Over the last 30 years, Anti-D, or Rhogam (in the USA), has become routinely recommended for women who are rhesus negative. However, 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? Anti-D in Midwifery explores the paradox between physiological birth and the routine need for anti-D and highlights some interesting evidence which may clarify 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 with its associated risks ?
- What information do women need in order to decide whether or not they will have anti-D ?