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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Group B Strep (Definition)

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to ...Read more


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Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

No there is no risk: Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal swab culture positive for group b strep?

GBS: Group b strep (gbs) is one of many bacteria that live on most people's body. When it lives on or around the vaginal area, a newborn baby has a higher risk of getting in or on the body. Unfortunately, gbs can be deadly to a newborn. Please talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce this risk. ...Read more

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If my mother, grandma and sister had severe pelvic organ prolapse following vaginal birth, does it mean that i will too? Should I have c-sec?

If my mother, grandma and sister had severe pelvic organ prolapse following vaginal birth, does it mean that i will too? Should I have c-sec?

Personal choice: Pregnancy and not just delivery method impacts pelvic support. A study done at madigan army medical center several years ago demonstrated evidence of prolapse from the first OB appointment to the time of delivery. Unfortunately, a cesarean section will not necessarily prevent pelvic prolapse. ...Read more

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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Mild increased risk.: Genital herpes is of major concern when a primary infection develops immediately before/during/after labor. In those rare cases, vertical transmission of the pathogenic virus to the neonate can occur with vaginal delivery via the infected birth canal - but birth defects are not anticipated (only if first trimester transplacental infection). In chronic carriers, the risk of transmission is very low. ...Read more

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What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

What is a better option, vaginal birth orna csection? Does the vagina go back to normal after birth? What are the changes that happen?

It depends: In an uncomplicated pregnancy (healthy mother with normal anatomy and well developed stable fetus), vaginal delivery is ideal (this is how nature intended it to be!!). C-sections are necessary in some cases to preserve the health of both mother and baby, but this is still a significant surgery which should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

Antibiotics : It is not uncommon to be gbs +ve in pregnancy.This can put the baby at risk as he comes out the birth canal .We normally prescribe antibiotics while you giving birth. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss group b strep and how do you get it?

Group B: Germs are a common part of our existence many types inhabit our body. Some in our poo help our digestion. Some do nothing. Some can cause problems under specific conditions.U getgbs from the environment. It tends to occupy the lower female genital tract (1/3 have it at any point).If it is there during labor & delivery, it can invade a baby causing infection or do nothing at all. ...Read more

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How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored, tested& treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. Discuss your concerns with ob. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat gbs (group b strep)?

No natural way: Usually present in gut and in genital tract of 20-40% - but bad in pregnant women as it is a devastating infection in newborn, so needs treatment with antibiotics (preferably penicillin). ...Read more

Vaginal Birth (Definition)

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes thru the cervical opening into the vagina and out the vaginal opening. Sometimes naturally, or sometimes with assistance with forceps or vacuum extraction to assist moving the baby's head thru a vaginal area ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Streptococcal Infection (Definition)

Streptococcal infection is a bacterial infection. There are several types, such as Group A and Group B, which cause disease in different areas of the body and ...Read more