This information is for you if you or anyone you know is expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant or recently had a baby.
GBS is a common bacterium (bug) which is carried in the vagina and rectum of 2–4 in 10 women in the UK. Carrying GBS is not harmful to you but it can affect your baby around the time of birth. GBS can occasionally cause serious infection in newborn babies, and, very rarely, during pregnancy and before labour.
Information covered in this leaflet
- What Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is and how it is found
- What GBS could mean for your baby
- Risk factors for GBS infection in newborn babies, and how the risk can be reduced
- Information about testing for GBS
- Treatment options
- Options for labour and birth if you carry GBS
- Signs of GBS infection in newborn babies
- Information about breastfeeding
- Further information that may be helpful