Team from county-based website for mums helps raise money for Group B Streptococcus

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A Northamptonshire business has taken part in fun run to raise money and awareness for a bacterial infection which affects newborn babies.

Staff from MumStuff.co.uk based in Towcester ran the 5km Big Fun Run on July 21 in Milton Keynes.

A spokeswoman said: “We wish we had known about Group B Streptococcus (GBS) before our children were born and we hope, by doing this we will be informing others and infections can be prevented.

“It is also an issue very close to our hearts, as two members of the MumStuff Team have sisters who had GBS during their pregnancies. ”

GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, although most pregnant women have never even heard of it.

Carrying GBS is harmless, but the germ can cause infection. GBS infection occurs most often in newborn babies before, during or shortly after birth – thankfully, this happens relatively rarely. Without any screening, it is estimated that 700 newborn babies would develop GBS disease. With the current risk based screening, this is reduced to about 340 per year (NICE guidelines 2010) – but with proper systematic screening using sensitive culture this could fall by another 75 percent to only 68. Up to 10 percent of babies infected with GBS die and some survivors will suffer serious long-term mental or physical disabilities as a result.

MumStuff Ltd. has been offering free Group B Strep Testing Kits for many years on their website MumStuff.co.uk and recently dispatched their 10,000 testing kit! The kits they offer are the ‘gold standard’ Enriched Culture Method as promoted by Group B Strep Support.

With the help of their family and friends, The MumStuff Team are hoping to raise £500 for Group B Strep Support, to help raise awareness of GBS infection in babies, increase the use of preventative medicine and to support research into GBS prevention.

You can support the MumStuff team online at justgiving.com/mumstuff or text GBSS99 £3 to 70070. For more information about GBS, call 01444 416176 or visit www.gbss.org.uk.