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Rhesus -Negative: Advice for 3rd stage needed urgently!

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mirashark Mon 18-Jul-05 13:39:59

Hi,
I am 40+4 so just about to pop and have done lots of research on Rhesus but got a lot of conflicting advice on what to do about the 3rd stage of labour for the best. I chose not to have Anti-D during pregnancy so will only be receiving it if baby is +Positive.

To avoid blood exchange as much as poss during birth and delivering afterbirth is it better to

A: Accept syntometrin and quicken the placenta delivery?

B: Let it come naturally with no physical help or tugging?

C: To clamp the umbilical or not to clamp?

Apparently clamping can cause a swell inside and force blood back and forth through the placenta but if you just get them to let the umbilical just bleed does it complicate the process of taking blood for the baby's rhesus test?

And what if it's a water birth with all that blood swimming about?

Any advice greatly accepted as I have to compose a birth plan like, yesterday!!!

thanks so much X

robinia Mon 18-Jul-05 14:10:40

Try this thread on the same topic: here

marne Mon 18-Jul-05 14:19:12

Hi im rhesus neg to, i had no probloms whilst giving birth, dds cord was clamped, my placenta took a while so had to have drugs to help deliver it. They tested for babys blood group straight away and she was rhesus neg. Im sure ther is nothing to wory about, the doctors and midwifes seem to know what they are doing, im sure you will be in safe hands, good luck.

mirashark Mon 18-Jul-05 17:32:40

thanks girls that is a great help, much appreciated!
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