Alice’s story – Guest blog from Irwin Mitchell

Group B strep is the most common cause of infection in newborns in Britain. Harmless to the estimated one in four women who carry the bacterium, it can be fatal for babies if it is transmitted in the birth canal, causing illnesses including meningitis and blood poisoning. Alice’s* story Just one day after Alice was born on 16 December 2008, Alice’s parents were told their little girl had contracted Group B strep during birth and had developed meningitis as a result.  She was so desperately ill that she was placed in an induced coma and spent the following two months in an incubator in hospital.  It was discovered that an astonishing number of mistakes were made after doctors at [...]

By | 2017-12-27T10:08:03+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Group B Strep Awareness Month is over for another year ….

but there's still much to be done. Here are some Quick facts about group B Strep: Group B Strep is a common bacterium, carried normally by around 25% of men and women, usually without causing them any harm or symptoms. Group B Strep can more rarely cause infection, most commonly in newborn babies. It’s the number one cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia. In the UK, the number and rate of group B Strep infections in babies is rising. Yet most of these infections in newborn babies can be prevented when women and their health team know Mum carries the bacteria during pregnancy. Since 1996, charity Group B Strep Support has led [...]

By | 2017-07-31T15:42:11+00:00 July 31st, 2017|2017, Blog, Latest News|0 Comments

GUEST BLOG: Katy Cossham – the personal impact of group B Strep

  Prior to the birth of my third baby I had never heard of Strep B. I like to read, listen to the radio, keep up with the news, am married to a doctor, was already a mother and friends with other parents. So, right there we have a clue to lack of public awareness. My son was born in 2004, so this may well have changed. I hope so. My first babies were twins. They were born at 33 weeks and spent time in “special care” before they were resilient enough to come home. Perhaps because a hospitalised experience was necessary with them I was keen to have a home birth next time around. Everything seemed to be [...]

By | 2017-07-28T18:14:37+00:00 July 28th, 2017|2017, Blog|0 Comments

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month

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[1]. 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 Shockingly, between 2000[2]  and 2014[3] there has been an increase of more than 50% in babies developing group B Strep infection in the UK and Republic of Ireland. And, while fewer babies have died from their group B Strep infection, more survivors have disability at discharge[i]. July is [...]

By | 2017-06-30T19:50:09+00:00 June 30th, 2017|2017, Blog, Latest News|0 Comments