Willow - posted on 12/11/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )
Hi, I'm 37 weeks pregnant with #2. (Read my birth story of my son under the positive natural birth stories thread.) I just found out at my appt with my midwife today that I tested positive for group b strep this time. I was negative in my last pregnancy. Sadly, this means a strong recommendation to receive IV antibiotics (penicillin) during my labor (repeatedly - every 4-8 hours I think?) So I'm bummed that I won't get a completely intervention free birth this time around, but I have to remain hopeful, because I'm told that I'll still be able to move around freely, and to labor in the tub when I'm not on the IV. Laboring in the water was so good for me last time, so I really hope that I get to do it when I want to. I relied a lot on 'letting the primitive side' of my brain take over during the first labor. Or just 'not thinking'. So one of my worries is that having a hep lock on my arm is going to make me a lot more 'conscious' of the more medical side of things, which I don't want! Not only will I have a course or several courses of IV antibiotics given to me, there are more restrictions on the window of time I have before I would be transferred from the birthing center to the hospital. The midwives would go with me to the hospital, so I don't fear too much that I'd be pressured into getting meds, but I would be more fearful of not being in a comfortable enough situation to let my body do it's thing. Oh, and I would be required to stay on for at least 12 hours observation after birth. (With my son, I was home within a few hours.) The midwife tried to say how that is a great time for me to get rest. yeah, right - I'm going to be wanting to get a shower and get my things and get home to the rest of my family (who will take care of me there - in my comfort zone - that is where I can get some rest.) Anyway, just wanted to 'vent' a little about my situation and I'd love to hear from anyone who has tested positive and received the IV during their labor, but still was able to have a natural birth. Thanks!