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    Default Anyone not have the Strep B test?

    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I declined the test.

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    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.

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    I didn't have it.

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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

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    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.

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    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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