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.
Upcoming Events & News
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. This event is organized in memory of Leah who lived only 6 days due to prenatal-onset GBS disease.
August 30 ~ Jalen’s Gift Foundation will be hosting a Pregnancy and Infant Care Health Fair in Henderson, NV including information on group B strep disease prevention! Please click their Health Fair Flyer for more info—Jalen’s parents have organized this foundation in memory of their son who was stillborn due to GBS.
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!
October 4 ~ Leah’s Legacy’s second annual “Run for Their Lives” will be held in Bessemer, AL to held raise funds for Leah’s Legacy many projects including their partnership with GBSI to distribute materials to all pregnant women throughout the State of Alabama. Click here to learn more about their partnership and here to register!
February is Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! Click here for our resource page.
June 26-30 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) conference in National Harbor, MD. This will be our fourth year exhibiting at ACNM!
October 9-14 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Vancouver, Canada. This will be GBSI’s second time exhibiting at this triennial conference!
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