3 Things Every New York Mother Needs to Know About Group B Strep


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4/2/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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Approximately 25% of expecting mothers have Group B Strep. While Group B Strep is not dangerous to the mother, it can be deadly for a newborn.

Since Group B Strep is so common and the potential effects for newborns are so serious, each New York birth injury lawyer in our office recommends that expectant parents know that:
  1. The CDC recommends routine testing of all pregnant women for Group B Strep. This testing often occurs between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  2. Approximately 1 in 200 babies will get sick from Group B Strep if the mothers are not treated with antibiotics. That number drops to 1 in 4,000 with antibiotic treatment.
  3. The consequences of not treating Group B Strep may include pneumonia, meningitis or death for a newborn.

As an expectant mother, you may not be able to prevent having Group B Strep, but there are things that your doctor can do to minimize the threat of Group B Strep for your child. Specifically, antibiotics delivered by IV are recommended during labor and delivery.

If your child has been hurt by Group B Strep, or any other prenatal infection, please call a New York birth injury attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today for a free consultation.

Category: Prenatal Infections


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