The Beta Strep test during pregnancy

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, David Miller, MD, explains what Beta Strep is during pregnancy, how it is treated, and its possible consequences
The Beta Strep Test During Pregnancy
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The Beta Strep test during pregnancy

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What is Beta Strep? How do we test for it? And what do we do if the test is positive? Well, Beta Strep, also known as Group B Streptococcus, is a type of bacteria. It's important in obstetrics because there's the potential for transmission of infection from the mother to the baby at the time of birth, and that can lead to serious newborn infections. To try to prevent this obstetricians test the mother for Group B Strep during pregnancy and treat with antibiotics during labor if the test is positive, or if she meets other strict criteria.

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, David Miller, MD, explains what Beta Strep is during pregnancy, how it is treated, and its possible consequences

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David Miller, MD

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

David A. Miller, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  He is the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Director of the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal Fetal Health, a unique alliance of medical leaders from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC, specializing in interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of complex fetal abnormalities.  Dr. Miller graduated from USC, attended medical school at the University of Arkansas, did his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and came back to USC for fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology).  He has been a researcher, clinician and educator at USC for more than 20 years.  Dr. Miller has published extensively in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has won numerous awards and honors including Best Doctors in America from 2001-present.

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