Group B streptococcus (GBS)
Group B streptococcus (GBS) also known as group B strep, is one of many different bacteria that normally live in our bodies. Approximately one fifth of women “carry” GBS without knowing or having any symptoms. Women who have GBS may pass this on to their baby during birth. As a precaution, most hospitals carry out a vaginal and/or anal swab at around 36 weeks. If you get a positive test result, your care givers will recommend that you are given intravenous antibiotics during your labour to reduce the chance of your baby being infected with GBS.
Baby Centre Website – Group B Streptococcus