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  •  I have Rh neg too... (4.00)
    What happens is that in cases where, during birth or abortion or miscarriage, the baby's blood gets into the mother's bloodstream for any reason (more common with abortion or medical birth, but possible any time there is bleeding in pregnancy), the blood of an Rh+ baby can trigger the production of antibodies in an Rh- mother. Rhogam, which is basically Rh gamma globin, "mops up" all the rh + blood cells in the maternal blood stream and prevents sensitization. It works quite well at preventing future problems.

    In a normal birth, even in an Rh negative mother, the rate of sensitization is not all that high. But in an abortion, the process is pretty invasive and depending on what stage the pg is at, risk is not insignificant.

    There is not a guarantee of problems without the shot, but there is a possibility.

    What happens in Rh disease? Not a lot for the mother...but subsequent pregnancies with Rh+ babies can cause extensive destruction of the baby's blood, and it can be fatal for the baby. There are new therapies which can mitigate this, but Rhogam has made Rh sensitization very rare.

    The big problem? Rhogam is expensive. I had bleeding this pg, and needed a shot, and it falls under the category of "therepeutic injection" on my insurance and thus is under the deductable, which means that after the insurance write-off, we're still paying about $100 for the shot. And abortion providers pass this cost on directly to the client.

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