Willow’s mum Ashleigh writes,
“Willow was born on the 28th March 2018. I had a fairly easy pregnancy with no issues other than when I found out she was going to be a big baby. Truthfully, I’d only ever heard of Strep B once during my pregnancy and when I researched it, it was one of those things where you think it will never happen to me or my baby.
I had a scary awful labour. I was administered antibiotics during it, due to a rash occurring all over my face and sickness. Looking back now I’m not sure if that was possible side-effects.
I wasn’t aware there was anything wrong with Willow as I thought the events that followed were due to her getting stuck during birth. Willow was taken for hours after birth and I didn’t get a proper look at her until she was brought back.
The doctors came to our room where we were staying and told us they’d found Strep B in Willow’s ear, we were told she would be monitored and put onto a drip. She was also tested for meningitis. We were in hospital for two weeks following her birth and it felt like Willow was being taken for different tests every hour of the day.
Two and a half years on, Willow has had no complications from Strep B due to the fast actions of the hospital.
Please push for testing or buy it yourselves, it could save your baby’s life!”