Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.
Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die. Even babies born to moms who test negative can become infected by group B strep.
Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep. This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.
October is Prenatal-onset Group B Strep (POGBS) Disease Recognition Month
Most medical literature refers to two types of GBS disease in babies: early-onset (the first week of life) and late-onset (after the first week of life through several months of age). However, GBS can infect babies BEFORE birth causing miscarriage/stillbirth, preterm birth, and babies born very sick at birth. Please visit our webpage on Prenatal-onset GBS Disease for more information and share our thought-provoking slides to promote productive conversations between patients and providers:
To help support our POGBS disease awareness and prevention efforts, Tikvah Rose Creations has designed several gift/keepsake memory boxes with our precious babies in mind and will send a portion of the sales to GBSI. Please click here to shop and in turn support GBSI!
Upcoming Events & News
February is Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! Click here for our resource page.
June 26-30 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) conference in National Harbor, MD. This will be our fourth year exhibiting at ACNM!
October 9-14 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Vancouver, Canada. This will be GBSI’s second time exhibiting at this triennial conference!
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