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Is it a must to be induced if I tested posive for gbs infection?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not at all

Group-b streptococcus is a type of bacteria found in the vagina and is similar to the bacteria that causes strep throat.
It is a potential cause of pneumonia and other infections in a new baby. Mom's are routinely tested for this and, if positive, are treated with antibiotics prior to delivering. Inducing labor is not necessary.

In brief: Not at all

Group-b streptococcus is a type of bacteria found in the vagina and is similar to the bacteria that causes strep throat.
It is a potential cause of pneumonia and other infections in a new baby. Mom's are routinely tested for this and, if positive, are treated with antibiotics prior to delivering. Inducing labor is not necessary.
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No induction needed.

All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks.
It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms.

In brief: No induction needed.

All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks.
It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms.
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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Special circumstance

In general, moms with gbs don't need to be induced.
But, if you have very rapid labors, or live very far from hospital & can't get there fast when labor starts, your dr. May suggest inducing in order to start antibiotics first & make sure you and baby get all the protection & care you need. If not at least 4 hours of abx before delivery, you & baby may need longer stay & more testing after birth.

In brief: Special circumstance

In general, moms with gbs don't need to be induced.
But, if you have very rapid labors, or live very far from hospital & can't get there fast when labor starts, your dr. May suggest inducing in order to start antibiotics first & make sure you and baby get all the protection & care you need. If not at least 4 hours of abx before delivery, you & baby may need longer stay & more testing after birth.
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