Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia.
If you think it is a disease of the past, you're wrong.
Childbed fever infections are rare, but they can happen to anybody, and can be fatal: 14% of maternal deaths in the UK are due to septicaemia.
The symptoms of infection are usually easy to recognise and, if caught at an early stage, generally respond well to antibiotics.
But if left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.