I was GBS positive with 3 of my last 4 babies. With my last 2 it was detected early in my pregnancy in my urine. So far, I have not tested positive for this one and it is unlikely they are going to test my urine again. I have seen several posts about moms treating prophylactically at home in order to "beat" the GBS screen initially, or after having tested positive the first time to clear it up in order to test negative on the rescreen, or to treat to avoid the anitbiotics in labor. But is that for mom's benefit to not have to deal with arguing with the hospital about the antibiotics or is it actually beneficial/important to the health of the baby?
I'm delivering in a free standing birth center and I have the option to skip the screen all together or I can do the screen and then decide based on my results decide whether or not I want the antibiotics. I already know I'm not going to do the antibiotics. However, is there a benefit to doing the screening? If I am positive for GBS is it important for the safety of the baby to treat the GBS? I know your GBS status can change between screening and delivery too, so even if I test negative at 36 weeks or whenever they do it, I could still be positive at delivery. Should I just treat for GBS at like 39 weeks regardless and skip the screening?