Welcome to Group B Strep Support

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.

Global Giving Campaign – please make a donation to help us improve awareness and knowledge among health professionals, including midwives, obstetricians and GPs.

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We can’t give advice, but we are ready to listen and offer information. So get in touch by email (info@gbss.org.uk) or give us a call on 01444 416 176.

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 Steele MBE 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.