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Group B Strep International – Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies before birth through early infancy

Group B Strep (GBS) is a big deal!

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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.

"Special thanks to Aayan’s mother for sharing her son’s voice making the grunting sounds which are a common, yet often unrecognized, symptom of GBS meningitis”

“Special thanks to Aayan’s mother for sharing her son’s voice making the grunting sounds which are a common, yet often unrecognized, symptom of GBS meningitis”

GBS Efforts and News around the World!

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month!

gbs-intl_logo heart_February This health observance month is sponsored by GBSI on the US National Health Observance Calendar as well as other health observance calendars around the world. Please click here for our downloadable “HYGIENE” poster and other resources and use #ProtectYourUnbornBaby to show your support!

 

 

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Many types of infections can be prevented with healthy pregnancy behaviors. Use the word “HYGIENE” to make these behaviors routine!

Handwashing helps ~ wash your hands thoroughly after feeding a young child

Yes to prenatal care ~ see your provider right away if you have any vaginitis symptoms

Good food prepared safely ~ avoid soft cheeses if made with unpasteurized milk

Immunizations ~ make sure you get recommended flu shots

Evade others’ bodily fluids – don’t share food and drinks with young children

No to unnecessary invasive procedures ~ membrane stripping can move germs closer to your baby

Environmental precautions ~ walk in the middle of trails to help avoid ticks

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month with Dr. Jamie McGregor — “Doctors of the USA welcomes Dr. Jamie McGregor, a retired Ob/Gyn/infectious disease specialist on the Group B Strep International board, an internationally known now retired clinician and expert consultant, to talk about the epidemiology of GBS. Listen in as he shares how GBS disease can be prevented and the treatment options available.

Fun for children! Teach your children how to set the table (washing their hands first to prevent the spread of germs!) with a downloadable placemat for them to color. CMV and GBS prevention info is on the back for parents and caregivers!

Upcoming Events

June 2017

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!

June 21-23 ~ GBSI board member Dr. James A McGregor – infectious disease specialist and retired OBGYN – will be presenting at the Stillbirth Summit 2017 . His topics include: “LESS BABY TORCHEZ, Behavioral Prevention of Congenital Infections,” presented on the 21st, and “Fathers’ Roles in Optimizing Reproductive Outcomes,” date to be announced. GBSI will also be presenting three posters:

  • “How Do Microorganisms Gain Access into the Upper Reproductive Tract?”
  • “Logic Model-Informed Preconception Care Package for the Los Angeles to Increase Pregnancy Health and Reduce Risks of Reproductive Losses and Morbidities”
  • “Collaborative Creation of ‘WASH HANDS’ Learning Aide for Primary Prevention of CMV Infection during Pregnancy and Childcare.”

This event is the premier event focused on stillbirth research and prevention! Join internationally acclaimed researchers from around the world who share our passion for preventing these tragedies.

July 2017

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July is international Group B Strep awareness month! Find out some creative ways you can help bring awareness within your community.

 

Past Events

Our past events can be viewed in our Event Archive.  Please see all we’ve accomplished with your support!

Donations

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!

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