As it is Strep B Awareness Month, I am taking this opportunity to share our story. Please share and hopefully it will help at least one woman take the test…
The picture shows the 2 things I am most proud of…. My 2 children. It is a beautiful picture, however, although it fills me with pride, it also fills me with sadness. This is the only picture that my 2 children will ever be in together. This is the only picture Ivy will ever share with her older brother Frankie. Why??
Frankie died of a preventable infection called early-onset group B Strep infection, 4 days after birth. He didn’t need to die, he shouldn’t have died. If I had been tested and given antibiotics in labour he might have survived! It is as simple as that… GBS infection in newborns can be preventable!!!!
Ivy will never know her big brother, she will never grow up with him, or share special moments with him. We will do our best to keep his memory alive, but it will never be the same.
This is our story… Do not let it be yours! Please, please read about GBS and understand the risks. Do not let medical professionals brush it off as a rarity. It is not – on average 4 babies a month die of GBS in the UK and 6 are left permanently disabled. This number is far too high!!!!
July is Strep B awareness month, please share this message with all that you know, and hopefully we will be able to save some babies lives in the process.
Make an informed choice and be #StrepBaware
Photograph courtesy of Zoe C Photography