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Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies - however, most of these horrible infections can be prevented. Many western countries test women for GBS late in pregnancy, and then offer those found to carry GBS intravenous antibiotics in labour. This is hugely effective at stopping GBS infections in newborn babies.

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Most hospitals have a protocol for treating women whose babies are at higher risk of developing GBS infection with intravenous antibiotics in labour which will make sure the risk to your baby is tiny so your baby is born healthy.

For this reason it is really important that you go to the hospital at the first sign of labor. My mom had GBS when she was pregnant with me back in 1987. According to her, they didn't check for it back then, and it was passed onto me. It caused me to get pneumonia, and if it wasn't for ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), I would have died. Thankfully, they have gotten smarter since then and check for this ahead of time. They are also a lot more experienced to deal with babies who do get GBS.

That doesn't mean its bad. yes it can get the baby sick but that is why they check it. Its just a bacteria that some girls grow in their vagina( i know sounds gross but its true) if you have it they will put you on an IV so it gets treated when you are delivering your baby and he/she does not get sick from it.

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