Group B Strep (GBS) has been around for a very long time. But like so much in the area of obstetric care, we continue to understand more about it. Most of us carry this bacterium in our gut but in around 15-30% of women, GBS also colonises their vagina. This can create problems during pregnancy because GBS can make microscopic (very small) holes in the amniotic sac and infect the baby through the amniotic fluid. Around 7% of women with GBS develop an infection of the amniotic sac, otherwise known as chorionamnionitis.
All of us have one type of four blood types – A, B, AB or O. And as an extra bonus, blood types are either positive or negative - this is known as the Rhesus factor (Rh) factor. If you have a specific protein, also known as an antigen, sitting on the surface of your red blood cells then you are positive and if you don’t, then you’re negative.
There’s lots of information around for mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding when they return to paid work. But there’s less when it comes to bottle feeding. Perhaps because the practicalities seem a whole lot easier. After all, what could be simpler than making up a couple of bottles in advance and keeping them in the fridge until the baby’s hungry?
Childcare is a reality for many families. In-home day care, centre-based care, care provided by family or friends, occasional, part time, long day care or full time care are all variations on a theme. And although the specifics can vary enormously, there are some universal truths when it comes to making the childcare adjustment for parents and their children.