The Globe, GBSI's e-Newsletter

August 2018 
Join Group B Strep International's
in partnership with Star Legacy Foundation
15 - 25 October 2018

The 1st Annual Virtual Symposium on Prenatal-onset GBS Disease (POGBSD) will look at 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.

The Call for Abstracts is open now through
22 August 2018.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Hanson, Professor and Director of the Marquette University College of Nursing, Midwifery Program - Topic: Probiotics and GBS colonization
  • 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 credits 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.
Looking Back at July
Thank you to everyone who participated in our July awareness month! GBSI has sponsored July as International Group B Strep Awareness Month for over a decade! In July, we promoted GBS awareness thorough our social media campaign "GBS IS a Big Deal" and gained the support of parent advocates, public health offices, research laboratories, and new health affiliates. 
​1) Estimates of the Burden of Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide for Pregnant Women, Stillbirths, and Children. Anna C. Seale et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 65, Issue suppl_2, 6 November 2017, Pages S200–S219.
2) Maternal group B Streptococcus-related stillbirth: a systematic review.  C Nan et al. BJOG. 2015 Oct;122(11):1437-45. ​
3) "An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually."

Check out our Store! Order complimentary GBS materials -- brochures, status cards, tear sheets, and more!
What's Coming up for GBSI
October as Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month
There are three types of GBS but prenatal-onset is often overlooked or not recognized, which discounts the thousands of women 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 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, 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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