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Group B Strep FAQ



A description of Group B Strep and its serious but preventable effects on newborns. Questions from mothers and fathers and answers from the researcher of Group B Strep at the Center for Disease Control, OB/GYN's, Midwifes, and Group B Strep specialists. Birth stories of parents who have felt the effects of Group B Strep. More birth stories and questions welcome! How to join our mailing list if you have felt the effects of Group B Strep or would like to eductate yourself further so you can then, in turn, eductate the public.

This FAQ about Group B Strep was compiled and written by cheryls@wco.com (Cheryl Sandberg) with numerous contributions by others.

For those of you with the urge to do some more research on the subject: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/gbstrep/index.html http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/bacter/strep_b.htm This is the Center for Disease Control FAQ page on Group B Strep.

-What is Group B Strep infection?
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is found in ...
-Who may be affected by Group B Strep Disease?
* 15,000 to 18,000 newborns and adults in the U.S. will contract ...
-How Common is GBS Disease in Newborns?
Approximately 8,000 babies in the U.S. contract serious GBS disease ...
-How Do Babies Get Sick From GBS Disease?
Typically, babies are exposed to GBS during labor and delivery; they ...
-Are Certain Babies More Vulnerable to GBS Disease?
Premature babies, with their less-developed bodies and immune systems, ...
-How is a baby tested for GBS disease?
Babies who develop the signs listed above should be evaluated ...
-How is GBS Transmitted? IS GBS a Sexually Transmitted Disease?
GBS is naturally occurring bacterium in the human body of both women ...
-Can Pregnant Women Be Checked for GBS Colonization?
The GBS Association advocates that every pregnant woman be screened ...
-What are a Mother's Risk Factors For Developing GBS Disease?
* Positive culture for GBS colonization at 35-37 ...
-How Can GBS Disease in Newborns and Mothers Be Prevented?
Giving antibiotics (such as penicillin) through the vein during labor ...
-Is There a Vaccine for GBS?
Researchers are actively working to develop a GBS vaccine. Use of ...
-Should Women Who Have Had A Previous GBS Positive Baby Have More Children?
Women who have had problems due to GBS in the past should inform ...
-GBS and Breastfeeding
No data suggests that breastfeeding can pass GBS from a mother to ...
-Prevention Is Key!!
In at least 90% of the births where the mother is properly tested ...









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