L-R Steve Brine MP and GBSS Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE
Last week we organised an event in Parliament to talk with MPs about group B Strep and how they can help improve awareness and prevention of these devastating infections in newborn babies.
The event was co-hosted by Steve Brine MP and Andrew Gwynne MP and saw 13 MPs drop-in to show their support for our work.
We were delighted by the interest of MPs in group B Strep and the need for better awareness and education. Several spoke with us about constituents who’d been affected by group B Strep and asked them to attend, or their own personal experience of it during a pregnancy or a partner’s pregnancy.
The event saw MPs having a photo taken showing their support for better awareness of group B Strep, picking up information on group B Strep to take away, and talking to us about how they can get involved in their constituency.
Tweets from MPs attending the drop in include:
A pleasure to attend @GBSSupport's event to mark #GroupBStrepAwarenessMonth 👏— Martyn Day MP (@MartynDaySNP) July 22, 2023
In the UK, #groupBStrep is the most common cause of severe infection in newborns. @GBSSupport have produced some fantastic resources to advise how the risk can be reduced 👇https://t.co/I4swwEFOg7 pic.twitter.com/ADvlEZrNmA
A #GroupBStrep test when I was pregnant meant that I had antibiotics to protect my baby from a potentially lethal infection— Helen Hayes 💙🌹 (@helenhayes_) July 13, 2023
I’m supporting Group B Strep Awareness Month, sharing vital resources for parents & midwives on how to prevent infections #GBSAware https://t.co/rfk8A2lswS pic.twitter.com/gPH0E56FmT
Great to have @GBSSupport in Parliament today for Group B Strep Awareness Month.— Feryal Clark MP (@FeryalClark) July 12, 2023
Most #groupBStrep infections in babies are preventable.
Expectant parents can find out more from their excellent resources here 👇https://t.co/Hy0jIrkjZ1 pic.twitter.com/zYFFoONg2v