It’s this sort of weird service where they get a company to sponsor a “special health feature” and then they show up on USA Today in a little box. They did one on GBS and interviewed me for one of the stories. A Father’s Tragic Story
A few weeks ago Michelle Goldberg interviewed me about a piece she was doing on the dangers of homebirth… it went up today: Home Birth Increasingly Popular But Dangerous
I just noticed this post over at The Skeptical OB that I wish I’d seen back in 2009! Of course, I couldn’t have, because it turns out, it quotes me!
Rhianna just commented on the gbs and alternative remedies post: Hi there! I was just reading your blog. You are correct in saying there is so little out there about the Dangers of GBS… my son was born just 2 weeks before your Wren, he got pneumonia caused my GBS also. Luckily, we were in [...]
Guggie Daly posted a comment: I’m sorry for your loss! I wish that along with the routine testing and routine administration of antibiotics, the CDC would compel doctors to share the warning signs/symptoms with EVERY mother. Antibiotics given during labor are not 100% effective, but the false sense of security can lead to a fast, [...]
About three months ago Marti from Group B Strep International asked if I would be interested in writing up something about all the various “alternative remedies” and “alternative treatments” for GBS and how effective they were. I said “sure!” And here it is, 3 months later (also available as a 1-page word doc): Group B [...]
The CDC updated their GBS guidelines today.. which is a pretty big deal! They first released their guidelines in 1996, then updated them in 2002, and now updated them again today. The full recommendations are here. The summary of the key changes are: • expanded recommendations on laboratory methods for the identification of GBS, • [...]
I made this because I think the CDC one (and other’s I’ve seen) are kind of confusing. Hopefully this one is better.. it’s 100% functionally the same as the CDC recommendations. You can download it as a PDF here too! And don’t forget my (now recently updated) GBS frequently asked questions doc here!
Here’s what I’ve sort of come up with as sort of the “crucial” GBS info parents-to-be should know. Download as Word Doc (3 pages, 90K) Group B Streptococcus (GBS) and Pregnancy In summary: Every mother is tested for GBS bacteria around 35-37 weeks [ 1 ] (unless GBS was already detected in a urine test, [...]
We got the autopsy back for Wren (I’ve scanned it as a pdf here) and it turns out he died of pneumonia due to Group B Strep. Everything else about him was perfect.