Group B Strep International is conducting a survey of mothers (with and without a baby infected by group B strep) to identity the gaps in awareness and prevention of group B strep (GBS) disease in babies. GBS is a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in babies worldwide and can harm babies during pregnancy through several months of age.
If you have had a baby infected by GBS, we are very sorry for your experience, but are very grateful that you wish to help. If you are a mother of baby who did not become infected, we congratulate you on the addition to your family and thank you for taking the time to provide very valuable information to help us understand what may have prevented your baby from becoming infected by group B strep. For the results of this study to be relevant, we need a large number of mothers whose babies were likely conceived on or after January 1, 2003 to tell us about their most recent pregnancy and birth experience. If you have had a baby who was infected by GBS, we would also like to know about your experience with any other babies in the same pregnancy and/or the most recent of any previous babies likely conceived on or after January 1, 2003.
We encourage you to pass the link for this survey on to other mothers who might be willing to participate. This survey takes approximately __ minutes to complete for each pregnancy experience.
If you would like to receive the results of this study or be contacted for future studies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your participation!
Note to GBS parents: In an effort to identify the gaps in GBS care, we are only studying pregnancies that were likely conceived on or after January 1, 2003 since the US CDC guidelines recommending routine GBS screening for all pregnant women were issued on August 16, 2002 with an approximate six month implementation time for providers. However, we welcome you to share your GBS experience on our website or join us on Facebook.
We have not included subsequent pregnancies after a GBS-infected baby in this particular study in the consideration that there would likely be a different standard of care given. However, it is our sincere hope that your GBS experience hasn’t held you back from having more children (also known as “rainbow babies”), if desired. Learn how others have dealt with subsequent pregnancies or submit your own story.