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09/01/2014 at 21:40
Did anyone have this at the end of their pregnancy and could talk me through what happened during labour?
09/01/2014 at 21:58
No experience myself, but if I remember correctly WeatherGirl did?
09/01/2014 at 22:33
I had strep B during my pregnancy but it got missed and wasn't picked up until after I'd given birth. I was kept on the ward for 24 hours where they were supposed to don4 hourly monitoring of A (although this never happened, she was checked once!) luckily she was ok. I believe the procedure is to give antibiotics as soon as your waters break but I'm not really sure. Hope someone will be along soon to advise.
10/01/2014 at 03:21
I did but it wasn't known before labour. Unfortunately we were both quite ill from it, more so my baby unfortunately. The Strep b meant he developed congenital pneumonia and we spent 8 days in hospital, 3 of which were in scbu. He had the highest infection level the ward had ever seen and then his strain of it was resistant to penicillin to complicate matters. If I had another baby I'd get antibiotics in labour and it doesn't seem to be an issue. Giving birth by c section reduces the chance of it being passed as the strep b is passes through the birth canal.
10/01/2014 at 08:47
Coco's got a good memory! I had Group B Srep, which was picked up when I was around 30 weeks pregnant. I was told that I'd need to given antibiotics by IV once my waters broke. Unfortunately, this meant that my plan of a water birth was out of the window as they weren't happy for me to be in the water with a cannula fitted.
When my waters broke we called the hospital, told them about the Group B Strep, and they asked us to go in as soon as we had our things together. On arrival at the hospital they did the various assessments checking my waters had gone, etc and then took me through to a delivery room. A doctor came to put the cannula in and then shortly after that they gave me a dose of antibiotics. Not long after that, the MW came through and said they'd be giving me something to speed things up and F arrived about 4 hours later! They never did say exactly why they wanted to speed things up but my guess is that they didn't want him hanging about and increasing the risk of him picking up the infection. I'm pretty sure I had 1 or two doses of AB. They advised us that we'd need to stay in a couple of days to monitor him and make sure he hadn't picked anything up.
10/01/2014 at 21:28
I am most upset that I can't have a water birth.
Do you think there is no way I can have one? Were you able to be mobile with the drip in?
10/01/2014 at 23:20
I had it but didn't know until after. Labour didn't progress past 4cm after 30hours and I developed a v high temp. It was decided in the end to do a cs. When i was in the recovery room they said I was put on a drip for anti biotics and they also gave W a cannula with anti biotics. I only had the anti biotics for about 3 days, W had anti biotics via cannula every 12 hours for 7 days so we had to stay in hospital for a week. She was fine though , struggled to feed initially but that was due to diamorphine I had in labour, and she was allowed to stay with me the whole time. I was told after that in my next labour they would give me the anti biotics before baby was born but then when I got pregnant again and asked they said no nothing would be done. So I didn't have anything but both me and baby were fine. I don't really understand much about it but from what I was told strep b is present in most people but it comes and goes, so just because you had it first time doesn't mean you will second time, and just because you didn't first time you may still have it second time.
11/01/2014 at 08:33
Have a word with your MW and/or the hospital as I was told that every hospital has a different policy. I did a little research on it, which seemed to suggest that a water birth would be fine providing that the cannula was covered with a waterproof dressing. I did mention this to my MW and she made a few calls to the hospital whilst I sat with her. Unfortunately, my hospital's decision was no. I think part of it was them waiting to monitor baby during labour which they might have struggled to do in water. Have a chat with them and see what they say x
ETA with the drip I could walk within close proximity to the bed and even managed to use the birthing ball. The most annoying part was having all the tube things in my arm which I found got in the way when I wanted to move.
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