But I also didn't get my swab and had GBS and had a membrane sweep about a week before having babe, and the neonatologist were certain it crossed membranes and he was sick inside of me. I'll spare you all my big long scary story, but I didn't get the antibiotics obviously, and had a gbs septic infant, and when your one of the few it's not just a swab anymore- because you've seen first hand what it can do to your precious little baby. IT DOES HAPPEN.
And the CDC is also a fountain of information about GBS. There is a chance of it traveling vertically (this means up, and across intact membranes(crossing into your fluid)) which can then infect your baby, so at the very least at least make yourselves knowledgeable about it(don't mean to insinuate(sp?) that you are not). If you are going to have a home birth, without antibiotics please at least avoid sweeps and all the internal checks you can-this can push that nasty bacteria closer to your precious LO.
I found out a week ago that I am also positive for GBS and I am having a waterbirth at home with an amazing midwife and doula. We are going to go the natural root and do everything that we can to eradicate it, but when I test again at 37 weeks ( Im 34 now) and it is still there, I will plan to have antibiotics administered.
My partner was nervous about the antibiotics because they are so harmful to a newborn, but we are going to be flooding both of our systems with probiotics and my midwife said doing that will help build her back up. I'm still nervous though... I just want her to come out healthy, you know?
Update ; i didnt retest. I declined IV unless ; waters broke for over 18hrs or i had a high temp.
I sadly didnt get my hb but still got natural waterbirth at hospital. My waters didnt break until baby head was born she came out amazing! I declined 24hr obs and agreed to 12hr obs we went home the same day.
Although i will not have swab done again in pregnancy if it can be helped i will still follow/stick by those few pointers as a precaution to any future baby. good luck to everyone else.
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