out there about it
I think if you are positive at birth and don't have treatment, the chance of passing it to your baby and being a problem is something like 0.05%....that's pretty low. With my last baby I refused treatment except for risk factors and this time I'm doing the same. I tried a natural protocol for killing GBS using garlic, but I still tested positive. But I'm not worried. I'll just have to take my baby's temperature the first few days a little more often.
I read somewhere that having a waterbirth can "dilute" GBS so that there is even less risk of passing it to your baby at birth. Does this sound ridiculous or has anyone ever heard of this?