ARE YOU RH-NEGATIVE?
If you have Rh-negative blood, you may already know that you are among a select group of people. You may also know that for pregnant women, being Rh-negative can threaten the lives of their unborn children. Many women have learned that a disease called hemolytic disease of the newborn or HDN, can occur when an Rh-negative mother’s immune system produces antibodies that attach to the red blood cells of her Rh-positive baby. The resulting loss or serious illness of the child is understandably devastating to the mother and her family.
As a member of this rare blood group, you may have a special gift that can help these families fight back. Part of your blood - the plasma - contains a substance that can prevent this terrible disease. Somerset Laboratories plays a major role in screening and collecting blood plasma from Rh-negative donors, enabling the production of a lifesaving therapy. This breakthrough product is injected into the mother during her pregnancy to prevent the development of HDN. With the help of dedicated plasma donors, millions of Rh-negative mothers and their babies have been protected against potential HDN, thanks to the availability and use of lifesaving therapies.
SAVE AS MANY AS 40 LIVES IN JUST ONE HOUR
Those of us who know the tenderness shared between parents and their newborn baby wouldn’t trade that joy for anything. Imagine preventing the devastation and pain of losing a baby by taking about an hour of your time to donate. If you qualify, you can donate plasma up to twice a week, protecting up to 40 babies with each donation.
ARE YOU QUALIFIED?
Not all Rh-negative men and women qualify for the program for a variety of reasons. If you want to donate plasma for the Anti-D Program, you must meet the certain requirements below to be scheduled for a phone interview in order to donate. Click here to find out more.