At your 36 week appointment, we will be drawing another blood sample for a Complete Blood Count (CBC). The CBC tells us important information about your blood- like the concentration of hemoglobin (iron) and the platelet count (blood clotting factor).
The State of Texas requires that midwives test all clients for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B in the 3rd trimester. We will draw labs for this too.
We will also collect a sample for a Group B Strep (GBS) culture. (Actually, we will give you instructions on how to collect the sample yourself.)
You will not need to prepare in advance for any of these tests.
Please read this article from Evidenced Based Birth regarding Group B Strep and treatment options if you test positive.
Or you may download this pdf friendly version below to your computer.