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Childbirth: Strep Infections During Delivery

Overview

Group B strep infection is caused by a type of bacteria. It's a different kind of bacteria than the kind that causes strep throat.

You may have this kind of bacteria in your body. Sometimes it may cause an infection, but most of the time it doesn't make you sick or cause symptoms. But if you pass the bacteria to your baby during the birth, it can cause serious health problems for your baby.

If you have this bacteria in your body, you will get antibiotics when you are in labor. Antibiotics help prevent problems for a newborn baby.

After birth, doctors will watch and may test your baby. If your baby tests positive for Group B strep, your baby will get antibiotics.

If you plan to breastfeed your baby, don't worry. It will be safe to breastfeed.

Credits

Current as of: February 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology