Updated: Jan 23
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I went LIVE on Instagram with Jessica, Dominic's mama, last week to raise awareness for GBS, which tragically took her sons life in the third trimester of her pregnancy, earlier this year. You can catch the replay here
Group B Streptococcus (GBS), also known as group B strep, is a common bacteria that can live in our bodies and is usually harmless - most people have no idea that it is present.
It is known as a transient bacteria, which means it can come and go.
About 1 in 4 pregnant individuals "carry" or are "colonized" with group B strep (GBS), which can be confirmed through routine antenatal testing (swab or urine specimen)
Being a carrier is not harmful to you but it can cause infection in your unborn or newborn baby.. GBS may be passed to the baby during labour and birth and can cause life-threatening infections, therefore it is important to identify women who do have GBS, so they can be treated accordingly to help reduce the chance of GBS infection being passed to the baby.
Following on from our LIVE, I thought it would be helpful to provide a round up of links to fact sheets for further information from reliable sources.
Fact Sheet Source
What is Group B Strep?
Group B Strep Testing
Group B Streptococcus in pregnancy
5 Knowledge-based strategies to help prevent Prenatal GBS disease.
Group B Strep Test
Group B Streptococcus Information for women
GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS (GBS) SCREENING TEST
Streptococcal infection - group B
GBS (Group B Streptococcus) Parent information
Information for women and families - Group B streptococcus (GBS) screening
Group B Strep and pregnancy
Pregnancy screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
Group B Streptococcus
If you have any links to information published by a reliable source, that you would like to add to this list, please let me know by either commenting below or contacting me via email - email@example.com
If you have any questions about GBS, please ask your doctor, midwife or medical professional.
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