Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract infection.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all pregnant women be screened between 35-37 weeks of their pregnancies to determine if they are carriers of GBS. The pregnant woman’s vaginal and rectal areas are swabbed during the screening. According to The March of Dimes and the CDC, approximately 25% of pregnant women are found to be colonized with GBS.
Options for testing and treating GBS vary depending on birth place and region. In many hospitals the standard treatment for a GBS positive mother is IV antibiotics repeatedly throughout labor.
Some question the impact the IV antibiotics will have on the newborn baby and the incidence of thrush during nursing in both the infant and the mother.
In some parts of the world a Chlorhexidine rinse is done during labor or even before labor to rinse the vaginal area.
Talk to your care provider about what your options are regarding both the testing and the treatment of group B strep. If birthing in the hospital, discuss with your care provider your various options and how you and the baby will be treated. If you are birthing at home, discuss with your care provider what will happen in case of transfer if you have not been tested for GBS.
Be sure to further research the likelihood of transfer to the baby and the known risks to the baby of standard treatment.
Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for.
1) Take a natural birth class: 1000 years ago everybody had a natural birth, it was just “natural”. But today most people deliver in hospitals and there is much to learn if you desire a birth slightly different than the norm. A good class with an experienced teacher can help you learn how to make this happen.
2) Carefully choose your birth place: All hospitals are not the same. Some offer a good NICU, others fantastic surgeons. If you are particularly looking for a natural birth, you will want to find a hospital that has policies that help with that desire, rather than hinder it. Your birth teacher will be able to teach you what to look for.
3) Carefully choose your care provider: From OB to midwife, there are lots of options in both skills, personality, and experience. Interview, discuss, and find out what birth professionals in your area recommend in your local care providers. It will be worth your time and effort.
A natural birth is possible, but it takes preparation and passion.
In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So what, exactly, is a doula?
Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can’t neglect the birthing woman’s biggest helper!
We also just love how supported this mother felt during her birth. A woman who chooses a great birth team won’t regret it. They can make all the difference in your birth experience.
But the best part- education. Knowing what will happen in labor removes fear and increases enjoyment of labor. More women should be able to talk about their birth like this mom did!
Congratulations Rachael! We are so happy for you!“I had a beautiful home water birth assisted by my amazing midwife and two doulas and warrior husband. Looking back at the birth pictures, I can see that my husband was working as hard as I was…deep breathing and moaning right along with me. Birth Boot Camp taught him how to do all this, how to be calm, and what to expect during labor. I overheard my mom say to my midwife, “Wow, she makes labor look easy.” My birth team also told us this was one of the most beautiful births they had ever been a part of.
Thank you to Birth Boot Camp for the fantastic preparation.” ~ Rachael M.
Now is a great time to apply to become a Natural Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp! In celebration of 12/12/12 and our excitement for the upcoming New Year, we are running a sale on our Instructor Certification Program.
All approved instructor applicants who pay their fees in full between now and December 21st will receive $112 off! That means you will pay $663 instead of $775!
Apply today to begin your journey with the most comprehensive, natural childbirth education method available.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
“After the natural birth of my second child, I knew I wanted to be a childbirth educator. However, I couldn’t find a childbirth class that I could get behind 100%. When Birth Boot Camp launched, I knew I had finally found a program that I wanted to share with expectant couples. It’s fun, fresh and really appeals to dads. Birth Boot Camp covers it ALL – nothing is left out. Look no further!” ~ Dani Long, BBCI “The course is comprehensive and thorough. The material is evidence based and well researched. And…the marketing team and instructor support is outstanding. Everyone on the Advisory Board really believes in helping women and families and it shows in their work.” ~ Ashleigh Trimble, BBCI
Our very first couple from the North Pole had their baby and are so sweet to share their pregnancy and birth story with us. These are the birth pictures and you can find pregnancy, maternity, and newborn/welcome home/ nursing pics in separate posts. If you would like to hear Glimmer’s full birth story – please comment and let her know!
Here’s a note from mama Glimmer:
I feel like the luckiest elf in the world today! I had an amazing unmedicated waterbirth at the Ye Olde Birth Center at the North Pole. My midwife Mrs. Claus was such a sweet lady, so incredibly competent and well trained when things got tough and I am thankful she told me about your program. Our Birth Boot Camp instructor, while she was a Nutcracker, was an inspiration! Anyone who can have a natural birth with no flexible parts is just amazing. And her knowledge was top notch.
I’ve included a link to our slide show, and some pictures that weren’t in the slide show (we even got a placenta print! How cool!)
I’ll try to write up my birth story soon for your blog. Merry Christmas everyone!! ~Glimmer Van Frost
All photos copyright BMJ Events, 2012, our Fort Worth Birth and Newborn Photographer