What are a mother's risk factors for developing GBS disease?

  • Positive culture for GBS colonization at 35-37 weeks
  • Having already had a baby who had a GBS infection
  • Having a positive GBS culture prior to or during another pregnancy
  • GBS bacteria in urine (bacteriuria, either with or without symptoms)
  • Membrane rupture (having your "water break") more than 18 hours before delivery
  • Labor or membrane rupture before 37 weeks
  • Developing a fever in labor (higher than 100.4 F)
  • Black race
  • PAge less than 20 years

The baby's doctor and nurse should be told if the mother has any of the above risk factors.

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