It is thought that babies are most often infected with GBS as they pass through the birth canal. But if they are born via c-section, avoid the birth canal, is your baby safe?
If you are having a planned C-section, talk to your provider about the risks vs. benefits of starting IV antibiotics well before your incision. C-sections may not completely prevent GBS infection although the risk during a planned C-section is extremely low if performed before your labor starts and before your water breaks.
Should you be tested for GBS even if you have a planned c-section? Yes. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says testing for GBS should still be done in the instance as labor may occur before the planned C-section takes place. If you have tested positive for GBS, your baby may need to be monitored for GBS infection after birth.
Be aware that your womb and/or C-section wound can become infected by GBS.