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Prevention Is Key!!




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This article is from the Group B Strep FAQ, by cheryls@wco.com (Cheryl Sandberg) with numerous contributions by others.

Prevention Is Key!!

In at least 90% of the births where the mother is properly tested and
treated for GBS colonization, the babies are healthy, so remember to:

* Ask your heath care professional to culture you for GBS between 35 -37 weeks

* Discuss antibiotic treatment plans with your doctor

* Tell your baby's doctor and nurse about your culture result before the
baby is born.

* Some doctors may not routinely offer testing for GBS but may base
treatment decisions on obstetric risk factors alone. 25% of all GBS
infected babies will be born to a mother who had no obstetric
complications. This prevention plan will not prevent as many infections as
routine screening combined with antibiotics for those mothers who culture
positive for GBS.

ROUTINE PRENATAL CULTURE AT 35 -37 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY ALONG WITH IV
ANTIBIOTICS DURING DELIVERY FOR THOSE MOTHERS WHO CULTURE POSITIVE FOR GBS
OFFERS THE VERY BEST PROTECTION AVAILABLE FOR THE NEWBORN. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this method potentially
protects more babies than prevention by obstetric risk factors evaluation
alone.

Group B Strep Association

Dedicated to the fight against GBS infection. It was formed In memory
of all the babies who have died In sympathy for all the babies left
handicapped For the sake of all the babies yet to come

 

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