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

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 [...]

Thank you – looking back on 2015

As the year draws to a close, I would like wish all our supporters a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and great 2016. With your support, we can gratefully say that 2015 and has been a fantastic year. This is some of what we've been up to over the last twelve months.... The [...]

Open letter with other baby charities about neonatal care

We cosigned an open letter calling for investment in neonatal services ahead of the spending review. The letter, which was published in The Guardian, says: "Services for England’s sickest babies are under extreme pressure (Staff shortages ‘putting vulnerable babies at risk’, 19 October). A recent report from Bliss found that 2,140 more neonatal [...]

US Group B Strep Infection Rates in Babies remain lower than in the UK

Provisional data for 2014 shows that the rate of early onset group B Strep infections (babies aged 0-6 days) remains at 0.24 cases per 1,000 live births in the US, a rate that has barely changed over the last 6 years. The rate of late-onset group B Strep infections (babies aged [...]

The danger of group B Strep and the fight for life

A bereaved mum talks to Lisa Salmon about her campaign to introduce routine testing for the preventable common infection that killed her only son, and infects hundreds of newborn babies every year. To sign the petition, visit