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.
July has been designated as International Group B Strep Awareness Month on the US National Health Observance Calendar and is observed in many countries around the world.
Visit our page on how you can help create GBS awareness in your community!
Our July awareness ribbon logo is downloadable here in English, Spanish, or Greek – perfect for your social media profile picture – and our GBS website banner is downloadable here! Use #InternationalGBSAwareness to spread the word!
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.
- Another UK mum calls for GBS testing after her baby dies of this often preventable infection. View the article in the BBC News here.
- This is a recent picture taken at the 2nd European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress showing Dr. David Aronoff presenting his research on GBS infections. Dr. Aronoff directs a program on maternal-child health at Vanderbilt University and his own research interest is focused on GBS. His lab is trying to understand how GBS manages to cause infections during pregnancy. Many thanks to Dr. Aronoff and his lab team for their work to help prevent GBS disease in babies!
- Just published in MDNEWS ~ Probiotics Show Promise for Reducing Late-onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants. Thank you to Dr. Kanic and his fellow research colleagues in Slovenia for their work to help prevent bacterial infections!
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 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.
September 7-10 ~ Dr. James A. McGregor will be giving a talk on the “Recognition of Pathogenic Pathways to Intrauterine Infection: Keys to Identifying Testable Primary Prevention Strategies” at the 2016 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS, and Baby Survival in Montevideo, Uruguay! GBSI will also be presenting five posters there on the following topics:
- “Preparing to Offer ‘Reduced Discomfort’ Vaccination Services in ‘Medical Home’ Obstetrical/Gynecological Practice: Can You Make Vaccinations Painless?”
- “Primary Prevention of Preterm Birth Associated with Prevalent Reproductive Tract Infection: A Critical Time and Treatment Analysis Focusing on Bacterial Vaginosis and Abnormal Vaginal Microflora”
- “Development of Working Definitions of Prenatal-onset Group B Streptococcal (POGBS) Disease Using ‘Internet Commons’ Group B Strep (GBS) Parent and Provider Sources”
- “Primary Prevention of Fetal Death and Congenital Infection Caused by Maternal Infection Using a Checklist-enabled Acronym Prompt ‘LESS BABY TORCHES’ “
- “Use of Crowd-sourced Requests to Inform a Logic Model Analysis of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) as a Preventable Cause of Fetal/Perinatal (Prenatal-onset and Early-onset) Morbidity and Mortality”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to sponsor a poster in memory or honor of your baby!
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.
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!
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