Birth

You made it! On this page, you will find things to keep in mind when delivering an ISO baby. If you haven't already, it is helpful to keep a notebook and write down all your questions (and the doctor's answers) about birth and the hospital's processes. Also, make sure they will have antigen negative blood ready for baby. If you've got anti-Kell, baby needs Kell negative blood. If he needs a transfusion, you don't want to wait several hours and risk brain damage while they find blood. Don't forget to pop over to the Printables page for some sheets to help you keep track of all the test results.

Delivery

Induction

Delayed Cord Clamping

Vaginal Birth

Cesarean Birth

Special Care/NICU


After Birth Blood Testing - All About Baby

Direct Coombs Test

Hemoglobin

Hematocrit

Ferritin

Reticulocyte Count

Bilirubin Test

Neutrophil Count

Platelet/Thrombocyte Count

Newborn Blood Screening


After Birth Complications

Anemia

Jaundice

Bronze Baby Syndrome

Kernicterus

BIND

Neutropenia

Thrombocytopenia


After Birth Interventions
Bili Light

Blood Transfusions

IVIG

Erythropoietin


Photos

These are pictures and descriptions of what care for an isoimmunized pregnancy and a baby with hemolytic disease of the newborn looks like. The photos might seem scary at first, but remember, knowledge is power. It's much better to have an idea of what things might look like, than to be shocked when your medical team first does something. It should also be reassuring the number of babies who have gone through this before and are now perfectly healthy, normal children.