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The Notes.

  • The recommendations in this article are not designed to cheat a test but to actually improve the health of the mother, the integrity of the cervix, and the health of the placenta, fetus and newborn
  • Taking probiotics is not a guarantee of avoiding GBS or other complications related to imbalanced or missing gut flora. Talk with your provider about nutritional measures you can take to support your over-all health.  No amount of probiotics or exercise can undo the effects of a diet high in sugar and processed foods
  • Do get tested between 35 and 37 weeks for GBS. If you still test positive after a sustained period of time taking probiotics, eating a diet low in processed sugars and carbs, and rich in food that looks like it was alive, the colonization is highly likely to be one that needs antibiotic treatment. A pregnant woman who tests positive for group B strep bacteria and gets antibiotics during labor has only a 1 in 4,000 chance of delivering a baby with group B strep disease. If a pregnant woman who tests positive for group B strep bacteria does not get antibiotics at the time of labor, her baby has a 1 in 200 chance of developing group B strep disease.
  • If GBS is found in your Urine during pregnancy, antibiotics can get the high colonization in check. Take probiotics at the same time as you take antibiotics and for the rest of your pregnancy.  The CDC recommends that anyone with GBS in their urine at any point during their pregnancy receive antibiotics during labor
  • Please discuss this information with your provider and work together to find a solution that is right for you. If your provider does not have time to discuss this or other preventative measures with you, there are plenty that will and I highly recommend you shop for the one who will serve you best

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Welcome

…passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare…dedicated to healthcare that meets families where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength…

My name is Jodilyn Owen.

Please review my CV and let me know how we can work together.  I am passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare, and find that midwives do great work on the front lines of public health.  I am dedicated to creating meaningful connections for community-based perinatal healthcare and the larger healthcare system.  Most of all, I love mothers and babies and believe that they have the right to healthcare that meets them where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength.

Contact me with questions or comments, I look forward to talking with you!

Introduction

Midwifery is the confluence of love and justice and healthcare…

My name is Jodilyn Owen.

Please review my CV and let me know how we can work together.  I am passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare, and find that midwives do great work on the front lines of public health.  I am dedicated to creating meaningful connections for community-based perinatal healthcare and the larger healthcare system.  Most of all, I love mothers and babies and believe that they have the right to healthcare that meets them where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength.

Contact me with questions or comments, I look forward to talking with you!