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Group B Strep Support responds to Each Baby Counts 2018 Progress Report

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) today released their Each Baby Counts 2018 progress report, which is intended to improve maternity care and reduce potentially avoidable deaths and serious harm to babies during birth and in their first seven days. The report found that different care might have led to a different outcome in almost three quarters of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries included in the review. Worryingly, in almost half (45%) of the affected babies, guidelines and best practice were not followed. Reasons for this included gaps in training, lack of recognition of problems, and local guidelines not being based on best available evidence. There has been an increase in parents invited to be [...]

By |2018-11-13T13:57:26+00:00November 13th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Every year in the UK, thousands of people are affected by the death of a baby or experience pregnancy loss. A collaboration between more than 60 charities across the UK, Baby Loss Awareness Week is held from 9 to 15 October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death in the UK. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy. Now in its 16th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week calls for tangible improvements in research, care and policy around bereavement support and [...]

By |2018-10-11T08:58:21+00:00October 9th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

RCM Conference 2018

We're just back from the Royal College of Midwives' Annual Conference. We had a table in the Charity Area of the exhibition and, from the moment the doors opened on Thursday morning, were inundated with midwives and student  midwives keen to get the most up to date information about group B Strep. Thousands of our latest leaflet, "Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies" were taken, and a similar number of our summary of the latest GBS guidelines. Hundreds of pens and GBS ALERT stickers made their way into midwives' bags, together with order forms to be taken away and filled in at a later date. There were some great conversations! It was also good to catch [...]

By |2018-10-17T08:05:51+00:00October 8th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Future GBS vaccine highly likely to be cost-effective at preventing life-threatening infections in babies

Group B Strep bacteria which one in every 4 to 5 pregnant women carry, and which can cause death or serious complications in their babies, could be targeted in a cost-effective way by a future vaccine – even if it costs the NHS as much as £54 a dose. Group B Strep (GBS) infection, caused by Group B Streptococcus, is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in infants up to age 5. On average in the UK, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, one baby a week dies from their GBS infection and another baby every week survives with long-term health issues. The UK’s current group B Strep prevention [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:46:01+00:00October 4th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Survey into long-term impacts of late-onset group B Strep infection in babies

Group B Strep Support is the only UK charity dedicated to eradicating group B Strep (GBS) infections, including meningitis, in babies. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information on GBS to families and health professionals, and support affected families. We are seeking better to understand the long-term consequences of late-onset group B Strep infection (occurring at age 7+ days), both for the infected baby and the family, and are inviting parents of babies who developed late-onset GBS infection to take part in a survey. We will use the findings to inform our work to influence UK policy and practice, to prevent early-onset GBS infection. If you have had a baby who developed late-onset group B Strep infection, we invite you to [...]

By |2018-09-06T17:12:41+00:00August 14th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month #GBSAM18

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month and charity Group B Strep Support is asking everyone to raise awareness during the month, using the hashtag #GBSAM18. 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. And the number of these infections are rising. Currently: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week recovers from group B Strep infection with disability 319,000 babies are estimated to have developed GBS infection aged 0-90 days worldwide in 2015, with approximately 4.1 infections in every 1,000 liveborn [...]

By |2018-06-20T11:31:26+00:00June 20th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Baby deaths in the UK in 2016

MBRRACE-UK today published their Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report for Births in 2016. Our Chief Executive, Jane Plumb MBE said: “It’s fabulous to see the stillbirth rate in twins has almost halved since 2014, and that there's been a small reduction overall in neonatal deaths. This reflects improved maternal and neonatal care, and the impact of the many organisations including charities working to affect change in this area. “However, it's shocking that, in the same period that there's been a slight fall in neonatal deaths (2013-16), the number of group B Strep infections in babies in their first week of life reported in England, Wales & Northern Ireland have increased by over 20%. These are voluntarily reported cases, so the [...]

By |2018-06-15T13:24:40+00:00June 15th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

We’re recruiting!

Admin Support Assistant - Haywards Heath Part time 9.30am–3pm up to full time Mondays-Fridays (hours can flex around school hours but this is a year-round not term-time only role) c£8.50 per hour, according to age & experience Do you enjoy administration and social media? We’re looking for someone with excellent admin skills, a great telephone manner and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently in our small, busy office. You’ll be the first in line for enquiries coming in to the office by phone and online – you’ll answer the straightforward questions, referring the more complex or specific to others (training will be given). You’ll answer the phone, send out information and respond to [...]

By |2018-06-06T07:37:13+00:00June 5th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Today is GDPR day

GDPR Word Art powered by WordArt.com We've recently updated our privacy policy, our cookie policy and our terms and conditions - please do click the links to read more. If you receive emails from us, you will have signed up to hear from us (online, at an event, by phone or in writing). Please be confident that we always have and always will treat any information you give us with care and respect. We would love to send you updates about our and our supporters' activities, our plans, the latest GBS research news and ways to support our vital work to stop GBS infection in babies. And, in the next couple of weeks, plans for this July's Group [...]

By |2018-05-25T11:51:36+00:00May 25th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Meeting the Minister

It was great to meet with Steve Brine MP Public Health Minister today, organised by Melanie Onn MP for Great Grimsby, and with Anita Dougall, Director of Clinical Quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Prof Paul Cosford, Medical Director of Public Health England. We discussed how to ensure EVERY pregnant woman in the UK is provided with the new RCOG/GBSS group B Strep infection leaflet. We are pleased to be working with the Minister, Public Health England and the RCOG on this. We think all would agree that it was a very encouraging meeting, with the Minister clearly keen to help.

By |2018-05-11T16:28:28+00:00May 9th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments