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Vaginal Birth When Mother Has Group B Strep
Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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