Birth affirmations are a wonderful way to keep your mind in a good place before and during birth. This free website has some printable coloring pages with some great affirmations. There are even some specifically for waterbirth! If you have had a traumatic birth in the past or maybe it's your first one or you just want to enter birth in a very mindful way she also has a free workbook of sorts to work through. There is also a color book about homebirth to read to kids about ages 2-6 or so. All absolutely free! How cool is that?
Group B Strep is a bacterial infection that can cause some serious problems in some of the babies that become colonized. This bacteria is quite common, as a quarter of women have it. It is routinely tested for around 36 weeks of pregnancy and often treated with antibiotics in labor. Even if a woman tests positive it is rare (around 1 in 200) for a baby to get sick from it, even without the antibiotics.
There has been the question of whether it is safe to waterbirth if a woman tests positive for GBS. Does the birth pool become a breeding ground for this potentially dangerous bacteria? This possibility has been cited for hospitals not allowing women to give birth in the water. The question has an answer now that a study has been done on thousands of waterbirths. There were only 1 documented case of early GBS in a baby born in water. In fact, this shows a protective effect! In other words, you're more likely to pass GBS on to your baby in a "dry" birth. It's possible the water washes the fluids off of baby before the bacteria can "take hold" in his system.
Perhaps I can look forward to the day that a woman at my local hospitals doesn't have to get out of the water at 8 centimeters when it's helping her labor. We go into much more detail about GBS, waterbirth, and place of birth choices in my San Angelo childbirth class.
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