"Early-onset GBS disease can cause sepsis (an infection in the blood), pneumonia, and, less frequently, meningitis. Some of these babies, particularly those with meningitis, will have long-term health problems such as hearing or vision loss, cerebral palsy, or developmental disabilities, and about 5 percent won't survive. "
So to me that's pretty serious stuff, the chance of a baby getting a GBS related disease is 1:200 without antibiotics and 1:4000 with ( so treatment is quite effective) Basically my midwife group practice I am a part of do not test for GBS routinely, as they do not believe it is high risk enough to cause a problem....well call me a pessimist but the consequences can be pretty dire in the small chance that there are problems. Also if that were the result of a down syndrome screening test that is considered pretty high risk! I am going to talk to my midwife again about this, but I just wanted some other opinions first! This is my first baby and I am 36weeks.
So basically I would like to know do most people get tested for GBS, or is this common that a lot of places don't? And do you think I should demand a test?