Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) is a bacterium commonly found in approximately 25% of humans, usually in the human digestive system and genital tract. Normally harmless, it can be passed to newborn babies around birth, and for the relatively small number of babies who develop group B Strep infection, it can be very serious. Most group B Strep infections in newborn babies are preventable – easily, safely and cheaply. Follow the links below for more information:
- Group B Strep
- Our medical panel’s key recommendations for better prevention for GBS infection in newborn babies
- UK guidelines on group B Strep
- The pros and cons of screening
GBS in the News
After the death of a baby, Dr Chris Steele MBE called for routine Strep B testing. Dr. Chris, is well known as the resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and is trusted by millions for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues. Watch him speak about group B Strep.More media coverage can be found on the Media page.
Share your views
Please take a survey about testing for group B Strep. You can complete the survey anonymously. We will share the results widely, online and elsewhere.
Please sign and share a 2014 petition calling for better prevention of group B Strep infection in newborn babies.
- Offer information and support to families affected by group B Strep;
- Inform health professionals and individuals how most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented; and
- Generate continued support for research into preventing group B Strep infections in newborn babies.
Dr Chris Steele MBE,
TV doctor & Group B Strep Support Patron
Dr Chris Steele MBE says “Life-threatening group B Strep infection in newborn babies can usually be prevented – get informed and protect your baby.” “I’d like to see every pregnant woman in the UK offered a sensitive test for group B Strep on the NHS – this is a routine part of antenatal care in many countries including Germany, France, Canada, Spain & the USA. Until then, raising awareness is the key to saving babies’ lives. I’d urge any pregnant woman to get informed about group B Strep, and get tested.”
Dr Chris Steele MBE, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, is Group B Strep Support’s Patron. Known & trusted by millions, family GP Dr Chris is renowned for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues in the media.