Latest Petitions

There are currently a number of petitions open for signature in the UK about group B Strep. Here are the leading ones:

“My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just nine precious days to spend with our beautiful son. Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth.

Since 2003, the UK has used ‘risk factors’ to guess which pregnant women might be at risk. Risk factors are poor at predicting which babies will develop the infection — the number of babies infected is growing, we need to stop guessing and start testing. The ECM test costs the NHS £11 each and the antibiotics used in labour (usually penicillin) cost the NHS pennies.

Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this.

Fiona Paddon

Sign Fiona’s group B Strep petition

“My precious daughter, Faith, was stillborn on 23rd October 2015, nine days after her due date.  She was my 4th and last child to complete our beautiful family.

As we did not have an autopsy I will never know the cause of Faith’s death, however, it was only when we received all the results back following Faith’s death that I found out I had Group B Strep.  My results showed I was heavily colonized with Group B Strep, as was my urine, placenta and Faiths swabs. I will be treated for Group B Strep in future pregnancies, but have had to wait for my baby to die to find out I even had it!!! I am now passionate about raising awareness of the possible risks of Group B Strep.

It is my hope and mission that every pregnant woman be routinely tested around 37 weeks with the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test for Group B Strep carriage and if found colonized be offered antibiotics in labour.  Until such screening is offered, every pregnant women should be told about GBS during an antenatal appointment and informed of where to be tested privately.”

Kim Poulton

Sign Kim’s group B Strep petition

Closed Petitions

Closed petition to the UK Government

A petition to the UK Government closed on 27 April 2016 with over 11,300 signatures, and asked for the implementation of a consistent and accurate screening and education policy, to be provided to all health care professionals responsible for pregnant women during antenatal care, to prevent life threatening group B Streptococcus infections in pregnancy and birth. Click here for more information.

Closed petition to the Scottish Parliament

A petition to the Scottish Parliament closed on 28 December 2015 with almost 13,000 signatures, and calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure all pregnant women receive information about Group B Strep and are given the option to be tested; and to set aside funding to find more reliable methods of testing. Click here for more information.

Closed petition to the UK Government

A petition to the UK Parliament closed on 10 February 2015 with 53,500+ online signatures and was created by Lindsey Nunn, asking that

  • EVERY woman is routinely given accurate information about group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) during antenatal care;
  • every low-risk woman is offered a sensitive test for GBS, ideally at 35-37 weeks; and
  • every higher-risk woman is offered antibiotics in labour.

Closed petition to the Scottish Government

A petition to the Scottish Government, created by Jackie Watt, closed on 17 February 2014 with 1,874 online signatures plus another 178 offline signatures. Click here for more information.

Closed petition to the UK Government

A petition to the UK Parliament closed on 31 December 2013 and was created by Sarah Chapman, asking that women should be routinely offered testing for group B Strep in every pregnancy. Click here to be taken to the petition page, which includes a response from the Department of Health.