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A favour to ask – please sign this petition if you’re in the UK

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.

Sign the petition HERE.

That’s Life Magazine with offensively misleading headline story…

That’s Life Magazine (a publication I would never buy in the first place, but that’s beside the point) has released an issue with the main cover story headline as follows:

 My warning to Mums – Breastfeeding left me infertile

I am so shocked and angered by this I’ve been compelled to send an email of complaint:

 I am appalled and distressed by the negative message your cover story headline “My warning to Mums – Breastfeeding left me infertile” on your most recent issue.

Whether or not anyone buys this magazine, it is highly irresponsible to emblazon such a false message right across the front cover. I’m aware that magazines such as yours use sensationalism to raise sales, but this is beyond the pale and an insult to mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

In future, please do not print such biased and blatantly misleading headlines – it would do you much credit to instead give FACTS:

* Anorexia (which, from all accounts, the Mum in question is a sufferer) can adversely affect fertility.
* Breastfeeding can reduce fertility while you are nursing but does NOT leave you infertile.
* Fertility goes back to normal when weaning occurs and even whilst breastfeeding it is still possible to fall pregnant.

I think it is only fair that an apology be printed on your cover reading “We got it wrong – Breastfeeding does NOT leave you infertile!”

Yours sincerely,
Kell Smurthwaite
(An angry mother who breastfed her son for 14 months!)

I urge others to follow suit and email the publication direct regarding this. If you want to complain to them, please do so using their email address: stories@thatslife.co.uk

Apparently they promise to answer ALL emails, so please do give them lots to answer!

I also urge people to join the Facebook group HERE.