The mother of a child who developed meningitis and sepsis because of a bacterial infection called Group B Strep is calling for all pregnant women to be tested for it. Currently, for women showing no symptoms, the test is only available privately – and some are still not being told about the potential threat the bug poses to their baby.
Bethany Rashley had a straightforward pregnancy until 33 weeks, when she experienced possible labour pains and noticed her baby was moving less than it had before. She went into Kettering General Hospital, was kept in for a few days, and then sent home.
There was no improvement in the baby’s movements, however, and at 39 weeks Bethany went back to the hospital with her partner, Andy Halcrow,