In my first pregnancy I tested positive for Strep B. My waters broke at 39.1 & contractions started about 2 hours later. I had to go in and get antibiotics through a canular every four hours from 2.30pm. Long story short, my contractions stopped the next morning & I had to have syntocin to bring on labour which resulted in having an epidural.
This time round I am seriously considering not having the test done as this was a factor in my labour going backwards. I would love to have a natural birth & my midwife has suggested that if i dont get the test done that we monitor the baby's temperature for a couple of days after the birth and if it rises to administer antibiotics.
Has anyone chosen not to have the test done and is there a high risk of the baby getting sick? Any feedback would be really useful. Cheers.
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02-10-2012 18:38 #1
Anyone not have the Strep B test?
02-10-2012 18:43 #2
I wish I didnt have the test done. I would have been able to labour at home rather then be stuck in a hospital as I firmly believe if I could have been at home I would have been able to have my VBAC2 (ended up in a c/s).
You dont have to have the test. My middies at the hospy were surprised that I had had one as they said that they dont do it anymore.
The thing is with strepb is that it comes and goes. I didnt have it with DS1 or DS2 but had it with DD.
If it were me I wouldnt do it.....I wish I had of been more informed and I would have refused. That was the one thing that I hadnt researched.
But if your middie is ok with you not having it then I wouldnt.
02-10-2012 19:09 #3
The only regret I have with my first birth is the fact that I was pressured to do certain things because of the dreaded strep b (cannula, antibiotics overnight hospy stay when I wanted to go home). I didn't have the test with my second and I won't be having it with any future babies.
02-10-2012 19:13 #4
The midwife told me just last week that they don't do it as standard anymore (in QLD or NSW). I've never had the test even offered.
02-10-2012 19:17 #5
I declined the test.
02-10-2012 19:22 #6
I had my first at RPA hospital and they dont do the test as a routine check. DS was perfectly fine. I am 39 werks pregnant at a different hospital and had to do it. I dont think its that big of a deal if RPA doesnt do it. In my opinion anyway.
02-10-2012 19:37 #7
I didn't have it.
02-10-2012 20:11 #8Senior Member
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Im the same as you OP tested positive with my first & had to go to hospy asap ended up with syntocin, epidural & forceps delivery
Really going to try & refuse it this time, will see how i go when the time comes
02-10-2012 20:14 #9
I didn't have it, it was never even mentioned. I don't think I had even heard of it until I read about it on here.
02-10-2012 20:16 #10
I don't think I'll have it. I am sure having antibiotics in labour last time was a contributing factor to DS' eczema and allergy issues. Gut health is so important.
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