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Group B Strep International would like to thank all the amazing GBS moms who help spread GBS awareness everyday!
by Amy Perhach - GBSI Communications Coordinator
May is a month in which we celebrate mothers - this year on May 12th we will be celebrating Mother’s Day, a day when we focus on and celebrate the women who raised and nurtured us. We buy our mothers gifts, take them to brunch, and send lovely cards. But what happens for bereaved mothers, those who have lost a child, when the day may bring sadness and pain?

This thought occurred to Carly Marie Dudley, who created International Bereaved Mother’s Day in 2010. It is celebrated a week before Mother’s Day, and this year it falls on May 5th. The goal is to eventually include and acknowledge bereaved mothers on Mother’s Day - a day for all mothers.

As women try to become pregnant or discover they are pregnant, it shapes who they are. Even during pregnancy, women being bonding with their child. And as ideas of motherhood shape the mother, mothers are fundamental in shaping the lives of their children. Mothers impact each and every one of our lives, even if the time together is fleeting.

Motherhood is beautiful, but it is also complicated. With the strong sense of connectedness, loss can be devastating. If her child is stillborn or dies, it can feel like a change of her identity and it can augment how she sees the world around her. Is she still a mother even though she is without a child? Yes, while part of her life may shatter, the fact that she is a mother does not waver.

Whether a mother has a completely healthy baby, her baby deals with an illness, or she has lost a child, she deserves love and recognition just the same.
This May we encourage everyone to celebrate and acknowledge all mothers.

Join us at the International Conference on Group B Strep to be held
July 23-25, 2019

The call for abstracts is open through May 27, 2019.

This conference is all online, no travel necessary! Registration is complimentary. The International Conference on Group B Strep (ICGBS) is a virtual collaboration of health care professionals, researchers, families, and other interested individuals working towards minimizing the burden of GBS disease. Key theme areas are:

  • Pathways of GBS infection 
  • Identifying maternal GBS colonization
  • Prevention strategies
  • Identifying GBS signs & symptoms in babies
  • Pathology testing
  • Inclusion of GBS disease in surveillance data
  • Parent support and empowerment
Learn more
Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor!

In 2018, we began our #starttheGBSconversation campaign to highlight that any initiative, big or small, can make an impact. Some GBS families hosted fundraising events, some made awareness accessories, and some simply talked with someone about GBS. They may have taken different routes, but they all helped spread GBS awareness and took our cause another step further. So we want to keep up the momentum and take it another step! We want to utilize the power we have as a community. Together, we can be the change we want to see surrounding group B!

July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month and we want to encourage the GBS community to come together and AS A GROUP B THE CHANGE! The time to start preparing for July is now! Whether it's a community fundraiser or distributing awareness materials, planning is key to success. Check out our fundraising page to learn how you can get started!
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 with any questions or special requests. 
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 consider making a donation.
Like to learn more about prenatal infection prevention and loss support?
Presentations from both of our past online symposiums can still be viewed
for CME credit!
Learn about prenatal infection at the 2019 Prenatal Infection Prevention Symposium 
Learning about prenatal-onset group B strep disease, from the 2018

​GBS Efforts and News around the World!

A study found that maternal obesity is a significant and independent risk factor for GBS colonisation at term.  The implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research are that maternal obesity may be considered as a risk factor that should be taken into account in strategies for reducing GBS disease in neonates.
A study on GBS in Ethiopia found the prevalence among pregnant women was 15.7% and among newborns was 8.9%; vertical transmission rate was 59.1%. Increased likelihood of early-onset disease (EOD) was observed with risk factors such as prolonged rupture of membrane, prematurity, chorioamnionitis, low-level of anti-GBS capsular antibody and previous newborn with EOD. They suggest considering appropriate prevention strategies like intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccine development.

GBSI board member, Dr. James A. McGregor,
 will be presenting at the Stillbirth Summit, June 19-21, 2019!

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