Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacteria found in the vagina and bowel.

There are usually no symptoms.

This bacteria can be detected in a urine sample or vaginal swab.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 pregnant women has Group B Streptococcus bacteria in their vagina and /or digestive system.
GBS bacteria are usually not harmful but they can be passed from mother to child during labour and can be very dangerous for some newborn infants.
If you test positive for carrying GBS, you will be offered antibiotics during labour.

Babies developing GBS infections after birth is rare, affecting only 1 in every 2,000 births.
If you are in any way concerned about this, talk to your Midwife or Doctor.