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.
GBS Efforts around the World!
US parents, Kym and Kirk Wheeler, are hosting a Stella & Dot “shop for a cause” trunkshow to raise GBS awareness and funds for GBSI in honor of the 10th anniversary of losing their son, Dylan, to GBS. Click here to shop online in honor of Dylan and help prevent other babies from becoming infected by GBS!
UK mum, Kim Poulton, is petitioning for GBS screening to be routine for all pregnant women in the UK. Please read, share, and sign.
May 23-25 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) 61st Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Please visit us at booth #111. This will be GBSI’s fifth year in a row at ACNM!
July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month! Visit our page on how you can help create GBS awareness in your community!
Use #InternationalGBSAwareness to spread the word!
September is Sepsis Awareness Month, sponsored by Sepsis Alliance, with September 13 declared World Sepsis Day by the Global Sepsis Alliance as sepsis (infection in the blood) is a worldwide health problem for people of all ages.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), group B strep is the leading cause of sepsis in newborns in the USA. Click here for more information on how to help protect your baby from group B strep and here for more information on how to help protect your baby from other germs that can also cause sepsis.
October is Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month! Until recently, only early-onset (birth to 1 week of age) and late-onset (1 week +) GBS disease has been recognized, but GBS can infect babies throughout pregnancy. Please visit and share our prenatal-onset GBS disease resource page.
Use #RecognizePrenatal-onsetGBSdisease to help protect babies before birth!
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.
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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!