Mother's GBS Status: Tested positive. Gestational Age Harmed: 20 weeks. Gestational Age Delivered: 20 weeks gestation.
I had back to back pregnancies. I lost Emma at 20 weeks in 2012 and Braiden at 17 weeks in 2013. For both babies I went in for a normal appointment and no heartbeat could be found. I gave birth, and both autopsies showed GBS as cause of death since the babies had GBS in their hearts. I was told after Emma that this was a once in a lifetime thing to happen and it would not happen again. It took a year to get pregnant with Braiden and I was tested at 13 weeks for GBS which was positive and I was given antibiotics. The next test at 15 weeks was negative and when I went in at 17 weeks he had died. He was kicking like a crazy the day before, so he ended up dying on my daughter's birthday who was with us because we were finding out the sex of the baby that day. A few months after the death I received a phone call from the Health Department stating that I should have had daily antibiotics starting at 10 weeks. This was highly upsetting. I now have an infectious disease doctor (high-risk), daily antibiotics and progesterone. The doctors tell me that they have never experienced this and have no idea if this will work next time or if I will lose another baby and I am terrified.
— Staci Shockley, USA
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