Week 33: A trigger

Ok, now I am freaking out just a little.

I was sort of psyching myself up to the GBS swab for this entire pregnancy, and also sort of ignoring it.

Now I found out there is not only a vaginal but an anal swab too. I don’t think I can handle letting someone do that, and thinking about it just makes me feel completely triggered and like I want to avoid the entire thing.

I don’t know if my midwife will be ok with it, but I am feeling now like the only way I could handle doing this is to do it myself.

What are my options? I could:

– Forgo the whole thing. This means I won’t know my GBS status and if I transferred to the hospital they’d assume I was positive and dose the baby. If I had it at home we would keep a close eye on the baby for symptoms, just as we would if I were positive and declined antibiotics (which I feel like I might).

– Ask to do it myself. She could say no.

– Skip it this visit and try to do it next time. If I went into late preterm labor then this might weaken an argument for having a 35-36 weeker at home. Would it?

– Just do it.

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About investigatingbirth

My investigations of birth began in 2009 when I was trained as a doula. I helped women consider the evidence on common interventions, and helped them prepare for the physical and emotional challenge of giving birth. After some time it became clear to me that there was another type of challenge that I was unable to adequately prepare them for, the challenge of the maternity system. But it was only after my own traumatic birth in 2013 that I realized how little I had understood. I began to ask questions that few around me - doulas, nurses, midwives, doctors - were comfortable hearing. Questions like: Under what circumstances, and for what reasons, do doctors not practice informed consent? How do hospitals deal with other patient populations vulnerable to abuse? How does loss of professional autonomy, for obstetricians, and professional authority, for midwives, impact the quality of care they are capable of providing - regardless of their training? This blog will collect noteworthy information that attempts to answer these and other questions. Most of what you see here will be aggregated from other sources and analyzed. You will also see original interviews, and the occasional opinion piece or personal story, as I try to piece together a clear picture of the system in which American women give birth.
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