Preventing group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in newborn babies

This information is intended for you if you are expecting a baby or planning to become pregnant. It tells you about:

  • Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in babies in the first week after birth, otherwise known as early onset neonatal GBS infection, and referred to as ‘GBS’ throughout this information
  • why GBS can be dangerous for newborn babies
  • the most effective ways recommended in the UK for preventing GBS in newborn babies.

It aims to help you and your healthcare team make the best decisions about your care. It is not meant to replace advice from a doctor, midwife or nurse about your own situation.


The leaflet can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the link below.