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Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies
before birth through early infancy

October is Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month

Besides early and late-onset GBS disease, there is another type of perinatal GBS disease, prenatal-onset, which is often overlooked or not recognized. This discounts the thousands of parents who have lost their child because the baby was infected by GBS in the womb. We want to make sure that prenatal-onset is recognized and that more parents and healthcare professionals become aware of knowledge-based strategies to help protect unborn babies from group B strep.

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October Events

October is not only Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month, it is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month! October 9-15 is Baby Loss Awareness Week and October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day the Wave of Light is held, where candles are lit worldwide for 1 hour beginning at 7:00 pm local time.

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Representation in Nigeria

Group B strep in an issue worldwide. ​Dr. Efe Obasohan is representing Group B Strep International (GBSI) in Nigeria, a developing nation where the high rate of infant mortality is unacceptable and the means to solve this remain limited.

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ISA Madrid 2019

GBSI will be attending and presenting posters at the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) 2019 conference in Madrid, Spain from October 4-6, 2019!

Two of GBSI's board members are honored to have been invited to participate in the Perinatal Death Classification Pre-conference Workshop on October 3rd. The focus of the workshop is the development of a classification system for causes of stillbirth and neonatal deaths that is appropriate for high-income countries and high-resource settings in all countries. GBSI's goal is to ensure that death certificates for babies with non-apparent infections, initially marked as cause unknown, are updated once the final diagnosis has been made.

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Placental study 

Human placenta has no microbiome but can contain potential pathogens
"Almost all signals were related either to the acquisition of bacteria during labour and delivery, or to contamination of laboratory reagents with bacterial DNA. The exception was Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus), for which non-contaminant signals were detected in approximately 5% of samples collected before the onset of labour."

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Last Chance for CME Credit

The symposium has concluded, but presentations may be viewed and CME credit may still be earned for our Virtual Symposium on Prenatal-onset Group B Strep Disease until October 14, 2019. Held October 15-25, 2018, this symposium featured GBS researchers, health professionals, and parents presenting on various aspects of GBS disease during pregnancy, as well as loss support. 

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Revised GBS Guidelines

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) each released updated guidance for perinatal group B strep disease affecting areas such as the timeline for testing and early-onset risk assessment strategies. 

Special thanks to Dr. Karen M. Puopolo, lead author of the Academy’s revised management guidelines for prevention and management of neonatal GBS disease, for presenting on the Revised GBS Guidelines for our online ICGBS conference.

ACOG's Committee Opinion >>
AAP's Clinical Report >>
 

GBS Campaigns

From parents to health care providers and researchers, we are all part of a worldwide community of people dedicated to changing the potential group B strep disease has to harm babies! We want to utilize the power we have as a community. Any initiative, big or small, can make an impact. Together, we can be the change we want to see surrounding group B!

Remember to use #AsAGroupBTheChange or #starttheGBSconversation in your social media posts!

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Donate

Group B Strep International is a nonprofit organization, depending on the generosity of our supporters. To help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide, we graciously ask that you make a donation.

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Order free awareness materials

To order GBS awareness materials and have them delivered straight to you, please visit our online store. If you prefer to download awareness materials straight to your computer, you can do so HERE. Please email info@gbs-intl.org with any questions or special requests.

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