Desborough parents who lost their baby shortly after birth are hosting a day of events on Sunday, July 27, to raise awareness of the infection which led to their daughter’s death.
Jason Osborne and Amanda Barnes lost baby Mia in January after she contracted septicaemia, the result of her catching an infection from the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacteria present in her mother.
Up to a third of UK adults carry the bacteria without symptoms, and it can affect newborn babies and mothers.
Tests are available privately to see if a child is at risk, but parents are not routinely told they exist.
The family day takes place at the Desborough Services Club from 2pm on July 27.
It aims to raise awareness of GBS, raise money for the GBS Support charity which helped Amanda and Jason and allow them to thank the community for the kindness shown.
Clown Mr Mudge will be there, as well as a bouncy castle, garden games, a disco and a raffle, with more donated prizes sought.
The couple are also encouraging people to sign a petition calling on the Department of Health to give more information to expectant mothers about GBS.
Jason said: “When e-petitions on this site get 10,000 signatures, this usually prompts a response from the Department of Health. When the e-petitions get at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.”
For more information about the event next weekend and Jason and Amanda’s story, visit the GBS Support website.