Title

Exploring the professional issue of group B streptococcus screening in pregnancy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Ingentaconnect

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19910

Comments

Originally published as: Bicheno, S., & Geraghty, S. (2015). Exploring the professional issue of group B streptococcus screening in pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth, 5(4), 224-228. Original article available here

Abstract

Throughout pregnancy, women are offered various screenings and diagnostic procedures. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) screening is currently a routine screening process in Australia, but not in the United Kingdom, which is offered to women at 35–37 weeks gestation. The results of GBS screening alter a woman's course of care for labor and the postnatal period. This article is a review of evidence, policy, and clinical practice and aims to determine whether GBS screening is necessary and whether the screening has a positive or negative impact on women and their babies.

DOI

10.1891/2156-5287.5.4.224

Access Rights

Not open access