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    Default Another kink in the home birth!

    So many things keep coming up! I know it can't all be simple though!

    Just found out that if I test GBS+ I will have to have a hospital birth because the only antibiotics they can administer at home are penicillin based and I'm allergic to penicillin! I would have to be in the hospital for them to use a medication I'm not allergic to!

    So, the midwife gave me a regime to follow to help boost my immune system and reduce my risk of being GBS+. It includes probiotics, vitamin C and garlic pills!

    Here's hoping it helps! I have 5-6 weeks before the swab to boost myself up!
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    Can you decline the test and/or antibiotics and then treat baby if there are symptoms? Or, in light of your allergy, petition whoever you would need for an exemption for a different antibiotic? That's really ridiculous that a midwife could give you one but not another. It's not your fault you're allergic!

    And midwives here also suggest doing a Hibiclens rinse regimen before the swab to help ensure a negative result. Fingers crossed for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raingirl28 View Post
    So many things keep coming up! I know it can't all be simple though!

    Just found out that if I test GBS+ I will have to have a hospital birth because the only antibiotics they can administer at home are penicillin based and I'm allergic to penicillin! I would have to be in the hospital for them to use a medication I'm not allergic to!

    So, the midwife gave me a regime to follow to help boost my immune system and reduce my risk of being GBS+. It includes probiotics, vitamin C and garlic pills!

    Here's hoping it helps! I have 5-6 weeks before the swab to boost myself up!
    I had the same "problem", I am allergic to penicillin and my midwife said if I tested positive I'd have to go to the hospital, luckily I did not test positive. I don't know what I would have done if I had tested positive.
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    Sorry, double post!
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    I don't even do this test. It's like a 0.0001% chance of anything passing to baby (if I'm thinking of the right thing here, it's been a while).

    The antibiotics wreaking havoc on the body is 100% whereas the chance of baby getting the GBS thingy is slim to none (and even still it's treatable).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Can you decline the test and/or antibiotics and then treat baby if there are symptoms? Or, in light of your allergy, petition whoever you would need for an exemption for a different antibiotic? That's really ridiculous that a midwife could give you one but not another. It's not your fault you're allergic!

    And midwives here also suggest doing a Hibiclens rinse regimen before the swab to help ensure a negative result. Fingers crossed for you!
    Can't decline the test or antibiotics I don't think. Something to do with the rules in Ontario with midwives.....

    Quote Originally Posted by knhoward View Post
    I had the same "problem", I am allergic to penicillin and my midwife said if I tested positive I'd have to go to the hospital, luckily I did not test positive. I don't know what I would have done if I had tested positive.
    Yeah, that's my worry! I'm trying to remember to take the probiotics and such but I'm so bad with pills!

    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Mama View Post
    I don't even do this test. It's like a 0.0001% chance of anything passing to baby (if I'm thinking of the right thing here, it's been a while).

    The antibiotics wreaking havoc on the body is 100% whereas the chance of baby getting the GBS thingy is slim to none (and even still it's treatable).
    It's a 0.5% chance of passing something on, and a 5% chance of infant death if the baby catches, so I don't think I would take a risk. I also have immune issues (don't build immunity to things) so in the best interest of my baby (since they won't get immunities from me) I would probably take the meds if I am GBS+.
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