Jo, mum to Seth, says,
“I had a very straightforward pregnancy but ended up being induced at 40 + 16 because it was offered, and I was fed up. The induction took a couple of days to kick in. Everything was very slow and painful. My waters were broken, the drip was turned up and up, and I wasn’t progressing. I ended up having an epidural, and a few hours later I began throwing up, which didn’t seem to raise any concerns.
It was only when I said I had a headache [I also had a fever] that the midwife took any notice of me, and suddenly there was panic in the room. I had a cat 1 emergency caesarean, and my son needed resuscitation when he was born. He was born limp and grey, was taken to intensive care and given IV antibiotics and I didn’t get to see him for the first four hours of his life.
No one mentioned Strep B at the time. I was just told he had an infection. One doctor said my swabs had been lost, another said nothing was wrong, and one said it was confirmed group B Strep.
Looking back at my notes they thought he had sepsis, but that was never mentioned to me. We recovered in hospital for a week, and my son made a quick and full recovery from his group B strep infection.”