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Group B Strep in Pregnancy: Facts provided by reliable sources

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

DISCLAIMER: This is general information only. Ask your doctor or midwife about what care is right for you. The information presented should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice. For specific advice about your baby or your healthcare needs, you should seek advice from your health professional. Chaycen does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage arising from your reliance on the below listed resources. If you or your baby require urgent medical attention, please contact your nearest emergency department.


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.


Topic

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 International


https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/uploads/9/9/9/4/99946050/knowledge-based_strategies_which_may_help_prevent_gbs_disease_in_unborn_babies.pdf

​Group B Strep Test

Pregnancy Birth Baby


https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/group-b-strep-test

Group B Streptococcus Information for women

Women’s and Children’s Hospital SA


https://cdn.wchn.sa.gov.au/downloads/WCH/women/pregnancy/gynaecology/group-B-strep-fact-sheet.pdf

​GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS (GBS) SCREENING TEST

The Royal Women’s Hospital


https://thewomens.r.worldssl.net/images/uploads/fact-sheets/GBS-screening-test-May2020.pdf

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 - hello@chaycen.com


If you have any questions about GBS, please ask your doctor, midwife or medical professional.


Tayla is a Virtual Pregnancy Loss Coach, supporting heartbroken loss mamas, by tackling their grief & helping them to ease the overwhelm of life after loss. Her lived experience, dry sense of humour, and realistic approach to living a meaningful life after loss has earned her a world-wide following & a passion unlike any other. Learn more here

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