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Childbed fever

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.

For you and your family's sake please, make sure you're aware of the symptoms, and the importance of prompt treatment

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.

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What's the aim?

We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.

We believe that parents should be told about sepsis and childbed fever in ante natal classes and at the point of post natal discharge.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum.

She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus, six days after the uncomplicated birth of her second child.

Jessica's story could save another Mum's life and prevent another family's heartache and pain.
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