Tag: GBS

Incorporating bacteria into childbirth education

The past couple of years have seen more germ-related research, thinking and discussion than ever, and there is a noteable swing away from the one-sided view that germs are ‘bad’ things to be avoided and washed away with antibacterial soap…

Quote of the Month – May 2015

“To study neonatal Streptococcal B infection is to enter the realm of mysteries… How to explain that microbes from maternal origin may be pathogenic for the baby? Several decades ago, we learned that, compared with the placenta of other mammals,…

Who safeguards mothers?

While routine screening for group B streptococcus is not recommended in the UK, women are sometimes coincidentally found to be carrying these bacteria during investigations of symptoms in pregnancy. If such women decide to decline intravenous antibiotics for themselves in…

Quote of the month for February 2015

“In my view there are two main issues that hamper the assessment of harms and benefits of antenatal GBS screening. The first is the artefact introduced by using GBS culture-positivity when assessing the outcome of the use of IAP [intrapartum…

What do you think about Chlorhexidine?

Researching and writing a book is always a sure-fire means of generating a list of interesting things that one might want to look into one day, and my recent Group B Strep project didn’t let me down in this regard! …

Group B Strep resources

Yesterday evening saw the launch event for my new book, Group B Strep Explained, so it seems liks a good day to share a resources page with links to all of my work on this topic, as well as to…

Group B Strep Explained

After a long Summer of writing, I am really happy to tell you that my latest AIMS book, Group B Strep Explained, is now rolling off the presses!  Already available to pre-order from AIMS website, the book costs £8 and…

Questioning screening: food for thought

Are you aware that the vast majority of the things that midwives do during antnatal and postnatal checks and when looking after women in labour are actually screening tests?  No matter whether we are checking a woman’s blood pressure, urine…