Petition Fund routine testing for Group B Streptococcus during late pregnancy

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria which is common in pregnancy, the bacteria can spread to the baby and make them seriously ill. GBS is currently not routinely tested for, however can have severe outcomes such as meningitis and sepsis, and in some circumstances can be fatal.

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We unfortunately have been affected by GBS, our newborn fell seriously ill from the bacteria, causing sepsis and meningitis, resulting in severe brain damage, hydrocephalus, visual impairment and lifelong heart complications. We are absolutely heartbroken to know this could have been avoided if routine testing was in place.

In putting this petition forward we hope that we can avoid other families going through the same trauma and save other babies lives.

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