Group B Strep Support and Microbirth School have developed an online course to help midwives and doctors better understand and prevent group B Strep infection in babies. Group B Strep is a common bacterium carried by many adults in the gut and in women in the vagina, usually causing no harm. However, it the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies during their first 3 months of life. Group B Strep causes sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. If left untreated, the infection can kill a newborn baby in hours. On average in the UK: two babies each day develop a group B Strep infection one baby each week dies from a group B [...]
Telford mother: I owe it to my Jack to fight for change Click here to read more
In February 2019, our Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE joined other experts from around the world for a meeting at Wilton Park. The three-day event, led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Meningitis Research Foundation, was designed to set out what needs to happen to develop a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030. You can read the full programme for the meeting here. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis in children under 5, so the development of a safe and effective group B Strep vaccine will be vital to help achieve WHO's goal of defeating meningitis by 2030. Following the meeting, Jane said: "I was very pleased to take part in the [...]
Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas' baby boy on the road to recovery after hospital ordeal Click here to read more
Headteacher issues warning after her newborn baby almost dies at hospital Click here to read more
Dundee parents’ horror as newborn son with Strep B struggles to breathe Click to here to read more
A couple are urging parents-to-be to get a simple test during pregnancy after their newborn daughter nearly died due to bacterial infection. Click here to watch
Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas talks to ITV This Morning about his newborn son’s group B Strep infection
Olympic Sprinter Iwan Thomas was on the ITV This Morning sofa on Tuesday to talk about the terrifying ordeal he and his family went through after his newborn son Teddy developed a group B Strep infection. Iwan shared that before Teddy was diagnosed with group B Strep infection, he'd never heard of it, and shared his frustration that families weren't being routinely informed about group B Strep. Group B Strep Support Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE said: “It was so brave of Iwan to share his and little Teddy’s story about his fight against group B Strep infection. The awareness they, Dr Chris Steele and all of ITV’s This Morning team can quite literally be life-saving. It's [...]
Iwan Thomas in constant fear after life-threatening infection left newborn son unable to breathe: ‘Any sign we’re panicking’ Click here to read more.
Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas discusses his 'frightening' ordeal when his newborn son ended up in intensive care with group B Strep. Click here to read more.