OK. So that was not so brief a pause after all. Whoo.
But I am moving on here, perhaps to even more controversial territory in this serialized tale about a journey back to the future, with a home VBAC.
One of the bigger questions I was facing was: What to do about having a Strep B test? Did I need it? Did I want it? Is it necessary? What were the homeopathic options and were they effective?
I knew that testing positive for Strep B COULD prove fatal to a newborn, which might pick up the bacteria on its way down the birth canal.
These were some of the homeopathtic options up for consideration -- things one might do prophylactically, in place of being tested.
500-1000 mg Vitamin C with bioflavinoids, twice per day.
Vitamin C is water soluble and extra is excreted by the kidneys.
Eat cranberries and garlic daily; or take cranberry capsules and garlic pearls three times per day.
Plenty of live culture yogurt; or Acidophilus capsules daily.
Bee propolus; or tincture.
Echinacea is very Strep specific, according to one source. As a preventative, use 10-15 drops of tincture in a glass of water twice a day for a minimum of five days. [As a curative, use two cups of E. infusion daily for five days followed by one cup daily for another five days. Continue for a full ten days. If only the tincture is available, use 1 drop per two pound of body weight. (ie.. 150 pound Mama = 75 drops.) Repeat the dose three to four times a day until fever abates, then two times a day for an additional week.]
Estragalus tincture ½ tsp or one dropper full 2 times a day. Can use equal parts with Echinacea tincture.
Note: Tinctures can be purchased in either a glycerine or alcohol base. Might have to special order glycerine based tinctures.
VAGINAL RINSES FOR GROUP B BETA STREP:
Do not douche in pregnancy. Rinse. Go easy. Separate labia and spray externally. Rinse anal area also. Remember to treat your partner.
1. Thyme, Rosemary, Calendula, Yarrow: Mix equal parts of herbs in a bowl.
Take 6 tablespoons of mixture and add 1 quart of boiling water. Infuse in covered
container 4 hours. Strain into a clean jar. Discard herbs.
Use 1 ½-2 cups per time as a rinse.
Optional: Add ¼ cup sea salt, 10 drops of lavender oil, 1 oz Echinacea tincture.
2. Echinacea infusion.
3. After 37 weeks, use Golden Seal gel capsules, deep in the vagina, if possible up
behind the cervix (not in cervix). Can cause uterine contractions.You can use these infusions for Sitz baths too.
4. Some practitioners recommend a very dilute solution of Hibiclens (an over-the-counter product which has in it an antimicrobial skin cleaner), Hydrogen Peroxide (food grade), or a very dilute solution of bleach: one teaspoon in a quart of water as a genital area rinse.
VAGINAL SUPPOSITORY RECIPE:
Place 1 cup Echinacea agustifolia root, cut; 1 cup Usnea lichen, cut; and 1 cup Calendula flowers in a quart jar.
Melt 8 oz. cocoa butter with 16 oz. coconut oil; pour over herbs.
Heat-infuse by placing the covered jar in a crockpot; add water to immerse the jar three-quarters of the way; set on low and cook 12-24 hours. Cool and strain.
To 1 cup of the infused oil add 1 tablespoon of these herbs: Slippery Elm Bark, Comfry Root, and Marshmallow Root.
Add 20 drops of these essential oils: Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree.
Chill slightly in an ice cube tray. When blocks are solid, cut them into quarters.
Insert one small cube into vagina before bed.
Use cotton underpants.
Use vinegar or baking soda in the rinse cycle of washing machine when washing your
Change your underpants (or panty liner) if damp. Best to go without - to air out!
Use warm water wash from squeeze bottle after pooping, then pat yourself dry.
Beta strep can be more prevalent in conjunction with urinary track infection. Urine should be checked for B-strep in this case.
Yeast infection conditions can give rise to increased Beta strep population.
So...what to do? Sit in a bucket of bleach????