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Thank you for being a part of the worldwide GBS community!
 
Next month is International Group B Strep Awareness Month, and we want to take a moment to reflect on the GBS community. Founded in 2006, GBSI has heard from thousands of parents around the world whose babies have been infected by group B strep. Hearing from so many parents who felt blindsided by the impact of this disease, we knew we all needed to work together for change.
 
Thanks to the support and collective efforts of the GBS community, Group B Strep International has been able to present and/or exhibit at over 20 perinatal conferences around the world, collaborate with researchers, partner with medical technology companies, and support community efforts to bring GBS awareness to more families. 
 
We encourage both parents and health care providers to be involved in actively promoting GBS awareness and prevention.  A large part of our mission is to make information about GBS disease free and readily accessible worldwide, but we rely on donations to be able to do this. Please consider making a donation to help further awareness.
 
Marti Perhach
CEO/Cofounder
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Join us at the International Conference on Group B Strep to be held
July 23-25, 2019

The call for abstracts is open through June 10, 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. Learn how you can start your own fundraiser!
 
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. 
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.
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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!

Group B streptococcus prevalence, serotype distribution and colonization dynamics in Western Australian pregnant women
  • This is the first cohort study to assess GBS colonization in Western Australian pregnant women and will be highly beneficial for guiding clinical practice and future therapeutic options, in particular, the selection of suitable vaccine candidates. View abstract.

Mom shares last photo of 'healthy' newborn taken hours before undetected group B strep death
  • A grieving mother has shared the last family photo that includes her seemingly healthy baby taken just hours before the infant died from an undetected infection. Emily Vandenbrouck told SWNS that the family had attended a fundraiser for a relative last August, where 13-week-old Fleur Edwards was kissed and touched by many people. Full article.
Hospitals to test mums-to-be for risky group-B strep
  • Screening for a life-threatening bacterial infection of babies is to be offered in a trial with 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland. Full article.



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

 
To contact us, please email info@gbs-intl.org
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