We’re an independent UK charity, formed to help prevent preventable group B Strep infections in newborn babies.
Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) is a bacterium found in around 20-25% of people – a part of normal flora of the gut and genital tract. Although usually harmless, it can be passed from mother to her baby around birth. The large majority of babies do not develop group B Strep infection, but for those who do, it can be life-threatening.
Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months – yet it is usually easily preventable. Finding out whether a Mum is carrying group B Strep late in pregnancy is safe and easy, as is good preventative medicine (antibiotics in labour). We need to be doing more in the UK.
A petition to the UK Government, created by Lindsey Nunn, closed on 10 February 2015 with over 53,000 signatures. Click here to be taken to the petition. Perhaps, given the very specific subject matter, MPs will support a debate in the House of Commons anyway – we can only ask. If you’d like to contact your parliamentary representative, then please click here for information on how to do that.
Is getting closer…..NHS Change Day in March provides an opportunity for so many people to come together and help make a difference in improving the care and wellbeing of those who use the NHS. Our call to action to mark #NHSChangeDay is empowering health professionals to make sure that expectant and new parents have all the information they need about group B Strep to make an #informedchoice. To find out more, click here.
Dr Chris 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.
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
- Current UK guidelines on group B Strep
- The pros and cons of different preventative strategies