A website based in south Northamptonshire dedicated to expectant and new mums, has given out 10,000 private testing kits for a life-threatening infection.
Mumstuff, which is run by Nicola Morrow from offices near Towcester, is supporting a public awareness drive for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). The infection, although normally harmless, can be passed to newborn babies, who can then develop a serious condition.
Although many countries routinely test for GBS, only a few NHS trusts make ‘gold standard’ testing available to pregnant women.
Ms Morrow, founder of MumStuff said: “We offer the chance for mums-to-be to order the private testing packs from our website. It is provided free and you only pay the laboratory (The Doctor’s Laboratory http://www.tdlpathology.com/) at the time of sending your sample for testing.”
Jane Plumb MBE, chief executive of charity Group B Strep Support, is calling on the Government to inform all pregnant women about GBS and make ‘gold standard’ tests available as a routine part of antenatal care. Jane, who founded the charity in 1996 after she lost her middle child to GBS, says, “MumStuff’s amazing milestone of 10,000 packs despatched so far highlights the fact that there is a real need, unmet by our NHS, for women to access high-quality testing for group B Strep late in pregnancy.“