We lost Emma at 20 weeks in 2012 and Braiden at 17 weeks in 2013 both from GBS that had somehow crossed into the placenta and attacked my babies. Most doctors have never heard of it happening during pregnancy and only after birth and I tend to get looks like I am crazy because to most doctors it is not possible. But it happened to me and it could happen to anyone. I want to raise awareness to other mothers to get tested throughout pregnancy and get treated so your outcome may be different than mine. Sadly I cannot say if the medications (continuously using antibiotics throughout pregnancy, using probiotics, seeing a high risk every 2 weeks along with an Obgyn and highly fermented foods) will work because since 2013 I have not been able to get pregnant... but I can say there is a plan in place for if I am blessed with another child.
What if we had known how to help protect our babies from GBS?
1) Learn about GBS at www.groupbstrepinternational.org
2) Contribute to the cause by making a donation
The first $25,000 raised ~ GBSI plans to exhibit and/or present at two important international conferences, such as FIGO 2018 and ISPID-ISA 2018, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives 63rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition as well as cover our routine printing and shipping of GBS info to parents and perinatal providers.
The next $5,000 raised~ Have our website and all of our GBS materials fully translated into Spanish and then print and ship Spanish-language GBS info to the many requests we've had over the years.
The next $40,000 raised~ Will provide funding to implement statewide distribution of GBS info through two US State Departments of Health and one smaller country's Department of Health. Funding would include staffing, printing, and distribution of materials. (See what GBS mom, Bevin Tomlin did with the State of Alabama!) AND work with those Departments of Health to ensure that babies' death certificates are being updated when pathology tests results are available so that GBS infections are counted! (We learned that this isn't happening as it should - even in the US - when we were at a perinatal conference in Uruguay last year.)
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Let’s make this the best July so far for GBS awareness!