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Gold Coast mother of one Jaime-Lee Groves, 27, had no idea this common infection could kill her baby.

‘When I found out I was pregnant I was so emotional,’ Ms Groves told Kidspot.

In her 26th week of pregnancy, her waters broke and tests showed she had contracted a common urinary tract infection that had caused her water to break and left very little fluid around her unborn daughter.

“She was starting to get sick and she was making me sick”, she told Kidspot.

‘They induced my labour and we talked about whether or not we would resuscitate her if it came to that – and we agreed we would. But she stopped breathing before I gave my last push,’ Ms Groves said.

“My first words were, is she dead?” says Jamie-Lee. “And everyone turned to me with these sad eyes. They put her on my chest and I looked at my beautiful girl. She wasn’t breathing but she was perfect.”

Amelia-Rose Groves was born sleeping on New Year’s Eve 2015.

‘Finding out I was pregnant had been a dream come true,’ she said. ‘And then it was ripped away.’

UTI infections are extremely common in men and women but pregnant women can be more susceptible.

“Usually when you have a UTI you know it – you have that burning or pain,” Jamie says. “With this one, I felt nothing.”

“No one told me that a urinary tract infection could have such a devastating effect,” she said.

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“I just hope other women read this and become more aware of the dangers,” says Jamie-Lee. “If you feel like something is wrong, insist that your doctors listen to you. If I can save one other parent going through what I did with losing Amelia, then at least that’s something.”

“I miss her unbelievably,” Jamie-Lee finishes. “Some days I can’t get out of bed it hurts so bad.”

“You never move on, you just find different ways to deal with it.”

Our hearts ache for Jamie-Lee and her family.

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  • I cant imagine the pain she is going through loosing her baby. its brave of her to share the important information for other people to avoid this happening to them too.

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  • I just didnt know…. thank you for the informative article.

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  • I never knew UTIs could be so dangerous.

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  • Heartbreaking :(
    Ii never knew a UTI could cause this in pregnancy

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  • Luckily I wasn’t pregnant when I had a Urinary Tract Infection. I didn’t have any of the normal symptoms. The morning of the day I got really sick I felt a little bit hot for about and hour, then I just felt tired but I am a light sleeper and thought nothing of it as it was warm weather. Late afternoon I started vomitting every few minutes, having tiny sips of water in between and then started vomitting it up too. I was sitting on the toilet floor holding onto the sides of the toilet pan vomitting. I went to hospital by ambulance after having help to get up off the floor. I was badly dehydrated. They did various tests and discovered I had an Urinary Tract Infection. It was the last thing I would have thought of. Overnight I had IV with antibiotics and fluids to rehydrate me.

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  • So sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine how painful it would be xox

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  • I am so sorry for your loss :(

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  • My heart goes out to you. You are strong & your story will help others as i wasn’t even aware that this could happen.

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  • When I was pregnant, they did regular urine tests and blood tests to check for infections. Don’t they do them anymore? I guess it could’ve happened in between Dr visits

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  • Oh, poor woman. It must have been devastating. I’m so sorry for her! :-(

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  • How tragic. My heart breaks for them

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  • Thoughts are with her. Very tragic.

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  • This is so sad for Jamie-Lee and other mothers who have had the same experience. I didn’t know UTI could be so dangerous.

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