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Group B Strep (GBS)

A big question I am frequently asked about is Group B Strep (GBS), which many women find out about in pregnancy and the results can have a big implication on birth preferences.

There is lots of risk analysis to weigh up with GBS so everybody’s decision will be individual to them. A great place to start is by getting informed.

Some things to think about include:

    • What is GBS and when is it tested?
    • Who has it and are there any symptoms?
    • If I have it in pregnancy does that mean I will have it in labour?
    • Is testing accurate and when is the best time to test?
    • What does the research say about¬†treatment options?
    • Are there advantages and risks of treatment or in fact- no treatment?
    • Are there particular risk factors to consider?
    • How does GBS status alter birth preferences?

Where can I get more information?

An excellent resource for more information is by Sara Wickham. She is a midwife researcher and has written some excellent articles on GBS (and many other topics). See There are also AIMS booklets available (Association of improvements in maternity services) and these have a small charge but are packed with  information. See

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