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Group B Strep Awareness month

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month, an annual campaign to highlight the importance of group B Strep awareness, education and research.

Group B Strep is very common with up to 2 in 5 people having it in their body. Carrying group B Strep is normally harmless, but it can be a problem for pregnant women because it can lead to infection in their baby during labour and in the early weeks after birth.

Although there have been new recommendations published around giving pregnant women information on group B Strep, and offering testing to some pregnant women, these are not always being followed. As a result, pregnant women face a postcode lottery, potentially receiving significantly different care from recommended practice.

We have some helpful resources for patients and health professionals on group Strep B in our maternity section of the hub.

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