Group B Streptococcus is the UK's most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under age 3 months.
Most of these infections are preventable.
Having previously heard about group B Strep I decided to test privately when I was 36 weeks pregnant. After a positive result, I was sent an information pack, a letter for my midwife team, and alert stickers for my maternity notes.
After Martha was born, we stayed in the hospital for three nights where she was carefully monitored until we were allowed home the next day.
I am so glad I knew I was group B Strep positive, and that Martha was cared for so thoroughly.