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.
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.
New ~ Visit our GBS Instructional Materials for Medical Students page!
Upcoming Events in 2014
May 14 -16 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at booth 516 at the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in Denver, CO. This will be our third year at ACNM!
May 31 ~ Leah’s Legacy/GBSI will have an exhibit table at the Huntsville, Alabama Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expo. This event will be held at the Von Braun Center from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM ~ attendance is free at this event! Please click here for more info!
June 19-21 ~ GBSI will be presenting both an oral and a poster presentation at the Stillbirth Summit 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. This is an amazing and very affordable opportunity for parents, providers, and researchers to collaborate on prevention for the many causes of stillbirth. Please visit our friends at the Star Legacy Foundation to register www.starlegacyfoundation.org!
July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Please check our website for updates as to this health observance month!
August 16 ~ Leah’s Legacy/GBSI will have an exhibit table at the Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expo at the BJCC South Exhibit Hall in Birmingham, AL. This event will be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and attendance is free! Please click here for more info!
October is Prenatal-onset GBS 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!
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