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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 13:40 PM   41
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yeh i am! They didn't find out intill she was born and nearly died - ive always wanted a home birth but never thought it was possible now that i know im a carrier!



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 13:49 PM   42
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So did she have GBS infection? Was it definitely GBS? The risks of it happening again go up quite a bit if you have already had one baby who was infected with GBS BUT often an infection is treated without necessarily knowing if it was GBS or not as antibiotics might be administered nad be taking effect before tests can be done.

Most importantly though, once a carrier is not always a carrier as it is transient. The thing would be to do your research, look at the various risks for you given the history, then get a swab done at 35-37 weeks to see if you are a carrier. A positive test at that stage gives a very high probability (though not 100%) that you will be carrying during labour.

Have a browse through some of the links. I've been looking from the perspective of not having a history so wouldn't want to to say I found x, y and z in case it misled you.



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 13:51 PM   43
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Oh and was it early onset (up to 24 hours) or late onset (up to 7 days) as this is important for what interventions might have an effect (or rather no effect)?

Feel free to post your story here and we can be keeping it in mind as we look through links and articles.



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 14:36 PM   44
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well i gave birth to her via c-cestion on the 22nd and i had trouble feeding her so asked a midewife to help, she helped me feed a tsbp of breastmilk and said she need to wind as she was making a grunting noise her outside in the light ( i have no idea why) a hour late i got told she taken to special care.

They said they didn't know what was wrong with her and needed to take some spinal fluid and run some tests, the told me she had strep b and if that midwife didn't take her to special care she could have died! they treated her with a 10 day course of antibiotics x x



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 15:08 PM   45
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Yes grunting is one of the symptoms. But it sounds like you were never actually tested? There is always a possibility the GBS was from another source! I would try not to panic about it, discuss it with your MW when the time comes and get the appropriate tests to see if you are a carrier. Section is entirely unnecessary and doesn't reduce the risk of transmission to the baby and technically most other things can be as easily done at home if a homebirth is what you want. You might be interested in the links that refer to the use of intravenous antibiotics which is a sticking point for the homebirth. I should've thought you could get them at a birth centre... There are definitely options for you though so it's worth looking into it when the time comes.



 
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Old Feb 7th, 2011, 07:17 AM   46
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been looking in2 it alot since they told me i have this on fri there and found some great web sites by the nhs and the collage of obstetricians and gynaecologists that have alot of info on it that i have found very helpfull and reassuring.
spoke with a mw after 1 of my classes on sat and she said there is no reason what so ever that i cant have the water birth i would like x

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/2037.asp...categoryid=137

http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health...newborn-babies



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2011, 05:23 AM   47
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Hi Lynne, thanks for the links but they seem not to be working! There is an rcog link on the first post so I wonder if that info is already up?

As an update I've just popped some simple statistics into the first post.



 
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Old Feb 27th, 2011, 06:12 AM   48
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Hey girls

I was diagnosed with Strep B at 34 weeks pregnant. They found it by doing a swab test as I had a slight bladder infection.
I was on antibiotics during the labour, had to be injected towards the end instead of UV because they didnt realise I was 9cm
Baby was fine but had to stay in hospital 3 days to keep checking her temp.
private messages would be welcome to hear your stories. i found the only bad thing about strep b was needing the UV during labour as my hands really ached

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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 16:13 PM   49
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Hi all. I wanted to give a small update on my situation. I decided not to have the test (36 weeks tomorrow) not that I've been offered it! At my 34 week appointment my mw surprised by putting a big yellow sticker on my notes saying to give iv antibiotics which ticked me off no end! So I wrote refused on it and signed it. Tomorrow I see the consultant mw for my debrief and to discuss antibiotics. I've decided I don't want them unless there are signs of infection but also that I am going to pursue trying to get them at home as I'm not prepared for a need for antibiotics to be sufficient reason for transfer in the middle of labour. So we will see how that develops!

I'll post tomorrow after the appointment with an update.



 
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Hope the consult goes well for you tomorrow. Transfering in for abx is just ridiculous in my opinion and you certainly seem more than capable of monitor your baby at home postpartum for signs of sepsis.



 
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