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Any advance in allowing second birth to RH negative partners?

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My daughter and her husband are RH incompatible.

Their first child was born without any problems

Are there any tests or procedures which would disclose whether having a second (risk encumbered) child might be considered?
asked Jun 6, 2012 in Conditions and Treatments by Sagacity61 (120 points)
recategorized Jun 6, 2012 by LarryEitel

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When you say your daughter and her husband are RH incompatible you mean that your daughter's blood type is Rh-negative.  With the delivery of the first child everything is usually fine.  The danger lies in the fact that during delivery some of the babies blood can spill over into the mother's system and she in turn builds up "antibodies" against the exposure to the infant's blood, which is possibly the same blood type as the father's.  To prevent the production of these antibodies, the RhoGAM shot can be given.  This injection is given 2 times during pregnancy: 1. at 28 weeks gestation and; 2. at 72 hours after an Rh-negative mother delivers an Rh-positive infant.  This injection prevents the Rh-negative mother from producing antibodies in response to an Rh-positive infant.  Please have your daughter check with her OB doctor to find out about getting this injection.
answered Jun 6, 2012 by jlvarisco (2,070 points)
To be taken into consideration is the rhesus factor of the first child. If the child is also Rhesus Negative there is no problem at all, however if the child is Rhesus Positive (and this should have been checked at his/her birth) the mother should have received the RhoGAM shot within the 72 hours of that birth.

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