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Anti-D In Midwifery : Panacea or Paradox? - Sara Wickham

Anti-D In Midwifery

Panacea or Paradox?

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Published: January 2001
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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

Introduction and background
Initial research
Subsequent research
The question of antenatal anti-D
The search for midwifery evidence
Philosophy and the question of iatrogenesis
Clinical and immunological factors
Placental physiology and the third stage
Positive intercessions
Supporting women making decisions
Midwifery and medical paradigms
Moving midwifery knowledge forward
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780750652322
ISBN-10: 0750652322
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 165
Published: January 2001
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised