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. 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”

 

Upcoming Events

February 2015

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

During February use #ProtectYourUnbornBaby to show your support!

Take our Prenatal Infection Quiz and test your knowledge of prenatal infections!

March 2015

March 20-22 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the Midwifery Today conference in Eugene, OR. This will be GBSI’s first time sharing our GBS materials with the many midwives and doulas who will be attending!

March 28~ Orange Beach, AL will be the second stop for the GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

April 2015

April 18~ GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant will be in Enterprise, AL on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

May 2015

May 9~ GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant will be in Huntsville, AL on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

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!

July 2015

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July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month! Check back for awareness activities around the globe and visit our page on how you can help create GBS awareness in your community!

Use #InternationalGBSAwareness to spread the word!

July 11~ GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant will be in Mobile, AL on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

August 2015

August 8~ GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant will be in Birmingham, AL on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

September 2015

September 19~  GBS moms Bevin Tomlin, Brianne Harrison, Megan Sheehy, Alicia Cassady, and Kylie Vinsant will be in MS Gulfcoast, Mississippi on their exhibit tour with Babypalooza!  Leah’s Legacy is partnering with GBSI to distribute GBS awareness and prevention materials across the states of Alabama and Mississippi! Please click here for more info!

October 2015

prenatal_awareness_month_12-inchOctober 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 #RecognizePOGBS to help protect babies before birth!

October 2 ~ Deadline for British citizens and UK residents to sign this e-petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/60515 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 will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100,000 signature threshold.

October 4-8 ~ 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! Stop by and see us at booth 840!

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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Josh Jones and Marti Perhach

Black Midwives & Healers Conference 2010, Long Beach, CA

Josh Jones and Marti Perhach

ACNM 2013

Dr. Jamie McGregor and GBS mom, Gaby Foster, give information to new friends at CREOG & APGO.

CREOG & APGO 2013

Dr. Jamie McGregor and GBS mom, Gaby Foster, give information to new friends at CREOG & APGO.
Thanks to Bevin Tomlin for organizing exhibits at Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expos across Alabama!

GBSI Babypalooza 2013

Thanks to Bevin Tomlin for organizing exhibits at Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expos across Alabama!

CREOG & APGO 2014

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