Jayne, mum to Rose, says:
“We lost our beautiful baby girl Rose at 20 days old due to late-onset Strep B infection.
As a family, group B Strep is not new to us. My son, now 10, also had late-onset group B Strep infection and, although very ill, fortunately, made a full recovery.
My middle daughter, now aged eight, had early-onset group B Strep infection and also made a full recovery.
Unfortunately, my third child was not so lucky. Having previously had two children with group B Strep infection, I had antibiotics in labour, and my daughter Rose had antibiotics at birth. We had the all-clear and left hospital believing she was fully protected.
We later found out these antibiotics don’t protect against late-onset group B Strep infection.
I knew all the signs and believed I acted very quickly in taking her to the hospital. Unfortunately, it spread quickly, and she passed away a few days later.
Our world changed forever, and we continue to miss her daily.
I felt like I was quite educated about group B Strep, but I certainly could have known more. The hospital never provided me with any information during my pregnancies.
I had another daughter two years later. I pushed for extra care and was given an amazing consultant at the hospital. He monitored my pregnancy and my baby once she was born. She was given antibiotics after birth too.
I always tested negative for group B Strep carriage.”