Today the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say "Mothers-to-be should be aware of unintentional chemical exposures" - risks which, according to the report's authors are unlikely to be "truly harmful for most babies." Yet they fail to recommend either informign all pregnant women about group B Strep (GBS) or offering them testing for carriage late in pregnancy, despite GBS being recognised as the leading cause of severe infection in newborn babies in the UK. Huh?
This comes hard on the heels of the recommendation to test pregnant women to see if they're smoking - something a pregnant woman will know and be able to tell her health team. Carrying group B Strep is however silent - the only way to find out whether you are is to test, but the RCOG doesn't recommend testing - though they recommend treating the pregnant women in labour if it's found.
Anyone else think this is completely illogical?