Group B Strep is one of the normal inhabitant bacterias of vaginal and anal areas. Higher levels of growth present on swabs done around 36 weeks alert caregivers to the potential for this to become a problem in labour. Some women choose to have the IV antibiotics, and some don’t. Either way, the placenta can still be encapsulated as the high heat of steaming and/or dehydrating kills any remnant bacteria.
On the 30th June 2017, the Centres for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) in America published a report associating the consumption of placenta capsules by a mother with the late onset of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection in her infant (1). Since then there has been numerous news reports, articles, discussions within the birth and parenting worlds on social media and speculation by many. But what do we actually know about this case and about the process of placenta encapsulation? Please read this article by Placenta Services Australia, and this article by Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA).