Originally Posted by trini
Can I jump on this thread and ask a related question?
Is it necessary to do it during the pg AND at delivery? Would it be effective to just do it at delivery, therefore preventing it from affecting the baby in any way?
Routine immunisation during pregnancy reduces the rate from around 1.5% to around 0.7%. This is even with immunisation after bleeds/trauma. The theory is that micro bleeds cause sensitisation and no-one is any the wiser.
Routiine prenatal Rhogam jabs were started in the UK. The NHS is reknowned for thorough cost-benefit analyses. No "wow, the drug companies are sellign something, it must be useful" from them. And Rhogam is in drastically short supply, due to the difficulty in finding sensitised people these days. There's hardly a need to drum up business.
It IS a nasty jab, in that its derived from human blood products, but it's necessary. I had it.
And I'm another example of immunisation during pregnancy. At birth of my first pregnancy, with no known bleeds, my baby had anti-A antibodies from me. I was sensitised to her blood with absolutely no symptoms. Luckily we're both Rh- (ABO sensitisation is less serious).