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    I had it as I was hoping to homebirth through my hospital middy and its part of their policy for their homebirths. I was positive so had to go in, I did labour at home for 8 hours first though as my waters hadnt broken. I went in and had the antibiotics but only one lot as they are every 4 hours and I was only at hosp for 3.5 before DD was born. The hosp checked her temp regularly afterwards too and did make me stay on 24 hrs though. I think you would be fine to decline and just monitor following birth.

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    I only had the test with my first, was never offered it with the others and they were all born at different tertiary level hospitals, birth centre and the last with a private Ob and none of them mentioned it. I reckon if all of them don't bother with it routinely there mustn't be much evidence that it's necessary.

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    Thanks ladies for all your replies! I think I will definitely be not havng the test, I just dont need something else to worry about and here I thought it was a necessary test to have...

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    In the Sydney west and nepean health services in NSW the strep B test is offered as routine screening. I'm not sure about outside of these areas. Working as a midwife I've seen what can happen to babies who are exposed to the bacteria -it can cause respiratory distress and make a baby very sick. Yes this dosnt occur very single time but I would never ever risk it.

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    I refused the test for my first. I had heard that one week you can be positive and the next negative so I didn't think that was a very accurate test. I wont be having it with my 2nd either. The poster who mentioned gut health is soo right.

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    I have a had a positive result for Strep B and would recommend everyone thats pregnant get tested for it. I would rather know and take the precautions than not know and have bub infected.

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    When you have it its for 6 mths

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    Its a dumb test because it takes 3 days to get the results so you can't do it in labour, so you have it at 36 weeks then you have the rest of your pregnancy for your status to change. So you could come up negative but by the time you labour and birth you could be positive and vice versa. I didn't have it for number 2&3 I just watched for signs of infection after the birth. They don't do it in the UK either.

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    I had the test with the first with not my second and won't bother with it this time either.

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    I didn't have it, I can't even remember them asking (or maybe they did and I declined so it wasn't mentioned again).


 

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