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Group B streptococcus in pregnancy: intrapartum care choices for women

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  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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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.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

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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