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“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 in 1996. The Board of Trustees, along with the charity's Chief Executive and staff, have all had the opportunity to share their views on the issue. Our concerns about using the charity's funds to pay for tests can be broken down into three main areas. Improving care for everyone We believe that as a routine part of antenatal care in the NHS, all pregnant women should be informed about [...]

By | 2016-10-24T19:29:34+00:00 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 in the world will be doing the same.  The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the sensitive subject of stillbirth and neonatal death and raise awareness of baby loss. Wave of Light - 7pm local time on 15 October Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15 with a global 'Wave of Light' We would like to [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:39+00:00 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, and definitively identify the HMO(s) involved in protection against GBS disease, a clinical application could be to use HMOs as a potential adjuvant to antibiotics for the treatment of GBS colonisation." Interesting findings indeed (you can read the full research paper here) which could, potentially, be used in the future to reduce GBS infection in babies - but it's a small trial, and more research will be [...]

By | 2016-09-02T08:57:58+00:00 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 23rd October 2015. Within an hour of arriving at the hospital excited to have our fourth and last child to complete our family, I was holding my dead baby in my arms. My pregnancy with Faith had been normal and healthy, and I have three perfectly healthy children. Tests showed I was heavily colonised with group B Strep, as was my urine, placenta, and Faith’s swabs. [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:41+00:00 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 listen to the discussions closely and carefully, with an open mind. Click here to read the transcript

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:43+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments

Dr Alison Bedford Russell – Overview of neonatal group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease

Dr Alison Bedford Russell described how clinical presentations of group B Strep were different between early-onset and late-onset. For example, group B Strep meningitis was more common in late-onset than early-onset GBS infection, while pneumonia was the reverse. Focal infection (infection in a particular area of the body) was "very,very rare" when it came to early-onset, and less rare for late-onset, for example, septic arthritis. Overall, generalised sepsis was the most common presentation. Dr Bedford Russell highlighted some of the difficulties of identifying early-onset GBS infection and also spoke of an increase in newborns presenting with "hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy" also referred to as HIE, a type of brain damage. The number of deaths as a result of group B Strep infection [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:44+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments

Dr Catherine O’Sullivan – The burden of invasive GBS disease in young infants in the UK & Republic of Ireland 2014-2015

Dr Catherine O'Sullivan presented a comprehensive analysis of 817 cases of invasive group B Strep in infants under 90 days old, where the samples were drawn from sterile sites such as blood culture or spinal fluid. "In looking from 2014 to 2015, again preliminary, but what we have at the moment, we have an incidence of 0.89 per 1,000 live births which is an increase from 2000-2001 where it was 0.72. Also in those 14-15 years we have seen increased incidence across all countries." Click here to read the transcript Click here to view the slides

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:44+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments

Dr Theresa Lamagni – Epidemiology of adult and infant GBS disease in England & Wales

Dr Theresa Lamagni focussed on the epidemiology of invasive group B Strep disease across all age groups from 1991 onwards, using data from Public Health England Laboratory reports between 1991 and 2014. There was a more in-depth focus on 2014 using this data supplemented with Hospital Episode Statistics data and NHS demographic batch tracing. Dr Lamagni observed that there had not been the hoped-for drop in the incidence of GBS disease following the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines at the end of 2003. "The rates of early-onset and late-onset disease have not decreased since the introduction of prevention guidelines and that's really quite disappointing." Click here to read the transcript Click here to view the slides [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:44+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments

Prof Philip Steer – GBS prevention strategies – UK & International (risk based, screening and vaccination)

Prof Philip Steer considered the two major approaches to preventing group B Strep infection in newborn babies: one based on antenatal screening and the other based on identification of risk factors during pregnancy. Identification of risk factors is the approach currently recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and in use in the UK. "The risk factor approach is very inconsistent - it's very confusing for professionals and certainly for women at large." Click here to read the transcript Click here to view the slides

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments

Prof Alan Cameron – UK NSC GBS screening policy and review

Prof Alan Cameron set out the UK National Screening Committee's (NSC) current policy position on antenatal screening for GBS carriage (2012): Routine screening for GBS carriage in late pregnancy for all pregnant women is currently not recommended in the UK. There was insufficient evidence that benefits gained from screening all women in late pregnancy and treating those women with confirmed GBS carriage by intravenous antibiotics during labour outweigh harm. The next review by the National Screening Committee is due in 2015/16. "We certainly feel that more evidence is needed about the care received by women to refine national policy in the prevention of early-onset GBS infection, to standardise local guidelines and to ultimately reduce the incidence of [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|2015 GBS Conference|0 Comments