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Lucky to have my little lady

When I found out I was group B Strep positive I didn't think much to it due to lack of knowledge and hospital didn't seem fussed. I was told to come in for antibiotics in labour. Unfortunately it wasn't that straight forward. I got to hospital as soon as possible, by now my contractions were 3 minutes apart. Her heart rate was over 200 BPM yet hospital weren't bothered. They gave me the first dose of antibiotics but within 2 hours she was here. She had to be resuscitated at birth. It took her just shy of 5 mins to breathe. They then said all was well and gave her to me but she didn't seem right. I asked [...]

Group B Strep – no antibiotics

When I was 24 weeks pregnant I went to the doctors as I was showing signs of what I thought was a water infection, the doctor took swabs and a urine sample. I had a call about a week later from the doctor to say I had group B Strep, he gave me antibiotics and that was it. It was only then when I googled it I found how harmful it could be, I then found the Group B Strep Support Facebook page and felt at ease finding out more information. when mentioned to the midwife they were very laid back about it. A note was put on my file to say I would require antibiotics during labour. At [...]

Elodie’s story

On May 7th 2015 our daughter, and fourth child, Elodie, was 16 weeks old. I had had no concerns about her health during the previous night or really that morning, the only things being she was a little more unsettled than usual and when we walked to school her hands seemed to get cold, however for May it was a cold day. I went to vote in the general election at lunchtime and on the way out of the polling station she retched two or three times, she wasn’t sick and it didn’t happen again after that. Back at home I put her down for a sleep and after an hour she woke up, again crying, which I took [...]

Elliott’s GBS story

At 31 weeks pregnant i went into spontaneous labour with my son. I laboured well and after 15 hours Elliott was born safely and admitted to neonatal care. Immediately after the birth I started to display symptoms of sepsis, vomiting, shivering, disorientation and a high temperature. Elliott progressed well in neonatal care until two weeks after the birth when he started to show signs of sepsis, he was grunting and had a high temperature. He was ventilated and put onto antibiotics; a lumbar puncture was attempted but failed. Before falling ill, his eyes had been weeping and a swab had been taken; this swab was found to contain Strep B. He was then treated for late-onset Strep B. When [...]

Ava Rose’s GBS Story

When Ava Rose was born, she was grunting when breathing. There was meconium so they told me they think she had breathed some in.  I waited to hold her and when I did it was for about a minute then she was taken to the NICU. They done bloods, an X-ray and a lumbar puncture and told me she had an infection. My partner was with her but as I'd had an epidural I couldn't get to her and a porter never came. I went to her and she was just alone in this box with wires everywhere, I didn't know if I could hold her or change her. I wasn't allowed to feed her (she was nil by [...]

They ‘forgot’ to tell me!

"I was unaware I had strep B until I was being induced. My hospital folder had the strep b stickers but the hospital failed to inform me of this. I tested positive during a urine sample at 12 weeks. Our little boy was born healthy, but an hour later started showing symptoms of GBS. His breathing wasn’t right. The next thing we knew, he was being rushed to the neo-natal unit in an incubator on oxygen. It was a very scary and frightening time. I wished we would have had more information before hand. Our baby stayed on the unit for a few days on oxygen while having blood cultures & antibiotics. Everything turned out fine & we could [...]

Evan George Brooke Steel

In 2007, we found out we were expecting our first child; we hadn't planned for this but were thrilled nonetheless that we were going to be parents. On the 17th August 2007, Evan George Brooke Steel, our first son, was born. The most perfect and adorable son you will ever see... an angel. During the long and complicated labour, although there were major signs that something was very wrong with Evan, senior staff failed to intervene. It wasn't until Evan was delivered, they realised his cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times. On top of this Laura was also a carrier of GBS. A combination of both these factors left Evan severely brain damaged. We had a few brief [...]

Our story…

My name is Emma. When I was 16, I fell pregnant with my daughter Amelia-Louise. Although young, I was more than excited for my baby's arrival. "As I was a young soon-to-be-mum, many things I mentioned to my midwife seemed brushed off. One of them was that I was leaking water and I was highly uncomfortable. I was constantly told it was just nothing to worry about and that on top of a small amount of leaking it was a simple yeast infection (thrush) at 32 weeks. I was swabbed by my personal midwife and informed I had Group Strep B. I was placed on antibiotics and told it was simply nothing to worry about. I was told I would need [...]

The day our lives changed forever!

"15th November 2009; the day our lives would change forever. Having previously given birth to his big sister in 2007 without any problems whatsoever; we were oblivious that GBS sepsis even existed. Here we were in the delivery suite at the hospital, labour in full swing and eagerly awaiting the safe arrival of our precious baby boy, blissfully unaware of what we had to come. Out came his head and while I waited for the next contraction the Midwife noticed that he was making a grunting noise, "that'll be some mucus, we will feed him as soon as we can after birth to wash it down" she said. And with the next contraction out he came, she placed him straight [...]

GBS took us by surprise

Cooper is our 2nd son and is now 3 years old. I only briefly heard about GBS from another mother in a postnatal group following the birth of our 1st son, Oakley, and never thought much about it. With Cooper I was lucky enough to give birth in a wonderful midwifery led unit. I remember he slept a lot in the first 12 hours and didn't feed for long, however I had heard the pethidine injection I had could make babies a bit drowsy. Before being discharged the midwife was concerned he hadn't fed long enough, but after our conversation he did wake up, have one big feed before falling back to sleep and I advised the midwife I was [...]