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Anti-D – saving babies

Around 17 per cent of Australian women who become pregnant need anti-D injections to keep their babies healthy. Anti-D can only be made from donated plasma.

All of Australia’s anti-D plasma comes from a tiny pool of around 200 donors. These donors have a special type of antibody (a protein made by their immune system) in their blood.

How does anti-D work?

When a mother with Rh (D) negative blood  becomes pregnant with a baby that has Rh (D) positive blood, there’s a risk her immune system will create antibodies that attack the unborn baby’s red blood cells.

This can cause deadly Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn (HDN), which can lead to serious complications for the baby during pregnancy, and even death. Only treatments made from anti-D plasma can prevent HDN.

How to help

We always need more donors to be part of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s program for collecting anti-D. This is to meet the needs of Australia’s growing population and replace those who can’t donate anymore.

If you are a man of any age or a woman past child-bearing years and a current blood donor, you may be eligible to join our anti-D program.

Talk to us at your next donation or call us on 13 14 95.