Mum Bethany writes, “After 20 minutes of Darcey being born, I noticed something wasn’t right. She was making grunting noises, had a very weak cry and had spit bubbles coming from her mouth. After a visit to the baby doctor, she was immediately put on oxygen and had wires over her chest in an incubator as well as a cannula in her tiny hand.
The best day of our lives had become a complete nightmare. Her bloods were taken and the following day we were met by a doctor who told us Darcey had group B Strep infection. I had never heard of this nor did I know how dangerous this infection could be. We were told they would do all they could. Something no parents should ever have to hear… Darcey was given IV antibiotics every 12 hours for 11 days. She wasn’t allowed milk for three days as her lactose levels were too high. We couldn’t hold her, we just had to sit and pray everything would be OK. Darcey had to have her bloods taken every day. She had to have a lumbar puncture to make sure it hadn’t led to meningitis. Finally, after 11 long days, her bloods were clear and we were finally able to take her home.
More awareness needs to be made and I completely believe that this should be routinely tested during pregnancy.”