Group B Strep (GBS) is a big deal!

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

British citizens and UK residents, please sign this e-petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/60515. This petition was created by Lindsey Nunn whose granddaughter contracted GBS at birth. Currently, pregnant women in the UK are NOT routinely screened for group B strep. This e-petition remains open to signatures until October 2, 2015 and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100,000 signature threshold.

February 2015

gbs-intl_logo heart_FebruaryFebruary is Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! Click here for our resource page.

June 2015

June 28-30 ~ 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 2015

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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