Patient Comments: Group B Strep - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: GroupBSurvivor91, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I was born May 25th 1991 with group B streptococcus. Within the first week that I was born I was rushed back to the hospital where my doctor told my parents that I had the infection. I was immediately taken from them where I was then hooked up to many machines as well as hooked up to a heart monitor and seizure monitor. My parents told me that I am very lucky to be alive. I stayed in the hospital for two weeks fighting the infection not even a month old. Both of my parents remind me every day about how fortunate I am to be here, and I believe I am as well. With all of the medication I took I'm really lucky to be here. I am now 22 with a son of my own who was not born with the infection and I am so grateful for that.

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Comment from: priscilla, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was 30 weeks pregnant when my twin boys were delivered by C-section. Four hours before delivery my nurse told me my oldest son's heart rate had increased. The doctor came to my room with an ultrasound machine and we both watched him for an hour. My son was not breathing or moving. I knew something was wrong, but I did not know what. After he was born, the doctor said "he was just sleeping." After suffering from a fever overnight, I was finally able to see my boys in the NICU late in the evening. The NICU nurse told me he had strep B and my heart sank. I asked the nurse how this can be; he was delivered by C-section. The nurse told me I had strep B and took an antibiotic before surgery. It was too late for my son to feel the effect of the antibiotic. I knew I had placenta abruption but to add strep B to it made things worse. I was upset the blood test was not done earlier to prevent him from getting the infection. I am glad he recovered from the infection within a week and will be one year old in two weeks. Thankfully my youngest son did not get the infection but was given antibiotics as a precaution.

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Comment from: tdopp, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

In 2004 I found out I was a group B strep carrier when I went in for my 20 week routine ultrasound. During the ultrasound they found I was starting to dilate and sent me to the hospital to meet with high risk obstetrician. They did an amino and it came back positive for infection. Somehow the group B strep crossed the membranes and infected the amniotic sac. My water broke the next morning and we chose to induce labor. Our baby boy was born at 21 weeks and lived with us for about a half hour after birth. I personally feel that although rare this can happen and testing at 35 weeks is too late. I miscarried the following year and finally 23 months later we had a healthy baby boy. I took antibiotics throughout my pregnancy after my first trimester knowing it was a viable pregnancy. I was positive before taking the antibiotics and negative at my 35 week test. When I had my fist baby my state did not routinely test for it during pregnancy. My oldest was hospitalized when he was only seven weeks old. In hindsight, most doctors now think it was secondary onset of Group B that caused his unknown fever and hospitalized him for 2 days.

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Comment from: poh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I tested negative at 36 weeks for strep B, but when my daughter was born, we both were very ill with strep B. My water had broken and then I was in labor for 18 hours, before finally doing an emergency C-section. My daughter had to be resuscitated at birth and has learning disabilities. We were lucky that she lived. She spent 10 days in the hospital, I spent 5. I was so sick the first 2 days that I was not coherent. After that experience, I was scared to have my next child. I had scheduled deliveries with antibiotics before the deliveries. My next 2 children are fine. If my daughter ever had children, I would have her take antibiotics before the delivery as a precaution. I have always had yeast infections, so that was interesting to learn that there is relation. I wonder if men can be carriers of strep B.

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Comment from: kelik, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I thought I had a yeast infection so I called and my doctor, who gave me 3 days of Diflucan. I went in to see the doctor because my symptoms had improved but not gone away. They did a pap test and the only thing they found was group B strep. I don't understand how or why I have a group B infection in my vagina.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: May 20

Within 3 weeks after my daughter's birth she became I'll and I was told she had meningitis due to strep bacteria. It left her blind, with cerebral palsy and severely retarded. She died at age 16. I was never told how she contracted it. At the time we had assumed somebody with strep throat had gotten in contact with her. I found out myself later what Group B Strep was and asked my doctors to test me for group B strep in my other 3 pregnancies. From then on I begged every pregnant woman I met to spend the $25 for the test. When my younger daughter became pregnant, she was tested at 37 weeks and tested negative. So you can imagine my horror when my newborn grandson was diagnosed with Group B Step when he was 3 hours old. He was talking to a bigger hospital 60 miles away where he was treated for a week than sent back to our small town hospital where he stayed another week. I am so glad to report he fully recovered and doesn't have any lasting affects. He is a smart, bright and oh so cute 2 1/2 year old and I am a very happy grandmother.

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