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 Strep infection and
- one baby each week survives a group B Strep infection with life-changing disability.
Despite this, relatively few have heard of it, and there are many myths and misunderstandings about group B Strep.
Not only will this course give you high-quality e-learning on group B Strep, it can be used as 10 hours CPD for revalidation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.