I had it with my 1st....and I was on an antibiotic drip during my labour and delivery. They won't need to treat baby with antibiotics or anything unless she shows signs of having transitted it. But usually baby will be fine if mom is being treated during delivery. Its nothing to feel guilty over...many many women have it...and its just a bacteria...not really harmful but just during a vag delivery. You will be ok! Hang in there! My son was totally fine no issues at all!! Just as long as you have the antibiotics during birth....
Try not to worry too much. Where I live they don't even test for strep b, even if you ask for the test! This is because even with no antibiotic treatment strep b is passed on to the baby less than 5% of the time, and whether you are positive or negative for strep b could change by the time you give birth, so their philosophy is that the best protection is simply monitoring the baby for illness after the baby is born. That means that here, loads of strep b positive women give birth every day, and very rarely is there ever an issue.
Edit: I should mention that I live in Sweden (not some country with questionable health care) and the maternal and neonatal health statistics here are some of the best in the world.
I live in Scotland and have been diagnosed with Strep-B and will need antibiotics during labour. I asked my midwife whether that would mean I couldn't have the water birth I had planned and she said as long as I didn't have any other complications then it should be fine. She said they would put a cannula in my hand and that once the antibiotics had gone through I would be detached from the drip and free to move about I'd just have to make sure I kept my hand dry. I'd be re-attached every 4 hours during labour to administer more antibiotics. I've got another appointment next week so will check again. Did they give a reason why you couldn't have a water birth?
I was really worried when I first found out but my midwife reassured me that it is really common and nothing to worry about. I just feel lucky that they know about it and I can have the antibiotics and they'll keep an extra eye on bub
Thank you so much everyone I feel much better about it now!
Some really useful information there so thank you everyone for cheering me up about it.
It just sucks!
Originally Posted by Beanie32
Did they give a reason why you couldn't have a water birth?
She didn't say I couldn't, I asked if being on the drip would interfere with my water birth plans, and she simply nodded her head sympathetically, and said "It depends which midwife is on duty" meaning some are more helpful than others.
So I'm preparing for the exact opposite of what I wanted, without losing hope I'll still be able to do it naturally in the water.
It's really common hun, just less common for them to find it in the UK as we don't have routine testing. I had it with my daughter. You need IV anti-biotics as soon as your waters break and as long as you get these baby won't need treatment. They did a risk chart with my daughter when she was born, with hourly obs for the first 24 hours to check she had no signs of developing a GBS infection. It's so stressful, but you are actually one of the lucky ones as they know you have it. It's only dangerous to the baby when they don't know -x-
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