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My little boy had late-onset GBS infection

I had the GBS screening during pregnancy and tested negative (Mum lives in Australia where GBS screening is routine in 5 of the 6 states). I then had a hugely traumatic birth. 48-hour labour forceps delivery and my baby ended up with 2 skull fractures and intracranial bleeding, which he fully recovered from. I [...]

By | February 5th, 2017|Baby fully recovered from GBS infection|0 Comments

Biotech company MinervaX announces positive results from Phase 1 GBS vaccine trials

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, today (5th January) announced positive results from a Phase I trial in 240 healthy adult women with its protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. “We are delighted that MinervaX is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group B [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

New partnership with HiberGene Diagnostics

Group B Strep Support is delighted to announce a partnership with healthcare company HiberGene Diagnostics to help pregnant women to test for group B Strep – the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. One in four pregnant women is unknowingly carrying group B Strep bacteria, which causes meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Looking back on 2016

As we pause between the Christmas and New Year holidays, it's a great time to take a minute to look back on 2016 and to thank everyone who helped make it such an amazing year. Why Guess? Campaign Parliamentary Launch On 30 November, we were delighted to kick-start our Why Guess ... [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Helpline at Christmas

Our Helpline (01444 416176 or info@gbss.org.uk) is open: Friday, 23rd December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Wednesday, 28th December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Thursday, 29th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Friday, 30th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Tuesday, 3rd January - 9.15am to 3.00pm The Helpline is closed on 26-27 December and 2nd January.   [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

“Why doesn’t Group B Strep Support pay for ECM tests?”

We are sometimes asked if we provide grants towards part or all of the cost of the private enriched culture medium (ECM) test for group B Strep carriage. This isn't something we do, or are currently planning to do. We thought we'd share how we reached our current position. It’s something we have discussed since the charity’s founding [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|2016, Blog, Latest News|0 Comments

Baby Loss Awareness 9 – 15 October

Baby Loss Awareness Week is dedicated to those who have been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy, birth or after birth. During the week of the 9 to 15 October, people are uniting across the UK to show their support for one another. Bereaved parents can commemorate their babies’ all-too-brief lives, knowing that thousands of parents elsewhere [...]

By | September 29th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Baby Loss Awareness 9 – 15 October

New possibilities for future prevention of group B Strep infection in babies

New research, published in Clinical & Translational Immunology, suggest that certain a certain type of sugar - oligosaccharides - found in human milk (HMOs or Human Milk Oligosaccharides) may have a role in the prevention and clearance of maternal GBS colonisation during pregnancy. As the authors say: "Once additional studies have been undertaken to validate these results, [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Joining a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) by Guest Kim Poulton

Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, and the charity Group B Strep Support is very close to my heart. I found out I carried group B Strep after my daughter was sadly stillborn at full term plus 9 days. My precious daughter, Faith, was stillborn on [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|2016, Latest News|0 Comments

Sir Nicholas Soames – Welcome & introduction

Sir Nicholas Soames MP, Patron of Group B Strep Support, opened the conference by articulating the charity's over-arching objective: "To reduce preventable GBS infection in babies. Save infant lives, prevent disability and prevent pain and suffering. To support and inform families affected with GBS and educated health professionals..." Sir Nicholas called on delegates to [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments