A mother revealed her heartache after her baby died in the womb of the common group B strep-bug days before she was born.
Zoe Ely, 22, discovered that she had group B strep (GBS) while 31 weeks were pregnant, but claims that she was told that nothing was wrong.
When she was delivered after 36 weeks, Mrs. Ely and her partner, Douglas McBain, had been destroyed to find out that their daughter, Olive, had died in the womb.
The couple tortured their brains for nine weeks about what went wrong before the post-mortem came back, revealing that Olive had died of GBS complications.
Approximately one in five pregnant women carries GBS, and there is a small risk that it can be passed on to the baby during delivery or in the womb.
The odds are so rare – especially in the womb – the NHS does not offer routine GBS screening.
A prominent charity said the story & # 39; a rare and tragic case & # 39; used to be.
Zoe Ely, 22 and Douglas McBain, revealed their heartache after their baby died in the womb of the common group B streptocle days before she was born
When Mrs. 36 started giving birth 36 weeks after the birth, she received the astonishing news that her baby had died in the womb. It was not clear why until nine weeks later
The couple looked forward to their first child, Olive. Pictured, a scan
Mrs. Ely and Mr. McBain, first parents from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, eagerly awaited Olive's arrival in June this year.
Speaking of the moment she found out Olive had died before she gave birth, Mrs. Ely said: “I fell to the ground in complete and extreme distress, I have never been so deep in my life.
& # 39; I was in tears of tears and just screamed from my lungs. I begged someone to do something to try to save my baby.
& # 39; After learning, I had told GBS doctors time and again that nothing was wrong.
& # 39; They assured me that the baby wouldn't be bothered by the womb, so when I found out she had I was angry. & # 39;
GBS is a type of bacteria that is common in adults – up to 40 percent – that is usually harmless.
Currently, controversial guidelines say that only pregnant women with risk factors for GBS are offered tests on the NHS.
This also applies if the women's waters break or you give birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Mrs. Ely had stomach contractions after 31 weeks, causing the doctors to worry that she gave birth early and resulted in a test for GBS.
If a pregnant woman appears to have GBS, she must be told that she must be told that her intravenous antibiotics will be offered when she is about to give birth.
Mrs. Ely found out that she had Group B strep (GBS) late in her pregnancy, but was told she didn't have to worry, so she forgot everything. Pictured with her partner during pregnancy
CAN PREGNANT WOMAN GET A TEST FOR GBS?
The UK is one of the minorities in high-income countries that offer non-standard pregnant women the opportunity to be tested for Group B strip transport.
GBS found during pregnancy is one of the "risk factors" that, according to the RCOG and NICE, should activate the supply of intravenous antibiotics during labor.
The RCOG recommends a situation where tests can be offered – where the mother tested positive in a previous pregnancy and the baby was healthy – but no other.
The guidelines also state that the mother's request is no reason to test for GBS transport, which has received controversy.
If a woman is offered a test during pregnancy, this usually happens with a vaginal smear. If GBS is present, treatment (antibiotics) will still be carried out until delivery. This is because the antibiotics during pregnancy do not reduce the chance that GBS will be passed on to your baby and GBS may return after the course of antibiotics has ended.
The & # 39; gold standard & # 39; ECM test is becoming increasingly available within the NHS and can be purchased privately.
Approximately one in 2000 babies develops a GBS infection after having contracted it during delivery. It is the most common cause of serious infections in newborn babies.
The figures for stillbirths, miscarriage and premature labor caused by GBS contracted in the womb are not so clear.
The couple was in the dark about why Olive had died before the post-mortem results returned nine weeks after birth.
It revealed that Olive had died of meningitis and pneumonia about two days before Mrs. Ely gave birth, which came about as a result of GBS contracted by Mrs. Ely.
Mrs. Ely said: & # 39; We had no idea how Olive died, which was very difficult to live with for so long. & # 39;
The couple say that doctors reassured them that they had never seen a baby get the infection in the womb because it is so rare.
Mrs. Ely said: & # 39; The doctors had never seen what had happened to Olive. & # 39;
& # 39; In the beginning, we were both really angry about her cause of death. & # 39;
& # 39; I blamed the doctors, but now I know they just made decisions based on their experience.
& # 39; Hospitals and doctors think that a baby will not die from GBS in the womb, but Olive is proof that they do. People need to know that. & # 39;
Initially, Ms. Ely blamed doctors for the loss of her baby. She believed an emergency C-section could have saved Olive, but this is not a routine concern. On the photo the prepared children's room
Approximately one in five pregnant women carries GBS, and there is a small risk that it can be passed on to the baby during delivery or in the womb. On the photo, Mrs. Ely & # 39; s pregnant stomach
Mrs. Ely believes that Olive would have survived if the potential threat from GBS had been taken more seriously when it was identified and delivered by an emergency c-section.
She said: & # 39; If Olive had come out a day earlier, she would still have been poor, but she would have been treated on time and survived.
& # 39; We would have her with us now, but none of the doctors knew it had to be done, therefore there must be more awareness. & # 39;
Unfortunately, a prominent charity, although a C-section could theoretically have saved Olive, said death & # 39; inevitably & # 39; used to be.
Jane Plumb MBE, chief executive of Group B Strep Support, told MailOnline: & Zoe and Douglas are very unlucky.
& # 39; Although a baby who dies without warning in GBS is very rare, most of these infections can be prevented in newborn babies.
& # 39; This is a rare and tragic case that could not have been avoided because there were no warning signs that the baby was unwell and there were no other indications for caesarean section.
The couple racked their brains for nine weeks about what went wrong before the post-mortem came back, showing that their daughter had died of GBS complications
Mrs. Ely said: "They assured me that the baby would not be hit in the womb, so when I found out she had I was angry." Pictured, Olive & # 39; s room
Caesarean sections are not recommended as a means to prevent Group B Strep infection in a baby, both because they entail their own risk for the mother and her baby, and because the intravenous antibiotics during birth both very effective and safe. & # 39;
Mrs. Ely, who hopes to have another child in the future, said: & I want our story to serve as a warning to other people of the dangers of GBS. & # 39;
Since losing Olive, Mrs. Ely has been supported by a number of charities that have helped her deal with the fear.
She is currently raising money for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, Aching Arms and GBSS Baby Loss Charity.
The couple shaved their heads this week to help with the fundraising action, following the loss of Ovie has led Ms Ely to develop alopecia, a condition often caused by stress or trauma.
Contact us for more information and support about GBS Group B Strep support.
WHAT IS A GROUP OF STRIP B INFECTION?
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that is carried by up to 40 percent of adults, usually in the gut, and 25 percent of women in their vagina, without typically causing symptoms.
One in 2000 babies & # 39; s is diagnosed with the infection, according to figures from the NHS. It kills in about 10 percent of the cases.
The percentage of GBS infections in newborn babies & # 39; s in the UK is 2.5x that of the US.
GBS infections usually affect newborns, sometimes adults and very rarely babies during pregnancy and before delivery.
Infants can suffer from early onset GBS infections, which occur much more frequently and occur when the baby is up to six days old, when they come into contact with the bacteria in the womb or during birth.
This causes them to develop rapid breathing problems and blood poisoning.
Late onset GBS infections, which occur between seven days and up to three months, usually cause sepsis and meningitis.
The symptoms of babies & # 39; s include:
- Bluish-colored skin
- Epileptic attacks
- Weakness or stiffness
- Poor nutrition
Adults can experience infections from:
- Skin and soft tissues
- Bones and joints
- Urinary tract
GBS infections are linked to stillbirths, premature births and maternal infections.
The treatment for patients of any age is IV antibiotics.
Source: Group B Strep support
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) health