July 09, 2019
If you’ve ever given birth, you were probably tested for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacteria that can be passed from mother to baby during labor and delivery. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis and bloodstream infections in newborns. There are roughly 2,000 cases and 50 fatalities a year, but antibiotics during delivery can prevent mom from passing GBS on to her new baby. Here’s what pregnant women need to know.
GBS usually doesn’t affect adults, but it can be life threatening for newborns, so make sure you’re tested before you deliver. A simple antibiotic can save your baby’s life!