Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in Pregnancy
As many as 4 in 10 women in the UK carry the GBS bacterium (bug) in their vagina or rectum. It's not harmful to you but can occasionally cause serious infection in newborn babies and very rarely during pregnancy or before labour. Testing for GBS is not routinely carried out by the NHS but many women are not aware that they can pay to have the test privately for around £35. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have released a new information leaflet for expectant parents which you can read here. We'll discuss this further at the Happy Parents. Happy Baby. antenatal course and answer any questions you may have about the need for testing or implications for your baby.