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Group B Strep Awareness Month is over for another year ….

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

but there's still much to be done. Here are some Quick facts about group B Strep: Group B Strep is a common bacterium, carried normally by around 25% of men and women, usually [...]

GUEST BLOG: Katy Cossham – the personal impact of group B Strep

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

  Prior to the birth of my third baby I had never heard of Strep B. I like to read, listen to the radio, keep up with the news, am married to a doctor, [...]

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month

June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under age 3 months[1]. And the number [...]

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

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

The More You Know…

October 4th, 2016|0 Comments

It's all about informed choice - get the facts & decide what's best for you & your baby Engagement on our social media pages is at an all-time high. We have noticed that there was a lot of misinformation being [...]

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

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Success in a Group B Strep Legal Claim

July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Guest blog from Stuart Bramley, Partner of Tozers Tozers LLP were recently successful in obtaining an admission of negligence in a complex claim where Alyssa Richardson developed the infection Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in the [...]

What Group B Strep meant for me as a soon to be father

July 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Guest blogger - Han-Son, dad blogger at Follow the journey at   The First Check Up It's April 2014, and Jess and I are just about over the ‘shock phase’ of being pregnant [...]

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Guest Blog: Planning a Fundraising Event by Jason Osborne

March 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Planning a charity event doesn’t have to be difficult – GBSS supporter Jason Osborne has done it and will tell you how… First Steps You’ve decided to help those involved with the Group B Strep Support [...]

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International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month Facts from Group B Strep Support and Kicks Count As February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, we teamed up with KicksCount, a fellow charity we highly respect, to provide information [...]

Guest Blog: My role as a GBSS Volunteer Ambassador

December 11th, 2015|0 Comments

"I am honoured to be a Volunteer Ambassador for GBSS. In my spare time I do what I can to support the charity to raise funds and awareness. I first became aware of Group B [...]

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

So Albert Einstein is reported to have said. He wasn’t talking about the UK’s prevention of group B Strep infection in newborn babies but he could have. In the 12 years since the risk-based prevention [...]

Guest Blog: Research involving recruitment of large numbers of patients is a labour of love!

October 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Written by Dr Karen Morton, Consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, and Founder of Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline© It is exciting that the work undertaken to look at [...]

July is… Group B Strep Awareness Month

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The month’s main goal is to generate even more healthy baby success stories. We adore hearing accounts of what we consider to be ideal; Mum took a group B Strep specific (ECM) test, developed [...]

Word of Mum…

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

 ‘Word of Mum’ Thanks to Bounty’s ‘Word of Mum’ Research Panel1, we recently learned that of the 4,673 new and expectant mums who took part, 53% had NOT heard of group B Strep. 96% believe [...]

And the survey says …

April 29th, 2015|0 Comments

And the survey says…. Would sensitive ‘gold standard’ (ECM) tests for detecting group B Strep carriage be helpful?   From April of 2014 through to January of this year, we conducted a seven question [...]

Auditing the Audit

March 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Auditing the Audit {2015 RCOG audit of current practice in preventing group B Strep infection in newborns}     The first report from The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 2013-14 audit on (early-onset) [...]

To change is difficult. Not to change is fatal.

December 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

“To change is difficult. Not to change is fatal.” William Pollard Guidelines for group B Strep screening and education. First and foremost, we must remind everyone that routine screening of all pregnant women for group [...]

…it’s not like the #27 bus

November 13th, 2014|0 Comments

It is time to address an issue that has comes up quite regularly. It is the question of ‘transience’ and confusion surrounding that particular word. We hear from mums as well as their health professionals [...]

A Simple Test to Save a Life

October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

*Welcome to the GBSS Blog/ Editor’s Note: We have been going back and forth with the idea of a blog for a while. It seemed the only thing missing from our online repertoire and yet [...]