When I was pregnant with Xander, we didn’t know I had Group B Strep, which is a major cause of deadly infection in newborns and can be passed from mother to baby during birth. It wasn’t until after my emergency C-section. Xan was having difficulty breathing when he was born, so he was put into the HDU for a while, but because of my infection, we both had to stay in hospital for a week after the birth with both of us on antibiotics to make sure we were both fine.
All this could have been avoided if I had been tested for Group B Strep before I went into labour.
GBS is commonly found in the digestive system and the female reproductive system. It’s estimated that about one in four pregnant women in the UK carry GBS.
There is currently a petition circulating urging the Department of Health to ensure every woman is routinely given accurate information about group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) during antenatal care; every low-risk woman is offered a sensitive test for GBS, ideally at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy; and every higher-risk woman is offered antibiotics in labour.
If you live in the UK, please do sign the petition. It will only take a moment of your time and every signature counts. It could make the difference between life and death for some, or a life permanently affected to others.
Thank you for reading and signing.