This post offers links to all of the group B strep-related resources on my website, as well as to some other interesting reviews and articles that are available online. This topic is one that I have been researching for a number of years. I currently offer an online course called Group B Strep Explored and I have also written a book on this topic, Group B Strep Explained.
My articles on this site (which are all freely available) include:
- The War on Group B Strep (2003).
Note: the above article summarises the 2009 issue of the Cochrane review on antibiotics for GBS, which highlights the paucity of randomised controlled trials and discusses the way in which the data that are available show that antibiotics “did not significantly reduce the incidence of all cause mortality, mortality from GBS infection or from infections caused by bacteria other than GBS.” (Ohlsson & Shah 2009: 1)
The findings of the Cochrane team remained the same for the 2014 update, and I wrote a blog post about the 2014 review which includes a summary and links.
- Whether and how to treat Group B Strep: the continuing gulf between evidence and practice…
- Incorporating bacteria into childbirth education
- Maternal antibiotics (e.g. for GBS) and imbalance in baby’s gut bacteria
- Group B strep: the realm of mysteries
- What do you think about chlorhexidine?
Other freely available online resources include:
- An RCOG query bank response on GBS and water birth (which refers to the above article).
And finally, as I am so often contacted by women who wished they had had more information and/or known more about their rights when they gave birth, I highly recommend Birthrights’ Consenting to Treatment factsheet and the AIMS website and helpline and urge anyone who is facing decisions in this area to get as much information as possible from as many different perspectives as possible.