Over the last 30 years, Anti-D, or Rhogam as it is known in the USA, has become accepted as being routinely advisable for rhesus negative women. Yet the question remains that - if women's bodies are designed to give birth without intervention for the majority of the time - why is this necessary? This book explores the paradox between physiological birth and the routine 'need' for anti-D and highlights some interesting evidence which may throw light on this paradox. Are women's bodies really fallible, or could some women's need for anti-D be caused by medical intervention in childbirth? Do women being offered anti-D know that this is a blood product which may carry attendent risks? What information do women need in order to decide whether or not they will have anti-D?
"A well researched and thought provoking theory, which must make every midwife ensure that their practice is based on evidence and not just tradition"Contemporary Nurse, Volume 10 Issue 1 2, March 2001
By Sara Wickham, RM, MA, BA(Hons), PGCE(A), Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant
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