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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published a new patient information leaflet Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies. This leaflet provides advice for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant about Group B Streptococcus infection in newborn babies.

Download the leaflet here

Audio and large print versions are also available at the same link.

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Group B streptococcal disease RCOG Greentop No 36 updated

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated Group B Streptococcal Disease, Early-onset (Green-top Guideline No 36).  This guideline guidance for obstetricians, midwives and neonatologists on the prevention of early-onset (less than 7 days of age) neonatal group B streptococcal (EOGBS) disease.

GBS is recognised as the most frequent cause of severe early-onset infection in newborn infants. GBS is present in the bowel flora of 20–40% of adults (colonisation) and those who are colonised are called ‘carriers’. This includes pregnant women. There is variation in practice across the UK regarding the best strategies to prevent EOGBS disease.

Download the full guideline here