We’re an independent UK charity, formed in 1996 with just three members and one medical adviser. We now have hundreds of members and a highly-respected medical advisory panel. We have grown but our goals remain the same – to prevent preventable life-threatening group B Strep infection in newborn babies.
Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) is a bacterium found in around 25% of people – a part of normal flora of the gut and genital tract. Although it’s usually harmless, it can be passed from mother to newborn baby. For newborn babies, it can be life-threatening.
Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under 2 months despite the fact it is easily preventable. Group B Strep carriage is safe and easy to detect, and good preventative medicine is inexpensive and safe. We should be doing more in the UK.
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Links to key information :
- What is group B Strep?
- Our medical panel’s key recommendations for better prevention of group B Strep infection in newborn babies
- UK guidelines on group B Strep
- The pros and cons of screening
Our Patron is Dr Chris Steele MBE.
He says: “Every pregnant women should know about group B Strep. Being informed could save her baby’s life.“ Dr Chris is a family GP and resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning. He is renowned for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues in the media.