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The doctor will swab your vagina and rectum to screen for bacteria called Group B Streptococcus (GBS). This bacteria affects around 25% of all women. For women, it is harmless, but for newborns, it can be harmful. If a woman tests positive, the chances that it harms her baby is only 1 in 200. Due to the low risk, many hospitals might not offer this as a standard procedure. However, as there are real risks for the baby, which can be avoided with a simple medication during delivery, women are advised to do the test. This test is usually done around week 35.