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#1 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

I was just doing some reading, and have seen this referred to in several places as a fairly standard antenatal check.

I am 39 weeks with my second (one through the private system, one public)  and haven't had it, or been offered it, with either pregnancy.  

Is this test routine? Or only for certain populations?  I'm nor worried, just curious.

#2 whale-woman

Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:03 PM

Never had it. But I was an elective c/s so it wasn't really relevant.

#3 feralangel

Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:06 PM

I assume that it's routine for a vaginal delivery. The public hospital in which I gave birth tested for group b step at 36 to 37 weeks gestation.

#4 TotesFeral

Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:06 PM

It's routine at my hospital(public). Had it done with DD and had it done again this pregnancy at my 35 week check up.

#5 mini mac

Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:12 PM

Routine in certain areas for vaginal delivery. I had the test because I had DS1 at a birthing centre.. meaning if I was positive there may be a need for antibiotics as a precaution. Which they didn't give in that birthing centre. So I would've gone elsewhere to give birth had my results been different. DS2 didn't have a chance he came early and I had him at the maternity ward but I was not flagged for it there.

Edited by minimac, 22 October 2012 - 06:13 PM.


#6 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:12 PM

Yeah I had mine done about 37 weeks.

#7 CallMeFeral

Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:20 PM

Routine for us.

#8 Starrydawn

Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:26 PM

Routine. I had it and had antibiotics for it.

#9 franno

Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:32 PM

Routine for me in Oz and also this time in Singapore. We did have some discussions in the Facebook group recently as some of us had swabs taken from both orifices (me included) while others just had it taken from the vagina (which is what they did with me in Oz).

#10 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:02 AM

3 babies, 2 different hospitals. Never had the test. Never heard of it until EB.

#11 Rhoxie

Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:17 AM

3 babies. Never had it yet.  That said I was offered it for number 3 but I declined as I did not want a drip during labour and since it's a very unreliable way of deciding if you need the precaution of the antibiotics I declined.  I don't support the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

#12 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:56 AM

Hmmm... Interesting, thanks.  I am going through a midwife program at my local public.  I might ask the midwives at my next appointment why it isn't routinely offered here (or whether I've missed something).

#13 R2B2

Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:07 AM

I had it with my older 2 and am (still) trying to decide whether or not to have it with this baby.
I am 37 weeks and seeing the midwife tomorrow.

originally I decided against it because of how inaccurate it can be, but my hormones are making me very indecisive wink.gif

ETA: I was positive with my older 2.

Edited by R2B2, 23 October 2012 - 09:08 AM.


#14 Leafprincess

Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

I was tested while seeing my FS.

She also took 15 vials of blood and tested me for everything else under the sun.

#15 Phascogale

Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE
I might ask the midwives at my next appointment why it isn't routinely offered here (or whether I've missed something).
Probably has something to do with how transient the bacteria is.  You can test positive at 37 weeks but by the time you have the baby you are negative and vice versa.

It's routine to have the swab at 37 weeks at a lot of hospitals.  You don't have to do it.  I've always been aware of it but none of the three hospitals I had my kids in offered it.  And the reality is that I laboured so fast there was no way that I would've had the minimum 2 doses of antibiotics to be covered anyway.

QUOTE
I had the test because I had DS1 at a birthing centre.. meaning if I was positive there may be a need for antibiotics as a precaution. Which they didn't give in that birthing centre. So I would've gone elsewhere to give birth had my results been different.
I wonder what the rationale is for that.  I know quite a few people that have given birth at a birth centre and been gbs positive.  There was just a cannula in the arm and penicillin given every 4 hours (over the space of a few minutes).
QUOTE
That said I was offered it for number 3 but I declined as I did not want a drip during labour and since it's a very unreliable way of deciding if you need the precaution of the antibiotics I declined.
You generally don't get a drip unless you are allergic to penicillin and then it's only there for 30 or so minutes while the medication runs in (this one is run less frequently than penicillin too).

#16 1&Twins

Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:35 AM

I had the swab at about 35 weeks I think, routine as far as I understand.  I'm in SA and all my friends were tested too.

#17 pinkblue

Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:44 PM

Can you refuse the test? I'm unable to have internal examinations so would really struggle with this test also. Is there any other way to do the test?

#18 Missmarymack

Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

It's only routine at some hospitals. One of Melbourne's biggest tertiary hospital doesn't do it, but another tertiary hospital here does.

#19 CheekyBuggers

Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:50 PM

QUOTE (pinkblue @ 11/11/2012, 07:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you refuse the test? I'm unable to have internal examinations so would really struggle with this test also. Is there any other way to do the test?



It's not a examination.  I did mine myself. It's a giant cotton bud that you just stick inside.


3 babies at different hospitals. Only had it with #1

#20 sarahec

Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:53 PM

QUOTE (pinkblue @ 11/11/2012, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you refuse the test? I'm unable to have internal examinations so would really struggle with this test also. Is there any other way to do the test?



When I did it they give you a swab and you do it on yourself.

#21 Sloane Peterson

Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE (pinkblue @ 11/11/2012, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you refuse the test? I'm unable to have internal examinations so would really struggle with this test also. Is there any other way to do the test?


I'm not sure how you would feel about this but the standard practice at my ob's rooms was to do it yourself... They wouuld just hand over the swab and you take it to the toilet. Was about 1000 x easier than inserting a tampon  original.gif

I've heard of other women doing it themselves too.

#22 Zahhy

Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

When I did it with the last 2, it was a do-it-yourself, stick cotton bud here and here and then put it in the tube deal.

I'll be refusing it this time as like PPs have said, just because you get one result at 36weeks, doesn't mean it will be the same when you give birth.

FTR I was positive with #1, negative with #2.

eta: oh, old thread. Congrats on your new DS AA!

Edited by Tonberry, 11 November 2012 - 08:06 PM.


#23 HeroOfCanton

Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (pinkblue @ 11/11/2012, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you refuse the test? I'm unable to have internal examinations so would really struggle with this test also. Is there any other way to do the test?

You can decline the test if you wish. Just understand what the test is looking for, and the ramifications of either result, positive or negative.

I declined in both my pregnancies, as it was offered at 35 weeks, and I felt that this was too far before the birth to give an accurate result - as it was, DD was born 7 weeks after I would have had the test!
I also worry about the overuse of antibiotics in cases where they aren't needed.

Edited by *Browncoat*, 11 November 2012 - 08:08 PM.


#24 kabailz13

Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

You can absolutely refuse the test.

I have 5 kids, was 'offered' (read: pressured) the test with only one my first son and my twins. I obliged with my DS1 and refused with my twins as I now have a much better understanding of the test, it's reliability and the risks.

#25 pinkblue

Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

QUOTE (CheekyBuggers @ 11/11/2012, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's not a examination.  I did mine myself. It's a giant cotton bud that you just stick inside.


3 babies at different hospitals. Only had it with #1


How far did you need to put it in?




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