Mum Michelle writes, “I was late on in my pregnancy and my community midwife was concerned my waters could be trickling so she sent me to triage. At triage they coincidentally took a swab at the same time as they tested for waters. It came back GBS positive. Following this, I found myself so anxious spending time on Google looking at the ‘what ifs?’
I managed to have four lots of antibiotics in labour even though I didn’t particularly want to, as I had read about *antibiotics in pregnancy and increase in allergies for baby etc. However, it was a no brainer for the safety of my child.
I ended up having a Caesarean birth and he came out happy and healthy, however, looking back, it made me realise that I actually had it with my first and we both got an ‘infection’ in labour and were treated for sepsis!”
*Research has clearly shown that intravenous antibiotics (ideally penicillin), given in labour to women whose babies are at higher risk of developing GBS infection, is highly effective at reducing the risk of GBS infection in newborn babies without any known long-term side-effects on the baby.