Resources During Pregnancy

Keeping Safe: Your Pregnancy and Covid
Coronavirus has affected us all in numerous ways. The most important safeguard is information. We hope to help you answer your questions by sharing this information with you. However, it is important to ask your midwife or maternity team if you have any unanswered concerns.
The importance of testing for Group B Streptococcus
The importance of testing for Group B Streptococcus In the UK routine antenatal testing for Strep B, Group B Strep, GBS is currently not offered by the NHS. This is in sharp contrast to many other developed countries such as...
Test designed specifically to detect Group B Strep
Strepelle is the most accurate Group B Strep test kit currently on the market. It is designed specifically to detect Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS). Being highly sensitive, Strepelle utilises the gold standard method of testing. The Enrichment...
Have you Tested for Group B Strep?
20% to 30% of pregnant women unknowingly carry Group B Strep bacteria, usually without harm or symptoms. However, it is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies and meningitis in babies up to the age of 3 months, passing from mother to baby around labour and birth.
Pregnancy at this time : Information and Guidelines
Being Pregnant should be a wonderful time in your life but in these worrying unprecedented times you probably need some reassurance. 
Have you tested for Group B Strep yet?

Why take a Strep B test?

GBS is symptomless and usually harmless to the mother, but in some cases it can cause life-threatening infection to a newborn. When a mother carrying Strep B is untreated 1 in 400 will develop a GBS infection, 1 baby will die and 1 baby will survive with long term disability.

Strep B - why should I test when pregnant?

In the UK, every month an average of 66 babies are diagnosed with a Strep B infection - 40 in the first 6 days (Early on-set) and 26 later in the first week to three months of life (Late –on-set). Group B Strep infection is the most common cause of infection in newborn babies that causes meningitis, sepsis, and pneumonia.

What are the symptoms of late onset Strep B
One third of GBS infections are Late-onset Group B Strep infections and can develop in babies between 7- 90 days.  Although much less common than an early-onset GBS infection it is more likely if your baby is born before 37...
Strep B infection in babies - The signs to look for.
Group B Strep infection in babies Around two thirds of GBS, Strep B, Beta Strep infections are early-onset and occur within the first 6 days of a baby’s life. Most infections are visible at birth or within the first 12...
What I should know about Group B Strep and Pregnancy?
What is Group B Strep? The Group B Streptococcus bacteria lives in the intestines, rectum, and vagina.  Most women have no symptoms and although it is not a sexually transmitted disease it can be passed from one person to another...
Group B Strep, Strep B Testing

Understand the different types of tests available for Group B Strep Carriage.

Make sure you take the right test.

Approximately 25% of pregnant women carry the Strep B bacterium
One newborn baby a day develops a Group B Strep infection coming into contact with GBS during labour and birth. If Group B Strep is passed to a baby, they are at risk of developing a GBS infection.
Raising Awareness of Group B Strep in Pregnancy
The Strepelle Strep B home to laboratory test kit lets parents know, with great accuracy whether Group B Strep will be present during labour and gives them the opportunity to work with their medical team to stop the infection before it is passed to their baby.
Group B Strep screening - GBS3 Trial in UK
This landmark NIHR-funded clinical GBS3 trial aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of GBS infection in new-born babies.
Testing Mothers for Group B Strep saves lives
Testing for Group B Strep can save lives Mothers tested GBS positive should be offered Intravenous antibiotics in labour to reduce the risk of GBS transmission. What Complications can GBS infection cause? Group B streptococcus (GBS, or group B strep)...
July is Group B Strep awareness month
July is international Group B Strep (GBS) Awareness Month. GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. On average in the UK, two babies a day develop GBS infection; one baby per week dies from GBS...
Mummymitchell's review of our Group B Strep test
Read how Mummymitchell, a first time expectant mother, included our Group B strep test in her "Big baby buys" list and read her honest review below! Mummymitchell-BigBabyBuys
Naomi's story
I am one of the lucky mums. My daughter caught Group B Strep infection from me and she survived. I bled at 6 months pregnant and was told via post that I had Group B Strep, my midwife posted a...
Lucy Mitchell Strepelle review
Lucy Mitchell Strepelle review Group B Strep (GBS) is the leading cause of newborn infection in the UK. 1 in 4 women carry the GBS bacteria which can cause life-threatening infection to a newborn. Most GBS infections can be prevented...
Pilot shows that screening mothers for Group B Strep saves babies
Testing for Group B Strep can save lives A Group B Strep (GBS) screening pilot at Northwick Park hospital resulted in an 80 percent reduction in newborn infection. More than 5,300 mothers at the North West Healthcare NHS trust were...
Testing with Strepelle is simple
Testing for GBS with Strepelle Strepelle makes it easy to test for GBS, it's convenient, easy to use and you can test in the comfort of your own home. Our ECM test is specifically designed to detect GBS, fully CE...