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Click on the links below to read the latest news and views about group B Strep, the activities of the charity Group B Strep Support and its supporters.

Our Patron Sir Nicholas Soames speaks out in Parliament on group B Strep during Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

Sir Nicholas Soames MP spoke movingly and powerfully in the Baby Loss Debate held in Parliament on 13 October 2016. It was parliament at its best - MP after MP told heart-breaking stories of baby loss. Some shared their own stories, a number for the first time in the House. Others [...]

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 [...]

Fundraising Gala raising funds for GBSS #£30kfor30years

Group B Strep Support is honoured to be chosen by Burgess Hill based direct mailing company AM&M to be one of the charities they are raising funds for. This year, AM&M are celebrating 30 years of business and holding various events to raise £30,000 (#£30kfor30years) for 4 local charities: Group B Strep Support, Sussex Wildlife Trust, the [...]

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 [...]

Winning the debate on screening at the Royal Society of Medicine

All pregnant women should have Group B Streptococcus screening - The Wellington Educational Lecture: infections in obstetrics and gynaecology debate On 27 May at the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Philip Steer gave a barnstorming speech setting out the case for group B Strep screening being offered to all pregnant women. This [...]

Group B Strep Support joins Confederation of Meningitis Organisations

We're delighted to say that CoMO has a new member. We at GBSS are thrilled to become a member of this organisation, and work together to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide. CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, survivors and families from more than 25 countries. [...]

Happy birthday Theo!

20 years ago today, Theo Plumb was born. His death 17 hours later from #groupBStrep infection led to his parents, Jane & Robert, founding this charity, Group B Strep Support. We remember him today. During the last 20 years, we have raised so much awareness of group B Strep, campaigned for improvements to the [...]

Parliamentary Question about group B Strep

Sir Nicholas Soames MP asked the Secretary of State for Health to take steps to include group B Strep (GBS) in future work relating to the National Maternity Review (see Maternity Review misses the opportunity to address group B Strep prevention). Mr Ben Gummer MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Care Quality responded: [...]

Unison Motion to campaign with Group B Strep Support passed unanimously

UNISON Motion passes unanimously We braved the British weather to get down to the Brighton Centre, on the seafront this February. It was cold, wet, and windy - but we had a great time. Why? Because we were exhibiting at UNISON's Women's Conference. UNISON is one of the UK's largest trade [...]

Maternity Review misses the opportunity to address group B Strep prevention

The NHS England Maternity Review has now been published, and while there is much to welcome, it is also a great opportunity missed. Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infections in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under 3 months of age. But, yet again, this [...]

“Seeding” and group B Strep

The practice of ‘seeding’ babies born by Caesarean (putting a gauze swab in the vagina for 24 hours beforehand and then wiping the baby's mouth and skin with that gauze after birth) is attracting attention (see '"Vaginal seeding' of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk, doctors warn"). The [...]

Our Promise to You

You've probably seen the recent press coverage of questionable practices in a small minority of the charity sector. We're not like that. As a small charity that receives no Government or NHS funds, we need to ask for donations and to fundraise to continue our vital work. The vast majority of [...]