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Every pregnant woman should know about Group B Strep. If you are pregnant and have not heard of it, please ask your doctor. If you are pregnant, you could be at risk!
Group B Strep is the leading infectious killer of newborns. Group B Strep bacteria is a natural occuring bacteria that exists in the intestinal tract of approximately 30% of the population. Group B Strep colonization is usually not a problem for healthy adults, but babies who may ingest the bacteria during labour and delivery can become very ill, resulting in potential long term permanent disabilities or death.

Where to Start?

Group B Strep Index of Resources

Group B Strep Association
The GBSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of GBS infection

Group B Strep Bacteria And Disease
What is Group B Strep (GBS)?
Who May Be Affected by Group B Strep?

Group B Strep And Your Baby
How Common is GBS Disease in Newborns?
How Do Babies Get Sick from GBS Disease?
Are Certain Babies More Vulnerable to GBS Disease?
How is a Baby Tested for GBS disease?

Group B Strep Bacteria And Disease In Pregnant Women
How is GBS transmitted? - Is GBS a sexually transmitted Disease?
Can pregnant women be checked for GBS colonization?
What are a mother's risk factors for developing GBS disease?

Preventing Group B Strep Disease
How can GBS disease in newborns and mothers be prevented?
Is There a Vaccine for GBS?
Having more children after having a GBS positive baby previously
GBS and Breastfeeding

Learn About Group B Strep

Cheryl Sandburg's mailing list for information and support of GBS related issues.

Group B Strep Mailing Lists
Mailing List Information
Mailing List Archives (members only)
Support for Parents who have lost Children to GBS
GBS Support for those who have a Common Faith in God
Straight Talk: Am I at Risk for Infecting my Baby
So You're GBS Positive; Now What?
GBS Myths
Common Questions GBS+ Parents Ask

Canadian Group B Strep Resources

Guidelines and Recommendations

Center of Disease Control - Group B Streptococal Disease
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada - Clinical Practice Guidelines (adobe acrobat required)
SOGC- GBS Brochure
Group B Strep Support (UK)
March of Dimes - Group B Strep Infection
American Academy of Pediatrics GBS Guidelines
North American Vaccine - Group B Streptococal Infection in Infants(Sorry, link down)
The Jesse Cause
Neonatology On the Web Teaching Files - GBS

Online Medical Journals/Studies

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease,
Tamara Walker, MD, Benjamin Estrada, MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile,
Infections in Medicine, Infect Med 18(9):419-427, 2001. © 2001 Cliggott Publishing Co., Division of SCP/Cliggott Communications, Inc.
Medscape Resource Center - GBS
A Revised Strategy for the Prevention of Group B Streptococcal Infection in Pregnant Women and Their Newborns -Russell W. Steele, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Children's Hospital
PubMed GBS Search Results
Risk Factors for Early-onset Group B Streptococcal Sepsis:
Estimation of Odds Ratios by Critical Literature Review

Pediatrics Vol. 103 No. 6 June 1999, p. e77
Antimicrobial Prevention of Early-onset Group B Streptococcal Sepsis: Estimates of Risk Reduction Based on a Critical Literature Review
PEDIATRICS Vol. 103 No. 6 June 1999, p. e78
Preventing Early-onset Group B Streptococcal Sepsis: Strategy Development Using Decision Analysis
PEDIATRICS Vol. 103 No. 6 June 1999, p. e76

American Academy of Family Physicians - Editorials on GBS
Virtual Hospital: Group B Strep
Family Practice Notebook :Chorioamnionitis
Family Practice Notebook :Group B Streptococcus
National Centre for Streptococcus -Canada
The Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada - Group B Strep
Group B streptococcal infection Guidelines, statements, opinions, evidence based medicine
MatWeb - Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine guidelines
Group B Streptococcal Infection In Pregnancy
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba
Canada Communicable Disease Report - Volume 22-6, 15 March 1996
Strategies for Preventing Early Onset Group B Streptococcal Infection
Canadian Physicians’ Preferences and Ratings of Effectiveness and Feasibility
Health Canada -Health Protection Branch - Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
Canadian Medical Association Journal 2001;164(4):479-85
Physicians' prevention practices and incidence of neonatal group B streptococcal disease in 2 Canadian regions
Paediatr Child Health 1999;4(7):465-469
Relationship between antenatal group B streptococcal vaginal colonization and premature labour
Paediatr Child Health 1999;4(4):257-263
The Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of neonatal group B streptococcal infections in Canada
New!! Characterization of Group B Streptococcal Invasion of Human Chorion and Amnion Epithelial Cells In Vitro
Infection and Immunity, October 1998, p. 4932-4941, Vol. 66, No. 10

Abstracts from American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Online


The Women's Network

Selected articles from iVillage's channels, such as ParentsPlace and AllHealth

Ivillage MessageBoards
Group B Strep Message Board at ParentsPlace

Group B Strep in Pregnancy?
Persistent Group B Strep
Group B Strep in Pregnancy
Group B strep: Should you see a specialist?
Update on Testing for Group B Strep During Pregnancy


Why are pregnant women tested for Group B Strep?
What is this bacteria?
If I have it, what are my baby's risks of getting it, too?
How would my baby be treated?
Is it routine for pregnant women to be tested for GBS?
When should I be tested?
How will I be treated if I test positive?

Alternative Remedies

Gentle Birth Midwifery Archives

Discussions on GBS from a midwifery perspective

Resources - About Group B Strep (GBS)
Sources of GBS Infection
Negative Effects of Antibiotic Therapy
Reducing GBS Colonization with Alternative Treatments
GBS Treatment for Homebirth
Antibiotic Alternatives to Penicillin
Dangers of Penicillin
Repeat Pregnancies and GBS
Prolonged Rupture in GBS Negative Woman
Saline in "Hep Locks"
Breastfeeding/Nursing and GBS
Hopes for Vaccine

Gloria Lemay's Holistic Approach to Group B Strep on BirthLove
GBS and Homebirth - Notes from Midwifery Today
Adherence of Human Vaginal Lactobacilli to Vaginal Epithelial Cells and Interaction with Uropathogens
Infect Immun, May 1998, p. 1985-1989, Vol. 66, No. 5

Please note that, although there may be some value to holistic and natural appropaches in dealing with Group B Strep in pregnancy, these remedies are not proven to work and should not be taken as an equal replacement for conventional antibiotics.

News Stories

Screen for baby infection - BBC Oct 20, 2000
Proposed Component of a Multivalent GBS Vaccine Tested Successfully - Reuters Oct 10, 2000
Rapid Detection of Group B Streptococci in Pregnant Women at Delivery - NEJM Volume 343:175-179 July 20, 2000
The Mom Who Saved Thousands of Lives Sept 2000, McCalls page 66
Common Vaginal Condition Increases Riskof Preterm Delivery and Low Birth Weight, Dec 1995
A closer look at Group B Strep... causes, outcome and what can be done (Feb 28, 2000, Naples-Collier News)
Vaccine for Group B Strep (12/2/1996, San Ramon Valley Times )
Group B Strep Vaccine Shows Promise In Clinical Studies (1996, NIAID press release)
Miscellaneous GBS News Articles

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