We were told that the first 24 to 48 hours would be crucial and that we should go home. Yeah right!
What should have been a day to show our first born off to family and friends had turned into a nightmare, and friends and family were at the bedside, or on the other end of the telephone, waiting for news.
After a few agonising days and nights the diagnosis was confirmed as strep B meningitis and septicaemia - something that we hadn't ever heard of. To be told some time later that it could have been avoided with simple screening and treatment of me was unbelievable to us.
After five days, which felt like five weeks, she was taken out of the incubator, as she was responding well to treatment, and put into a cot, although still attached to a drip. It felt amazing to be able to hold her and feed her again. During this time she was given a brain scan and it was confirmed there was no brain damage and we were referred to outpatients for hearing tests at a later date.
Jemma was discharged after 10 days and we took her home for a second time, which felt like the first all over again.
Three years later we were expecting another baby and not wanting to go through the same thing a second time we contacted the Meningitis Research Foundation for advice.
Since then myself and my husband have done various newspaper articles and taken part in Foundation's Befriending scheme.