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The Reason For the Jesse Cause

Chris and Shelene Keith's son Jesse was born with GBS, which caused meningitis, sepsis, hydrocephalus and three brain surgeries in his first four years. All of this could have been prevented had Shelene been tested for GBS and given common antibiotics during labor.

Patricia Norquist's article, featured in the Ventura County Reporter December 2, 1999.

GBS Stories

Click here for a map of GBS families around the world. Please add your story to the map! If you would like to share your GBS story with the Jesse Cause, please use our story-sharing page.

You are also welcome to share your GBS story on Group B Strep International’s story-sharing page (Please note that you can copy and paste the main body of your story from one story form to another before they are submitted.).

Premature Rupture of Membranes


Franklin Andrew Rumsey's Story   — Trish Rumsey

Trish's doctors believe that GBS caused her membranes to rupture in her 27th week of pregnancy. Franklin lived only seven short hours due to being exposed to a secondary infection...


Kami's Story   — Kami's Mother

Our gift from God. Today, she is the most beautiful, loving, intelligent five year old. And most of all she is a miracle for us. I look back at those days and know that I would have never made it had I not turned my fears over to the Lord...


Zachary's Story   — Kim

His lungs failed, then his heart and then his kidneys. It was three days before the doctors told us they thought he would survive...


Beth's Twin Girls   — beth orourke, NY, USA

On Dec 19, 1997, I gave birth to twin girls at 27 weeks of pregnancy. The doctors said that since my membranes had a leak and it looked as if I had Strep B that I would have to deliver.


Devin's story   — cheri allen, NC, USA

My membranes had ruptured, but I was not in labor. The hospital waited until the next morning to call my OBGYN, and then started my labor...


Gunnar's Story   — melanie jackson, KY, USA

...I knew something was wrong. I told the nurse that the baby would not stop grunting. She told me that "babies make noises" and I would have to get used to that.


Devin's Story   — cheri allen, NC, USA

My 'water' broke, but I wasn't in labor. More than 24 hours later, labor was induced. Devin developed Strep B meningitis...


Maxine's Baby's Story   — maxine wood, barnsley/south yorkshire, united kingdom

Not long after having the drip set up my baby was so distressed that they rushed me to theatre to have an emergency c-section.


Beatriz' Baby's Story   — Beatriz Martinez, CO, USA

I started noticing an unusual discharge on week 16th and went to the doctor. They did a sonogram, blood test, etc. and EVERYTHING was negative. They sent me home. Again, the discharge kept getting worse and again I went to the doctor and the SAME THING. Less than 48 hours after seeing the doctor for the last time, I was having a miscarriage.


Ntombenhle's Daughter's Story   — Ntombenhle Msomi, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

Had to go to the ward without my daughter, but thought it was procedure. When I demanded to know about my daughter, nobody had the right answer for me...until the next day.


Hayley's Story   — Brandyn Beuchert, NC, USA

It turned out she had GBS in her blood. I had tested negative for it 2 weeks earlier...


Laura' Son's Story   — laura checketts, great britain, Wales

...but he was born too early...


Helen's Two Sets of Twins   — helen sleep, united kingdom, uk

I hope my story can also bring hope for other people as I thought there was nothing that could help. xxxx


Christina Son's Story   — Christina Krablin, FL, USA

I was on complete bed rest in the hospital when I went into labor at 32 weeks, but they said I was showing flu symptoms and the baby was in distress...


Julie's Son's Story   — Julie Worsham, OH, USA

My water broke at 36 weeks. I went in to see my OB, but they sent me home...


Sarah Grace's Story   — Sherry Collins, MS, USA

After 15 hours of labor, the doctors told me I was running a fever. After a difficult three hours of pushing, my daughter was born. She had a high fever and was rushed away to the nursery...


Alisha's Baby's Story   — Alisha Rountree, MD, USA

I went to the OB doctor at 16 weeks with bleeding, fever and cramping...


Dustin's Story   — Roxanne Norris-Hicks, SC, USA

My membranes ruptured on March 25th, but it was not a gush, just leaking...


Anita's Daughter's Story   — Anita Porter, WA, USA

She was very ill and I was given no hope for her survival...Today she is a beautiful 27 year old woman getting married in June...


Cameron's Story   — Vicktorea Day, TX, USA

His breathing became so labored that it looked like his chest was about to cave in...If they had done GBS testing at the onset of my water breaking we could have avoided so much of this experience.


Roslynne's Son's Story   — roslynne rogers, bristol, uk

After 16 years I have just been told that strep B was the cause. Worldwide awareness is what is needed...


Chance's Story   — Alecia Cramer, MO, USA

...but he kept making a funny noise. I told the nurses something was wrong. So did my mother. They told me it was normal...

Preterm Labor


Bennet Neil's Story   — Jennifer V.

I was only 34.6 weeks along, but I had been having preterm labor for 5 weeks. At 7:30 PM Bennett Neil was born. The nurse handed me my beautiful baby boy, but after about 30 seconds, he was taken from me and given oxygen...


Little Billy's Story   — Michelle

My mommy had an infection that they call Group B Strep which caused her to go into premature labor...


Shannon Leighanna's Story   — Staci Leighanna, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Basically, my baby was coming that day at 26 weeks...


Lisa's son   — Lisa Postel, IA, USA

That is when I was told that overnight they got the blood work back and in 8 short hours he had to undergo a spinal tap to be certain that the infection hadn't spread into his brain. I guess ignorance is bliss as I still didn't know what Group B strep was or how dangerous it could be...


Jessica's baby   — JESSICA DAVIS, AZ, USA

I tested positive for GBS this time also, except this time they tested twice and the second test was negative, so I was not treated with antibiotics.


Carissa's Story   — Bobby

Since her GBS test was positive, she had been on oral antibiotics for a week and her 1 lb, 12 oz. daughter...


Benjamin's Story   — Sharon Chapman, FL, USA

After two years of trying to conceive, we were blessed with our sweet Benjamin. Unfortunately, GBS claimed him at just 22 weeks gestation..


Rachael's Baby's Story   — rachael cartwright, uk, united kingdom

I had her at 25 weeks. She lived 31days. Before this I had suffered from water infections and high fever and vaginal bleeding...


Carlrryos's Son's Story   — Carlrryos Echeverry, NJ, USA

Today I found out my only son who was 28 weeks premature has the infection...


Nia's Story   — Khatuna Gabitashvili, Tbilisi, Georgia

Meanwhile they checked my GBS status by vaginal-rectal swab (test result required nearly 48hrs) and at that moment I tested positive, though no IV antibiotics were offered instead of IM antibiotics,,,

Stillbirth


Amira's Story   — Amira's Mommy (the Cohrt Family)

She died of a Group B Strep infection about half an hour before she was born...


Caitlyn's Story   — Brian and Catherine MacIntosh

I heard the words, "Sweetie, your baby died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital"...


Hannah Noelle's Story   — Hannah's Mother

I was 41 weeks pregnant when the doctor decided to do an internal exam and then proceeded to strip my membranes without my permission...


Kirsten's Story   — Selita

Autopsy results concluded that Kirsten died of a Group B Strep infection 2-3 days prior to my giving birth...


Rose's Story   — Marti

My heart aches every day for the daughter that I have lost while my OB's still tell me that they don't know how GBS could have crossed my placenta even though medical literature clearly states that it can...


Mercedez' Story   — Delayne Kirikiri, non us, New zealand

I showed signs of strep b with a high temperature, but that didn't concern the midwife....


Kim's baby   — Kim Milliner, ON, Canada

...we were finally given the diagnosis that I had an infection called chorioamnionitis. This week while talking to my MD, he told me that this infection is almost always caused by Group B strep.


Aaliyah Dolores Ramirez's story   — Shelyn Williams, NV, USA

I will never forget the day I gave birth to my daughter--August 18, 2006. The day before I started to have chills.


C.J.'s story   — Tracey Meskers, WI, USA

My son C.J. was stillborn on his due date, November 4, 2006. I believe it was due to a false negative GBS test (the doctor wasn't sure how to do it and kept referring to the nurse).


Joanna's Twin Girls   — Joanna Green, AL, USA

The post mortem revealed that twin one, Georgia, died of pneumonia caused by GBS and twin two died as a result of twin one dying and restricting the placenta.


Gayla's Daughter's Story   — Gayla James, FL, USA

My baby was moving more than normal, but I wasn't worried because that's what babies do, and besides my doctor's appointment was the next day.


Jessica's Daughter's Story   — Jessica Maxfield, NY, USA

I complained of kidney area pain for about a month to my Dr. He said it was sciatica. I finally insisted on a test for a bladder infection. It was ragingly positive...


Ethan's Story   — Andrew Bullemor, London, England, United Kingdom

My wife said that she felt the baby was distressed, but was assured by the doctor that all was okay and that we should go home...


Jalen's Story   — Gabriela Foster, NV, USA

A month before, I had rushed to the ER complaining of clear fluid for days. The nurse ran a swab test and told me I was fine. She said that I had an infection. No doctor saw me or test was ever done...


Tamyrn's Daughter's Story   — Tamryn Fowkes, gauteng, South Africa

I was induced at 38 weeks and 2 days, and it failed. The next day I gave birth to a stillborn...

Early-Onset


Abby's First Month   — Abby's Mommy

Abby was born at 6:13 pm and for the first couple of hours, all seemed well. After 1/2 hour or so it became apparent to the nurses in the nursery that Abby was in some respiratory distress...


Chloe's story   — Patricia

An hour later she stopped that funny noise, good....but I felt something was wrong...


Emmie's story   — Pam , Philadelphia, PA, USA

Emmie was placed on a respirator at 11 minutes of age. The doctors and nurses tried their best to explain to us all that was going on with Emmie. The pneumonia, the sepsis, the low blood pressure and of course the respiratory failure...


Garrin's story   — Marla , OK, USA

My son was born with Strep B and almost died— they only gave him a 10% chance to live. My Doctor never tested me or even gave me an option to do so...


Jason's baby   — Jason Edwards, OK, USA

My wife asked 3 different times to be hooked up to the IV and receive the medication for the strep B. The doctor came in and broke my wife's water at 10:30 pm, and we were still not hooked up with the IV.


Georgia Leigh's story   — Shannon Wilson

GBS-meningitis, pneumonia and liver problems. The infection destroyed all of her brain with the exception of her brain stem, which only keeps her alive...


Grace Leanne's story   — Nancy

In our lives for such a short time, but you will be with us forever.....We love you and miss you!!!


Noah\'s story   — Melissa Barrett

Noah was born that afternoon, he was perfect! But never did we imagine that we would not bring him home...


Katy's story   — Marlo Matz

About 2 1/2 weeks before Katy was due, I started feeling crummy...


Khanyi's story   — Khanyi's Mom

Over the next few hours and into the night I noticed baby was breathing strangely and could not suck at all...


Allison's story -- born with GBS!   — Allison Collins, KS, USA

I was born in with Beta Strep but I just now found out how serious of a problem it is....


Austin's story   — rashe wright, KY, USA

...the doctors found out that our child was infected with GBS bacterial meningitis. My GBS test at 36 weeks was not properly done as the right areas were not swabbed!


Larry's story   — NORA VIDAL, VA, USA

I gave birth to a cute little 5lb, 3oz baby boy named Larry, and everything was going ok. When I noticed that his breathing was not right, I told the nurse and she told me that he was a newborn and that it was normal for babies to breathe like that


Early-onset story   — anonymous

I had a doctor tell me that my son had a 30 percent chance of survival--not good at all...


Kobe's Story   — deedee mendoza, TX, USA

He was beautiful and seemed to be healthy, but then the next day, when we were released, he started having seizures.


Riley Shane' Story   — Diana Chenoweth, MI, USA

Nicole also had a fairly normal delivery, was tested for GBS, and, as many others, was told in no uncertain terms, "nothing to worry about, no big deal."


Mandi's Son   — MANDI TOLMAN, UT, USA

I was told that I was negative for Group B. A week later I woke up and felt that I was leaking fluid.


Liam Terrance's story   — Erik van Woudenberg, Utrecht, Netherlands

On November 9, 2004, Liam Terrance was born. He was the most beautiful baby boy in the world. He was grunting a little, but the doctor told us he might have a bit of a headache caused by the delivery.


Liz's Baby   — Liz Anonymous, CA, USA

My son was born about five hours later and was very ill with pneumonia from the GBS...At about 2 years old we began to notice he had visions problems.


Clair's story   — Shawn & Rachael Hunsaker

Our unexpected nightmare started the minute our beautiful Clair was born... I knew that I was GBS positive, but was reassured that it was no big deal....


Hayden's story   — anonymous

I have never been so terrified in my life. When they told me what he had and the fatality rate, I couldn't believe I didn't know more about this...


Paul Philip's story   — Glenn and Rachel Sprague, AZ, USA

“Group B Strep is a vicious organism.” Those words will forever echo in my head. I was sitting at the bedside of my newborn baby boy, Paul Philip, as he struggled for life.


Gill's baby   — Gill Hurt, North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

My daughter was born on the 11th of November 1999 and was rushed straightaway to the newborn intensive care unit at our local hospital.


Matthew's Story   — Cindy Raymond, ME, USA

...I would be given antibiotics before delivering my son in 1994. I felt reassured that the baby would be fine. HOWEVER, during my delivery, my i.v. infiltrated...


Valerie's Baby   — Valerie House, TX, USA

We believe that he was exposed to GBS because my water was broken so early and he was exposed to my birth canal while we waited for him to drop.


Joshua's Story   — Karen & Craig McTaggart, BC, Canada

We would have never guessed as he looked so perfect...


Lauren Marie's Story   — Megan Mills, MD, USA

I had two Urinary Tract Infections while I was pregnant with Lauren. My OB/GYN told me there was nothing to worry about that they will just treat me as positive for Group B Strep.


David Austin's story   — SHELLEY CURRENCE, WV, USA

I told the doctors about all the signs he had and they all ignored me like I didn't know what I was talking about...


Isaiah's story   — Maribel Torres, IL, USA

At my 36 week check up the results were in....negative!


Tristan's Story   — karen barnette, VA, USA

...on the 6th day I noticed he didn't awake for his feeding and he was making a grunting noise.


Brodie Thomas' Story   — michelle plazina, vic, australia

On the 23rd of May the doc at the hospital gave us the all clear even though Brodie didn't pass the hearing test. The nurse that was to come to the house on Wednesday the 24th would do it. That never ever happened.


Talen's Story   — Valerie Davis, MD, USA

Apparently I was supposed to have received the antibiotics 4 hours before delivery...


Cameron Andrew Jewell's Story   — Casey Jewell, KS, USA

I got to the hospital and they asked if I had my GBS culture results because they couldn't find it in my file. I was very unsure and told them to call my doctor. It was 3 o'clock in the morning so the information at the doctor's office was unavailable. I was negative with my first pregnancy so I was not treated with antibiotics even though they couldn't confirm my results...


Kyla's Story   — Heather Finlay, Victoria, BC, Canada

I was 8cm dilated and just barely made it to the hospital. Needless to say I did not receive any antibiotics. When we asked her about the Strep B, she told us not to worry about it.


Josh's Story   — Debra Ryan, OR, USA

He was born almost 10 lbs, and it was hard to believe by looking at him that there was anything wrong...


Brenda's Son's Story   — brenda gabrielli, NJ, USA

My son is now 25 years old and he was born with GBS meningitis....he went undiagnosed for more than 12 hours...


David's story   — Amy Gault, IN, USA

My baby died 30 hours after his birth due to overwhelming sepsis caused by GBS...


Korinne's Baby   — Korinne Vander, MI, USA

My parents were told my chances were and I quote, .... " We are seven down in the first." To most baseball fans that means I had no chance for survival.


Jayden Anthony's Story   — Kate Collins, MA, USA

The next morning three hours passed and he didn't nurse. That was unusual for him. Then four, then five hours passed... I knew something was wrong. I could feel it.


Hayden's Story   — Crystal Polivick, KY, USA

My son Hayden was born at 36 weeks taken early for my health reasons. Immediately after birth he had trouble breathing...


Hunter's Story   — Crissy Rudnik, MN, USA

My water had broken 2 weeks before I went into labor, but it was a small tear and it didn't show up on the nitro strips so they didn't believe me that I was leaking...


Teresa's Baby's Story   — Teresa Valdez, TX, USA

I had the test and mine came back negative, but then I had a baby who was positive.


Emily's story   — Michelle Marshall, Yorkshire, England

She never let out a real cry, but made grunty noises...


Cooper's Story   — Ryanne Spaulding, VT, USA

When I was pregnant with my first son, Cooper, I tested negative for GBS. Unfortunately for our family it was a false negative...


Joseph's Story   — becky halter, OH, USA

SHE HAD TWO GBS TESTS AND BOTH WERE NEGATIVE...


Aidan's Story   — Allana Roberts, American, Overseas, Germany

New moms, there's a difference between being tired and being lethargic because of GBS. Aidan was like a ragdoll when he was sick.


Bradley's Story   — tanya priest, new south wales, australia

My son did not breath for 10 minutes when he was born.


Dustee's Story   — Dustee Recker, OK, USA

...they told me her temp was down so they were going to keep her in the nursery. At 5 am they woke me to tell me they were transporting her to Baptist Medical Center..


Krystal's Son's Story   — krystal o'daniel, CA, USA

They then told my husband that our son had GBS. I started asking nurses and researching only to find out the test was not done properly!


Roman's Story   — Roman Bosquez, TX, USA

...he awoke crying softly. I attempted to feed him, but he would not eat so I rocked him back to sleep. An hour later he awoke again. I was sure that he was hungry then, but again he would not eat....he just grunted and cried a little...


Zack' Story   — Beverly Batts, TN, USA

He was swooped out of the room before I could hold him because he was grey & grunting. A few hours later the doctor came in & told us Zack had Beta Strep and it didn't look like he would survive.


Achinoam Chaya's Story   — Helaine Ring, Merkaz Shapira, Israel

Our granddaughter, Achinoam Chaya, was born at 18:30 on Saturday evening, a seemingly healthy beautiful baby girl. A mere 12 hours later she was in the NICU, on a respirator and in critical condition...


Noelle's Story   — Alexa Chavious, MA, USA

She came out, did not cry but was grunting..


Chante's Baby's Story   — chante scott, GA, USA

...my test result for GBS was negative and my baby come out sick enough to pass away 2 days later...


Karlie's Story   — Kathie Apland, CA, USA

Two hours after she was born I called the nurse and told her my other two children did not cry and breathe like this...


Jennifer's Daughter's Story   — collin` hamm, TN, USA

We had gotten home and she began crying nonstop and drawing her legs up to her chest. She also felt like she was 300 degrees so I rushed her to the hospital...


Kensie and Mom Orr's Story   — Kensie and Mom Orr, LA, USA

Kensie was born full term and healthy. When she was 6 days old both Kensie and Erika (her mom) were rushed to 2 separate hospitals. Erika was GBS septic and Kensie had GBS meningitis...


Noah's Story   — Maria Alvarado, CA, USA

At 7 p.m. he started to make scary grunting noises and had difficulty breathing....


Jaxton's Story   — Jaxton Worthy, UT, USA

Everyone was unaware that my wife had it because she had tested negative for it a few weeks prior...


Early-onset Story   — Anonymous Mother, CA, USA

On December 4th I was leaving work and felt a gush of fluid. I went to the ER and they said it wasn't my bag of waters. So the following Saturday I felt the same gush and then it broke completely...


Courtney's Daughter's Story   — Courtney Haddock, AR, USA

Later that night around 7pm she began grunting and having trouble breathing...


Sharon's Story   — Holly Ventura, NY, USA

My baby got infected with GBS, and died after three and a half weeks of life. This happened in 1983 and YES, it haunts me daily...


Jennifer's Daughter's Story   — Jennifer Elliott, Northumberland, Uk

I was in labour for 36 hours then had a c-section...


Benji's Story   — Benji Taylor, IL, USA

I contracted strep B when passing through the birth canal. I spent four weeks in the NICU on the verge of death. My mother was told by nurses and doctors that, while I would live a healthy life, mentally I would never be on par with my peers. I have since gone on to be valedictorian of my high school class, graduate summa cum laude from an Ivy League university, and am currently pursuing a degree as a medical doctor in oncology. There's hope!


Virginia's Daughter's Story   — Virginia Kangas, WA, USA

About 10 days before my due date I asked my doctor to strip my membranes…


Isaiah's Story   — margie maldonado, FL, USA

Two weeks later my son was crying with a high pitch, was very uncomfortable, and kept crying for about 2 hours straight...


Sarah's Baby's Story   — Sarah Wood, Victoria, Australia

My story results with both my newborn and myself getting strep B septicemia…

Late-Onset


Brian Joseph's story   — Maria and Ray

Brian Joseph fell victim to late onset GBS on August 29, 1998, 25 days after his birth. He suffered a seizure right in front of my husband and me....


Cheyenne   — Kim

On Thursday, Dr. C explained to my large loving family and friends about my fatal illness. He explained Moma and Daddy's decision to take me off this terrible respirator, and get these needles out of my body...


Ivy Hope's Story   — Hope's Mother

When she woke she wouldn't eat, and started grunting...


Taya Alexis Boyd's Story   — Kimberly Boyd

My test results came back positive and my doctor said it was no big deal...


Charlie's story   — Jana Anthoine, GA, USA

Our son Charlie was born on May 21, 2003 and was healthy even though he was 4 weeks early. On Tuesday, June 10, he became very fussy and inconsolably crying....


Carlos' story   — Arnesia Edwards, TN, USA

I was told that I had Group B strep, but I had nothing to worry about because I was having a C-section...


Nicholas' Story   — Patrick Gray, OH, USA

On May 1st he started having problems with his heart rate...


Syliva's Story   — Susan Mercy, MI, USA

My mom noticed she wasn't nursing well and was fussy so she got her in to the pediatrician.


Mackenzie's Story   — Denise Marrone, NY, USA

On Saturday, October 28th, I felt that Mackenzie was not acting right. She was in a state of semi-consciousness all day, and she seemed fussy. She was not really crying, more like moaning. She would not eat, and this really concerned me...


Zoey and Aiden's story   — anonymous

I was 31 weeks along with identical twin girls and awoke one morning to my membranes rupturing...


JJ's story   — anonymous

My son Javier a.k.a. "JJ" had symptoms, but I wasn't really sure what he had. However, I knew deep in my heart that something was wrong with him...


Kaelin's story   — Rhonda Patton, TN, USA

Kaelin came home on August 3 and by August 16 she was fighting for her life....


Laura's Baby   — LAURA TRIBBLE, AR, USA

My child had Strep B at 5 weeks in 1993.


Sarah's Twin Daughter   — Sarah Pierce, CA, USA

The next day they tell us she has meningitis. Though they don't know what caused it, they do know its bacterial; and an infectious disease doctor says she has never seen so much bacteria in any spinal tap.


Gabrielle's Story   — Sonny Erenstein, MN, USA

When I asked the home nurse and the dr at the first week check up I was told that she is a newborn, "they sleep". I had a gut feeling that something wasn't right.


Hannah's story   — JONI FLOYD, WV, USA

At a little over 3 weeks we thought she had colic as she wouldn't eat much, didn't sleep much, and cried a lot. When she was 4 weeks old, her daddy was holding her and her eyes crossed almost inside her head...


Najae's Story   — anonymous

I noticed she wasn't eating and kept sleeping alot and when I would go to pick her up to make sure she was ok she would let out a horrific scream...


Erin's Story   — Tracy Stevens, PA, USA

Crying was something Erin did not do alot so to us it was odd. She cried for about 1/2 hour; then went back to sleep. She then awoke again but was making kind of a groaning sound...


GBS Meningitis at 7 Months   — anonymous

When my daughter developed GBS bacterial meningitis at the age of 7 months, they told me she probably wouldn't make it...


Sawyer's Story   — Christopher and Dorothy Miano, KY, USA

We lost Xavier Sawyer Miano (Sawyer), "Mommy's Pigletpoo" and "Daddy's Pardner", to late-onset group B streptococcal meningitis, general sepsis, and hydrocephaly on October 11, 2005. Our son was the answer to years of prayer...


Hudson's Story   — Jennifer Flowers, GA, USA

Hudson passed away at 6 weeks old due to late onset GBS...It all just happened so fast.


Emily's Story   — Jennifer Brown, CA, USA

I lost my five month old daughter Emily on September 3, 2005 to the ravaging effects of Group B Strep. The pain of losing a child seems unbearable at times...


Bentley's story   — Crystal Kent, CO, USA

My daughter Bentley was diagnosed with Group B Strep Meningitis at 10 ˝ weeks even though I tested negative during my pregnancy and had a C-section...


Allison's Son's Story   — Allison Gentz, CA, USA

My son was born a healthy 9 lbs. baby, one week late. At 18 days old he became very sick...


Campbell's Story   — Hayley Voll, Western Australia, Perth Western Australia

...after receiving the autopsy results we were informed that he had died from an overwhelming GBS infection. Obviously we were stunned as I was tested prior to delivery and was negative.


Mia-Lucy's Story   — toni turner, west sussex, england

I had never heard of this infection until this happend to me.


Jake's Story   — Jo Ann Timmons, GA, USA

My son Jake was born on July 19, 1995 by a C-section and had late-onset GBS TWICE, once at 3 weeks and again at 9 weeks. I tested NEGATIVE for GBS and he was delivered by c section


Allie's Story   — Misty Dennis, Canadian, TX, USA

At about 12:30 I told my husband, "Something is wrong with this baby," and when he asked, "Why do you think that?" I told him that she wouldn't latch on!!


Jersey Mai's Story   — kerry bryan, AL, USA

I noticed she wasn't breathing right (grunting), and not feeding right. Still I took my baby home but still couldn't get this feeling that something wasn't right out of my head--a mothers instinct.


Noah's story   — Angela Evertz, NJ, USA

...he awoke screaming and crying as though he was in pain...


Owen's Story   — Rebecca Nickel, NJ, USA

Owen didn't show any symptoms of GBS until his 4th week in the NICU. Immediately upon coming to see him that day, I noticed he looked strange...


Will's story   — Kate McMaster, AL, USA

I knew nothing of GBS at the time - was given antibiotics, but of course that doesn't prevent late-onset.


Moises' Story   — Crystal BAby Moises, CA, USA

My son Moises passed away at 19 months of age of group B Streptococcus...


Landen's Story   — Kaci Barnes, AZ, USA

I woke one morning and thought it was odd that he hadn't woken up yet so I checked on him and he was not breathing....


Jayden's Story   — Shamika Johnson, SC, USA

My son came out fine, but 2 weeks later he became very ill...


Julian's Story   — Natasha Crame, VA, USA

On 11-28-08 I gave birth to a beautiful HEALTHY baby boy who I called Julian. Twenty days later he showed signs and was diagnosed with GBS meningitis. The hardest thing I've ever had to do by far was watch my 10 day old baby fight for his life...


Brittni's story   — Karen Prescott, AL, USA

My daughter Brittni was diagnosed with having GBS at 3 months of age...Now she is almost 16 years old and has some speech problems and is not on schedule for her age as far as school goes, but she is our miracle baby.


Harvey's story   — Amanda Wiggins , FL, USA

Little did we know he had GBS and his little body was a time bomb...


Jacob's Story   — Annie Beckwith, KY, USA

My son, Jacob Connor Playforth, was born April 15th, and passed away May 16th from late-onset GBS.


Kallie's story   — Sally Atherton, CO, USA

Then at 4 weeks Kallie was fussy and was whimpering. I thought she had a tummy ache the whole day...


Lilly's Story   — Sarah Holen, UT, USA

My daughter Lillian was diagnosed with Strep B which resulted in necrotizing fasciitis. She was four weeks old...


AJ's Story   — April Jones, NY, USA

AJ had a bit of the sniffles. Three nights later in the middle of the night AJ didn't wake up for his 1:00 AM feeding...


Lila's Story   — Jessica Winegeart, OK, USA

WE ARE EXTREMELY LUCKY AND BLESSED!!!!


Jariel's Story   — abigail lopez, PA, USA

He was perfectly fine until one day he woke up with weird symptoms...


Tracy's Son's Story   — tracy west, OR, USA

When he was 9 weeks old it was a very hot summer day. My mother was holding him and said that he felt hot...


Riley's Story   — Christen Toothman, CO, USA

This is when I made my first mistake--instead of taking her to the ER, I decided to wait it out until her pediatrician's office opened...


Amanda's Son's Story   — Amanda Pink, GA, USA

He didn't nurse well and was a little fussy. I was trying to rock him back to sleep when he threw up the first time...


Finn's Story   — Leslie Kendrick, CO, USA

At 3 am Finn woke up screaming with a cry that had an intensity that we had not experienced before...


Brantley's Story   — Andrea Mensing, WI, USA

My son, Brantley, was 3 weeks old when suddenly he stopped moving his right elbow and screamed at the slightest touch...


Lochlan's Angel Beginning   — Melissa Driscoll, MN, USA

I am writing because on 13AUG2015 our son Lochlan Michael Driscoll was laid down for his nap by the daycare provider and he never woke up. 3 months after that date we learned that our son Lochlan died of Strep B pneumonia.

Other


Kyle's Story   — Robert & Tonya Williams, FL, USA

Kyle's story is one even a new pediatrician in our group did not believe...


My Baby's Story   — Dee Elel, VA, USA

After days of crying and worrying, I decided that when the baby comes, to cherish every cry, every sleepless night and any other hardship that came my way as it could be just a matter of time....


Andrew's Story   — Grace Trujillo, sacramento, CA, USA

I was never tested for Group B Strep during my 35th-37th week of pregnancy. Possibly a combination of Group B Strep (Sepsis) and jaundice turned into hyperbilirubinemia (kernikterus) to cause my son's disabilities.


Kay's Baby's Story   — Kay Dee, CT, USA

After my baby was born I was told that she had a fever, but that everything seemed to be okay...


Cory's, Baby's, Stefani's and Jack's Stories   — Debra Pum, victoria, australia

I said that the baby wasn't moving much...






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