It's a vaginal bacteria that is present, at some times, in healthy vaginas. But, when present around the time of birth, health professionals become concerned about it possibly causing illness in the baby after it is born. In the states, many professionals recommend IV antibiotics to reduce the risk. IV antibiotics have their own risks, including allergic reactions and creating an imbalance of healthy flora in the child's body making them susceptible to illness and limiting the mother's movement during labor (possibly causing birth complications). In many countries, like the UK, there is no group B strep protocol and not all women, even in hospitals, have IV antibiotics, especially if their group b status is unknown. Each woman should do her own research and make her own decision if she is found to have group b strep in her vagina, especially because there are also natural remedies she can try...
at 6:03 AM on Oct. 17, 2010