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Group B streptococcus in pregnancy: intrapartum care choices for women

Claire Madsen, Consultant physiotherapist and deputy clinical director, Bristol Community Health, Bristol, England.

Aileen Fraser, Clinical director, Bristol Community Health, Bristol, England.

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Level: Qualified nurses
  • Last updated: 2016
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This learning module discusses the dangers that group B streptococcus (GBS), a normally benign gram-positive bacterium, can pose during birth.

Current intrapartum care recommendations, including the use of antibiotics to counter overwhelming sepsis, are highlighted, as are the issues faced by childbearing families and their healthcare providers when a baby may be exposed to GBS colonisation during vaginal delivery.


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Nina Whittle, Senior lecturer in maternity, community and child nursing, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex.
Penny Champion, Case loading midwife, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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