Sunday, April 4, 2010

Group B Strep Testing in Pregnancy

I was browsing around on the computer, accumulating a little energy prior to starting the Easter dinner, and found this blog post on Group B Strep (GBS) testing at the Arizona Birth Network blog.

I felt like the info offered was very accurate and appropriate. Check it out and feel free to ask any questions you might have! I have on occasion had women decline testing or treatment in the event of a positive result. That's really ok as long as a woman understands the benefits AND the risks of her decision. We each have to determine what our own acceptable risk is for every decision you make in life. This is no different!


  1. Thanks for posting those links! I work as a medical laboratory scientist/microbiologist at a university hospital, so I actually perform the testing. I also had a friend who tested GBS negative on her screen, but her baby was infected with GBS at birth, causing pneumonia. Thankfully, both baby and mom wound up being OK, but I've always wondered if mom truly acquired GBS between testing and labor or if her test was inaccurate.

  2. Thanks Tiffany! I loved that I was able to choose my course of action. I turned out to be negative, but I had already made my decision in the event of a positive test. I appreciated the fact that I had choices rearding the treatments had it been positive. Just another reason why I *heart* the midwives :)