The Globe, GBSI's e-Newsletter

October 2018 
We look forward to you joining us at the
15 - 25 October 2018

The 1st Annual Virtual Symposium on Prenatal-onset GBS Disease (POGBSD) will include topics such as POGBSD and related preterm birth risk identification and management, opportunities for implementing prevention strategies, and pathology testing and inclusion of results in surveillance data.

POGBSD includes GBS-caused stillbirths and miscarriages and should possibly include GBS infections caused before early-onset prevention strategies would normally be implemented.

From 15-25 October 2018, GBS researchers and health professionals will be presenting on various aspects of prenatal-onset GBS disease prevention and research in a variety of video and poster presentations. Presentations will also be open to comments to facilitate ongoing dialogue with the presenter and other attendees.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Hanson, Professor and Director of Marquette University School of Nursing, Midwifery Program - Topic: oral probiotics
  • Dr. Lawrence Paoletti, microbiologist with over 25 years of experience in the development and testing of GBS vaccines - Topic: GBS vaccine
  • Dr. Joy Bryant, obstetric nursing educator at Morgan Community College - Topic: fetal movement
  • Dr. David M. Aronoff, Director of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - Topic: GBS and preterm birth
  • Dr. James A. McGregor, retired ObGyn professor at USC, UCLA and University of Colorado, and infectious disease specialist - Topic: Intrauterine infection

The start of the conference coincides with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a perfect time to focus on preventing GBS disease in ALL babies!

We welcome everyone with an interest in perinatal health.

Registration is complimentary

CME credit available

For more info
Please feel free to share and post our symposium poster which is downloadable at in both 8 1/2" x 11" and A4 format.
Thank you to our Diamond Star Sponsor 

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Looking back at September
Throughout September, our focus was to help make people aware of the signs and symptoms of group B strep before and after birth. We hope that spreading this knowledge will help people recognize a potential infection, know when they should contact their care provider, and overall help protect their babies!

Knowing the signs and symptoms can help parents and care providers act quickly to help prevent or minimize devastating outcomes. Many GBS mothers shared that they were unaware of the signs and symptoms of GBS before their baby was infected. This needs to change. We want to make sure every baby has the best chance! 

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What's Coming up for GBSI
October as Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month
There are three types of GBS disease, but prenatal-onset is often overlooked, not recognizing the thousands of babies who are miscarried, stillborn, or born very sick each year due to GBS infection in the womb. We want to make sure that prenatal-onset GBS disease is recognized and that more parents and health care professionals partner to help protect unborn babies.
Currently, babies who are born already infected with group B strep are classified as "early-onset" regardless of when the infection began. However, early-onset prevention strategies don't prevent GBS infections beginning before a woman's labor starts or her water breaks.
2018 CAM Conference
GBSI will be exhibiting and presenting at the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) Conference October 17-19, 2018 in Gatineau, QC. The event will host over 400 maternity care professionals giving GBSI the opportunity to share GBS information in both French and English! Dr. James A. McGregor will also be presenting two posters: 
  • Alerting Pregnant Women to the Lack of Efficacy and Danger of “Alternative Treatments” 
  • Should Written Consent Be Required before Fetal Membrane Stripping Especially among Group B Strep (GBS) Carriers?
To learn more about the CAM conference, please visit their website.
Awareness Materials
To order GBS awareness materials and have them delivered straight to you in the US or Canada, please visit our online store. If you prefer to download awareness materials straight to your computer, you can do so HERE. If you have any questions or special requests, please email Thank you for your support in GBS awareness!
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