Jasper’s mum Frankie writes,
“Hello, my beautiful boy was born at 34 plus 3. My waters broke at 33 weeks, I’d already pushed for a group B Strep test due to awareness through Tasha Atkinson and on the TV. My midwife had agreed to the ECM test and I’d decided to go private if she did not.
Anyway, I was scheduled to be induced at 37 weeks, however, my test came back positive. I was told on 30th July to get to the hospital to be induced*1 early. Jasper was born at 5lbs 10 on 31st July. I am one of the lucky ones. He was treated for group B Strep but didn’t contract GBS infection. He’s now almost 8 weeks, a happy and healthy boy.
Your awareness saves lives, thank you. Jasper’s mummy: Frankie xxx”
1: Our medical advisers do not recommend induction for anyone as a way of combating GBS infection in babies. Carrying GBS, or your baby being at raised risk of GBS infection is not a reason to be induced. If you are known to carry GBS and your waters break before labour starts, you should be offered immediate induction plus intravenous antibiotics because of the increased risk of early-onset GBS infection developing in babies after prolonged rupture of membranes. For more information.