I'm GBS positive, 37 weeks pregnant, planning a home birth (possibly a water birth) and have been researching this for weeks now and I am frustrated at the lack of information out there...hoping you guys can help.
Everything I read either says you have to take antibiotics or your baby will die, OR that antibiotics are worthless and the worst decision. That they don't really show to be a huge help, can create AB resistance, etc.
I have been trying for weeks to rid my body of the GBS (garlic, vitamin C, cranberry, etc) but nothing works, the swabs are still positive and its been found in my urine a few times.
I do not want antibiotics (I prefer the more natural way of treating things) especially since my midwife only gives Amoxicillin which has been deemed useless against GBS. But everything I read says I may have a higher colonization since its in my urine.
I've read many midwife sites recommending tea tree oil tampons or suppositories, inserting cloves of garlic (which I'm starting tonight) and hibiclens (chlorihexidine) flushes or washes during labor to prevent the GBS.....
My midwife is alright. She wasn't my first choice but all I have due to insurance. She's been great but doesn't provide much relief and mostly blows off the concern, saying there's a 1% chance of the baby getting GBS infection.....however I'm concerned she never treated the GBS in my urine - no sign of infection but I'd have thought she would've or should have treated it?
I know i sound neurotic, I probably have lost my mind by now trying to make a decision on this. Any thoughts or advise would be GREATLY appreciated.
I'd love to hear from some midwives if possible, I was not sure which board to post on to get responses from professionals.... I am just exhausted over trying to make this decision.
Thank you in advance,
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