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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kyla and Charlie

Jemma Potter was 27 when her daughter Kyla was stillborn. Layton and I met back in 2007, we fell in love, we bought a house, we got a dog and we got married. We were so happy with life and we were ready more than ever to start a family. After five years of trying, we finally got pregnant through fertility treatment; we were so happy and excited. Everything went perfect the whole pregnancy was a wonderful experience. At 41 weeks, I had a stretch and sweep to kick things off & as the labour progressed, I jumped into the birthing pool as planned. By 4:10am on 7th March 2014 my little girl arrived, I could hear everyone saying, "she`s [...]

Knowledge was key!

Knowledge was key - arriving with ruptured waters at 35+4 wks at my Labour Ward, I was taken for examination to see if I was dilating. During this I explained I was due my 36 wk check up in a few days and could they perform my GBS swab (which 9 yrs ago was routinely done). Although they didn't think I was going into full blown labour, they did it. Within 24 hours I had delivered my little boy who was a healthy 5lbs, however I had tested positive for GBS. My baby was admitted for 5 days and we stayed on the delivery suite where twice a day we would go to the NICU to receive antibiotics. Luckily the cultures [...]

Mason

My son was born by emergency C section on the 1/1/15, after finding out during pregnancy that I was a GBS carrier. I had 5 lots of antibiotics giving during labour, Mason was born with meningitis due to me having group b strep. He is now 20 months old and living a perfectly healthy life! However without knowledge, he wouldn't be here today! Every pregnant woman should be offered this test during pregnancy. Click here to share your story Click here to go back to the GBS Book of Experience

Lily Amber

A year ago, my partner and I were recovering from a miscarriage. We were devastated. Days after I was told some results had come back and I was carrying group B strep. I would need antibiotics in labour if I fell pregnant again or my baby could die or be born terribly ill. 3 months later, a second line appeared on the pregnancy test. A trip to the doctors confirmed it. They sent off my urine and, a few days later, I was called back to the doctors. I had a significant amount of group b strep present in my urine to warrant antibiotics then and there. I accepted them, fearing the worst if I didn't. Three more times over the duration [...]

Baby Pelham

At 10 days old Pelham woke in the night very fussy and making peculiar noises. Tried to feed him but he was not interested at all. The noise turned into a grunt with every breath. I knew I was a carrier of group B Strep as I'd been given antibiotics through pregnancy and labour, but still alarm bells did not ring. After hours of trying to settle and feed to no avail we contacted our midwife and went to see them. She immediately rang hospital and we were told to go directly to a ward. Pelham had stopped grunting but had not fed for 10hrs and was very lethargic. On arriving at York Hospital, he was checked over and almost [...]