Presented by Marti Perhach, BS
Measurable Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to…
1. Recall the three distinct time periods in which GBS can infect babies
2. Discuss whether or not the term should include infections in babies born live, but likely infected prior to the mothers’ water breaking or labor starting
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Marti Perhach, BS
Marti Perhach cofounded Group B Strep International (GBSI) in 2006. Previously she had served as President for GBSI's sister organization, The Jesse Cause, since 1999. GBSI was cofounded to expand the scope and audience of the GBS awareness campaign. She also serves as GBSI’s CEO. Her background is Business Administration with a major in Hotel & Restaurant Management and a minor in Marketing from Cal Poly Pomona. Marti enjoys organizing conference exhibits to share information on how to help protect babies from group B strep disease. Marti's daughter, Rose, was stillborn in 1998 due to POGBSD.
10/14/2018 01:28:12 pm
Welcome to the 1st Annual Virtual Symposium on Prenatal-onset Group B Strep Disease! I look forward to your comments and perspective on how you think prenatal-onset group B strep disease should be defined.
10/15/2018 03:15:50 pm
Here in the UK prenatal-onset GBS is not a reocognised term, thus indicating that
10/15/2018 08:47:56 pm
Thanks, Kim! I agree -- recognition is the first step. We have over 200 people joining us for this symposium with more registering every day from all around the world. My hope is that the synergy of what each person learns and shares will spread recognition of POGBSD far and wide--for Faith and Rose and all of our babies.
10/17/2018 04:14:11 am
I fully agree that it needs more recognition and more research because I am really finding it hard to believe the accuracy of the 'rareness'. Many people I've shared my story with have come back with it happening to them ranging from misscarage, to stillbirths. A few people I've spoken to have explained they didn't go ahead with autopsy and makes me wonder the actual statistics of how POGBSD cases. I've attempted to look for statistics on POGBSD but have come up with nothing.
10/18/2018 08:45:50 pm
Glad if we could help in any way. Thank you for all of your support, Tracey.
10/18/2018 08:56:20 pm
Also, two recent studies have estimated GBS fetal infections/stillbirths. One estimates 57,000 (UR, 12,000 to 104,000) fetal infections/stillbirths worldwide (1) and the other estimates 0% to 12.1% of all stillbirths (2). According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually."
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