Dr Fiona McQuaid reported on a self-completed paper survey distributed to 100 pregnant women between July and September 2014, roughly 4 months after screening had been introduced. Around 98% of those approached completed the survey. This yielded information across a range of issues.
One notable result was that 57% of women asked said that they hadn’t heard of Group B Strep before.
So, in conclusion, I think from given the limitations of this study with relatively small numbers the group B strep screening is considered to be acceptable, fairly easy test to do, maybe a little bit uncomfortable and embarrassing.Dr Fiona McQuaid, Clinical Research Fellow, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
The vast majority would have it again and feel that it’s something which should be offered to all pregnant women. From a practical point of view, people appreciate the choice as to whether or not they should do the test themselves or have a midwife do it and most that they would understand what a positive result would mean.”