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PE01505: Awareness of Strep B in Pregnancy and Infants

Health

Petitioner: Jackie Watt

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 17 February 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce new guidelines advising that all expectant mothers are given information about Strep B and are either screened for Strep B as a matter of routine or given infomation on where to go if they wish to be tested privately.

Petition History:

The petitioner has also collected 178 offline signatures.

Summary:

18 March 2014: The Committee took evidence from Jackie Watt, and Jane Plumb, Chief Executive, Group B Strep Support. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the UK National Screening Committee and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Link to Official Report 18 March 2014 (378KB pdf)

Below: Jackie Watt and Jane Plumb at the meeting on 18 March 2014

 

17 June 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland. Link to Official Report 17 June 2014 (589KB pdf)

28 October 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland. Link to Official Report 28 October 2014

13 January 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 13 January 2015

17 March 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 17 March 2015

26 May 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that over the next eighteen months the Scottish Government will consult the petitioner when redrafting the Ready Steady Baby! booklet and the UK National Screening Committee will review the evidence on Strep B screening. Link to Official Report 26 May 2015    

Written Submissions:

To raise awareness of Strep B which most pregnant woman have never heard of and are unaware of the potential risks to newborn babies should a mother be carrying this during labour.  Also for mothers to be made aware of the symptoms of late onset Strep B, which can result in severe disabilities or death.

Please change this law!

Leanne Tsui

20:19 on 17 Feb 2014

My daughter carries strep B too late for my first grandson who is now left brain damaged but my second grandchild a girl is fine due to having the antibiotics everyone should be tested too many babies are dying or left disabled still people have never heard of it it's not right

Barbara Bell

0:44 on 17 Feb 2014

I had this with my fourth pregnancy and never heard of it before. My baby was born healthy but we stated over night in hospital

Bernadette

23:36 on 16 Feb 2014

My beautiful baby was born asleep 15 years ago! This simple test would of prevented it then and still we are not testing!!

Maria Cook

21:08 on 16 Feb 2014

I had this it during my pregnancy. My son never caught it but it played up during labour making me really ill

abbie groves

20:36 on 16 Feb 2014

In support

Gemma phillips

20:07 on 16 Feb 2014

My newborn girl has just been discharged from hospital after 2 weeks of intense drugs after strep b. She was a late onset - 10days old & not very pleasant to witness.

Kerry Keenan

19:58 on 16 Feb 2014

I had B Strep and had antibiotics in labour and got lovely Baby boy Theo. Only got tested due to discomfort down left side and urine sent to lab...if it was not that I had discomfort I would never have known and could have been a different story. UK should routinely test ALL pregnant women.

Helen

19:52 on 16 Feb 2014

I lost by baby at 39 weeks, when my waters broke and I didn't know, letting the GBS through to her. She died hours before she was born. The first I heard of Group B Strep was when it came back on her post mortem results. More needs to be done to raise awareness and inform pregnant ladies about Group B Strep.

Lindsay Cairns

19:39 on 16 Feb 2014

So very important more awareness and testing is needed

Emily

19:36 on 16 Feb 2014

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