Group B Strep (GBS) is the focus of a new patient leaflet that will be provided to all pregnant women as part of their routine antenatal care.

GBS is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies but recent surveys have shown that many pregnant women feel inadequately informed about the illness. On average two babies a day develop the infection, with one a week dying and one a week being left with a life-changing disability.

Written by experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the campaigning charity Group B Strep Support, the leaflet will ensure women are equipped with high-quality information, including how to minimise the risk of infection in their baby.

Commenting on the launch of the leaflet, Edward Morris, vice president for clinical quality, RCOG, said: “While many pregnant women carry GBS, in the majority of cases, their babies are born safely and without developing an infection. However, GBS infection in newborn babies can be dangerous. By providing all pregnant women with an information leaflet on GBS for the first time, we can help to raise awareness and save the lives of babies.”

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