Group B Strep – Gail Hart


About this course...

Group B streptococci (GBS) are bacteria that live inside the gastrointestinal tract, bladder and/ or throat of many people, including pregnant and laboring women. The estimated prevalence of GBS is 5-80 per cent of the population (which shows, if nothing else, the varying usefulness of such numbers).

GBS is generally benign in adults, only posing a danger to those with compromised immunity, and also in most babies who pick up these bacteria during birth. But it can occasionally cause serious harm to others. Because of this, pregnant women may be offered screening and intervention-yet another pond of uncertainty to swim in as they are faced with complex numbers, difficult decisions and tiny chances of developing very serious conditions.