Mum Natalie writes “Before the birth of my second daughter, Eleanor, I had never even heard of group b strep, never mind been aware of how dangerous it can be. I’m so glad that a test detected it in pregnancy and I was given the antibiotics required in labour. My healthy 7 lb 14 oz baby girl came into the world safely and healthy and that’s all I could wish for. Eleanor is now a healthy, happy 3 and a half year old!
Then when I fell pregnant in 2017, I was fully aware of group B Strep and despite not being offered a test on the NHS, I was assured I would be given antibiotics again in labour, to prevent any issues. My third little girl (well not so little at 9lb 6oz) arrived safely on 4th September 2018.
Women need to be made more aware of group B Strep before, during and after pregnancy, to ensure they can pick up on any symptoms after birth. Raising awareness is so important.”