What Group B Strep Support wants to happen in the UK
- Every pregnant woman should be given information on group B Strep as a routine part of her antenatal care. Currently this is not widely happening.
- Every low-risk pregnant woman should be offered a sensitive test for GBS colonisation at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy without charge (and, where these tests are not freely available, all pregnant women should be told that these tests are available privately - click here for information on GBS test availability)
- Every higher-risk pregnant woman (those identified as carrying GBS, those who have had a baby with GBS disease, and those where recognised risk factors are present) should be offered intravenous antibiotics from the start of labour until delivery and, for those women whose babies are at highest risk, for them to be recommended to have the intravenous antibiotics at the start of labour
Group B Strep Support's aims
GBSS wants to see the nationwide implementation of good preventative medicine so that avoidable infections due to GBS are minimised. Until this happens GBSS strives to offer support and give information to those affected or concerned about GBS, with the following three main aims:
- to offer information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus;
- to inform health professionals and individuals how most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented; and
- to generate continued support for research into preventing group B Strep infections in newborn babies.
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