Bacteria test could save the lives of babies

A QUEENSLAND  woman is calling on the State Government to start testing every pregnant woman for the deadly, but common bacteria that almost claimed the life of her baby.

Lauren McGregor has started a petition which has 4000 signatures calling for the introduction of mandatory testing for group B streptococcus bacteria.

Queensland is the only state that doesn't offer women the test, despite the fact it is carried by one in four.

Instead, only women who are considered at risk, or show symptoms of an infection from the bacteria, are treated with antibiotics during labour.

This month the state is due to review its guidelines and Ms McGregor wants the policy changed.

"It was the most horrible thing I had ever seen. I felt completely helpless," she said.

Six weeks after 28-year-old Lauren gave birth she woke up to her new born baby girl having a seizure. She called the ambulance straight away and within an hour her baby girl Kori was on life support.

It took medical staff a few days to figure what was wrong and for the next week the woman, who has family living in Gladstone, thought her child would die.

 

She watched in horror as baby Kori struggled to survive.

"It's a simple screening process; if it saves one baby's life, it's worth it," she said.



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