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 (στα Ελληνικά) (en español) . This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.
October is Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month! Please visit and share our prenatal-onset GBS disease resource page which covers knowledge-based strategies to help protect babies from GBS BEFORE birth.
Join our Twibbon campaign and show your support by adding the GBS awareness ribbon to your profile picture…
…and tweet #PrenatalonsetGBSDiseaseHappens to bring awareness to prenatal-onset GBS infections! We’re @GroupBStrep.
All of our materials are complimentary and can be ordered or downloaded here. GBSI’s brochures and tear sheets have patient information to help prevent GBS disease before birth through early infancy. Please see the sections, “How can I help protect my baby during pregnancy?” for knowledge-based strategies to help protect babies from prenatal-onset GBS disease.
GBS Efforts and News around the World!
- UK mum, Kim Poulton, is petitioning for GBS screening to be routine for all pregnant women in the UK. Please read, share, and sign.
- Special thanks to Shelene and Chris Keith for donating 50% of the ongoing proceeds of Shelene’s inspirational audio book , “The Beginning of Heaven, a Captivating True Story of Heaven and Back” to GBSI!
February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! Click here to find out how to help protect your baby from many of the most common types of infection.
June 18-22 ~ GBSI will exhibiting at the 31st ICM Triennial Congress in Toronto, Canada! This will be our first time exhibiting at this congress which represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. What an excellent opportunity to speak with attendees from 116 midwifery associations, representing 102 countries across every continent!
Our past events can be viewed in our Event Archive. Please see all we’ve accomplished with your support!
As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, we rely on your donations to enable us to create and distribute GBS awareness materials. Please help save babies and their families from the devastation of GBS disease!