Mums get Anti-D jabs
PREVENTATIVE Anti-D injections are given to all pregnant women with a negative blood type in case their baby has positive blood.
A baby’s blood is tested at birth so the injections are given before birth.
Seventeen per cent of the population have negative blood types.
A difference between the mother’s blood and that of her baby can be fatal for the baby.
During the birth of the first child, some blood from the baby via the placenta may enter the mother’s bloodstream.
If antibodies develop in the mother’s blood, they can attack future babies in utero, causing miscarriage.
The Anti-D Program takes the blood of 150 special plasma donors who already have an antibody that combats foreign blood. When Anti-D is given to a mother during pregnancy and after the baby’s birth it does the work for her, so her blood does not have to create its own antibodies.
This Anti-D plasma eventually wears off, meaning the mother would need further injections for any future pregnancies.