Announcing the Formation of Group B Strep International (GBSI)!
Group B Strep International (GBSI) was formed in April 2006 by John MacDonald and Marti Perhach who each lost a daughter to Group B strep (GBS). Both John and Pam MacDonald’s daughter, Hannah, and Chris and Marti Perhach’s daughter, Rose, were stillborn full-term.
John and Marti each began to promote GBS awareness and prevention on a national level throughout the United States. Group B Strep International has been founded to expand the scope and the audience of this campaign.
Our mission is to promote international awareness and prevention of Group B Strep disease in babies before birth through early infancy. Our goal is to be a central resource for GBS information in a variety of languages for both the general public and medical professionals. The scope of our mission includes actively supporting the GBS awareness and prevention efforts of individuals and organizations on a community or national level.
What is Group B Strep?
GBS is a bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive tract and birth canal of 1 in 4 pregnant women. These women “carry” or are “colonized” with GBS. However, GBS can come and go at any time so each pregnancy can be different. Babies can be “infected” by GBS before birth and up to 6 months of age because of their underdeveloped immune systems.
July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month
We need your help in promoting Group B Strep Awareness and Prevention. Each year in North America alone there are over 19,000 babies diagnosed with GBS disease — think of how many more babies are infected worldwide! Help us to promote Group B Strep Awareness and Prevention in your community.
Join Our International GBS Awareness Campaign
You can help in our campaign to promote GBS awareness and prevention. Parents, friends, and healthcare professionals are needed to deliver our message about GBS. Here are just a few ways you can help:
Parents ~ Grandparents ~ Friends
Share your GBS story on our website
Distribute GBSI’s brochure in your community
Call the health editor of your local newspaper to do an article on GBS
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper