Group B Strep Screen (GBSS ECM) and Birth Plan Scan
A rectal and vaginal swab test to test for Group B Strep at around 36 weeks of pregnancy for women planning a vaginal birth. If the test is positive then antibiotics can be given to the woman in labour to reduce the risk of infection in the baby or the baby can have closer monitoring after birth for signs of early onset Group B Strep infection. The test uses special enriched culture medium (ECM) which is more accurate than routine swabs methods.
Also includes a “Birth Plan Scan” or Wellbeing Scan to ensure the baby is head first, well grown, healthy and ready for a vaginal birth. Routine care (measuring and feeling the bump) misses half the babies who are not growing properly and a third who are breech.
Click this link to read more! from the UK GBSS Support Group or Dr Beattie’s article published by the Royal College of Midwives