- Women's Health
Natural Birth and the Rh Negative Mother
I have written this article specifically for the Rh negative mother. Being Rh negative myself, I know the challenges that this situation brings about, especially for the natural, biblically-obedient individual.
Since the creation of Rhogam, a vaccine for Rh negative women, little research has gone into blood status, leaving most mothers with two tough choices. First, they can accept the toxic injection, which is not only against the Bible, but life-threatening. Or, they can refuse the injection and risk never having another child again. Neither choice is pleasant, to say the least.
Fortunately, I’ve recently discovered that these aren’t the only options. There are ways to strengthen the body, thus helping to prevent Rh complications. It may even be possible to switch from being negative-blooded to positive-blooded. And as always, you cannot underestimate the power of faith and prayer.
I discovered that I was Rh negative during the routine prenatal blood work I had with my first pregnancy. It came as a shock to me, for I assumed that if there were anything strange or rare about my blood, I would have known about it. However, a repeat screening confirmed that I was indeed Rh negative.
My initial reaction was to refuse the injection. It was unknown to me, and I worried what effects the toxicity would have on my unborn child. It was an issue that weighed heavily on my heart, and it took weeks to come to a conclusion.
Reluctantly, I agreed to accept it. My midwife, who I trusted at the time, insisted that it was perfectly safe for my baby and me. At that time, I was unaware that blood products were against the Bible, so on the basis of Rhogam being “perfectly safe,” it seemed like the wise choice.
Considering that my natural birth ended in the surgical delivery of a positive-blooded baby, the injection may have been a wise choice after all. No sensitization occurred, and my childbearing future looked bright.
Then, about a year later, I became pregnant with my second child. By that time, I knew that accepting blood products was against the Bible. Rhogam was no longer an option. Instead, I was going to rely on the Lord.
My second birth was a gentle, unassisted home-birth. Afterwards, I did not have the baby’s blood tested for status, or mine for antibodies. I decided that if I was going to rely on the Lord, I needed to rely on Him wholeheartedly.
My third pregnancy ended in an early miscarriage, and left me with the fear that I may have been sensitized from my previous birth. I had considered having my blood tested for antibodies, but soon realized that it had the potential of bringing about a serious dilemma.
If my blood were to test negative for antibodies, I would feel pressured into receiving the Rhogam injection to prevent sensitization. If my blood were to test positive for antibodies, then I’d have this dark cloud hanging over each subsequent pregnancy, making it difficult to remain in faith. So I decided not to test.
During the beginning of my fourth pregnancy, I had a threatened miscarriage. I lost a sizeable amount of fluid, which was the exact way that my previous miscarriage began. However, I chose to rely on faith, and the Lord saved my unborn child.
As of now, I don’t know if I have antibodies against positive blood or not. I also don’t know the Rh status of my second child, or my third. What I do know is that the Lord sustained my pregnancy and there is nothing that He can’t overcome. I also know that He is opening my eyes to see things that I have never seen before–things I’d like to share with you.
Simply stated, everybody has a blood type, either A, B, AB, or O. Everybody also has an Rh factor, which is either positive or negative. Most people are positive.
A person’s blood factor does not have a major impact on their general well-being. However, it can affect pregnancy if an Rh negative woman is impregnated by an Rh positive man. Whether complications are plausible or not is all dependent upon which blood factor the baby inherits–the mother’s or the father’s.
An Rh negative baby is at no risk by an Rh negative mother, while an Rh positive baby is. If the baby’s positive blood were to pass into the mother’s blood stream, the mother may become sensitized to positive blood. What happens is that the mother’s body recognizes the baby’s blood as a foreign substance and creates antibodies to fight against it.
This scenario can have detrimental effects on the unborn child. The mother’s body will attack the baby’s blood, which can cause the mother to miscarry the child, even in late pregnancy, or deliver a baby with hemolytic disease. It is a scary situation, which is why most mothers turn to Rhogam.
Rhogam isn’t the cure-all that the medical establishment has made it out to be. It is not 100% effective, and some unborn babies will die within a week of exposure. Even worse, it is a blood product, which is not acceptable for God’s people.
Rhogam contains the same toxic substances as vaccinations, such as thimerosol, which is a mercury derivative. Its use during pregnancy is very dangerous because mercury crosses the placental barrier within minutes of the injection. High levels of this toxic substance can cause autism, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and death, just to name a few.
In addition, Rhogam is made with human blood. As with all human blood-products, it can contain a myriad of viruses, including AIDS and hepatitis. Even the latest medical advances cannot detect everything, and especially not diseases that are still unknown to mankind.
From the very beginning, God commanded us to avoid blood. As always, He had our best interests at heart. As humans, we cannot always foresee the consequences of our actions, despite how thorough we may try to be. That is why it is always wise to heed to our Creator’s instruction.
Most Rh negative women are told that if they refuse Rhogam, they will certainly become sensitized to positive blood. As a result, they will never be able to carry another child to full term, or at least not a healthy one.
However, there are a lot of “ifs” when it comes to Rh sensitization. A mother may become sensitized if her baby is positive-blooded, and if the baby’s blood passes into the mother’s blood stream, and if it is enough blood to trigger the creation of antibodies. As anyone can see, specific events must take place in order for sensitization to occur.
The passing of blood is much more likely to happen if the mother delivers in a hospital. Hospital births are by no means gentle, and any one of the numerous procedures can cause blood to mix. From an amniocentesis, to the common yanking of the umbilical cord, hospital intervention is the number one cause of Rh sensitization.
During a natural birth, however, the dangers of passing blood are significantly reduced. Special measures can be taken to avoid invasive procedures. For instance, the utmost caution should be used to not tug on the umbilical cord or hasten the expulsion of the placenta. Instead, things should be allowed to progress as nature dictates.
One interesting fact to take note of is this: During a typical hospital birth without the use of Rhogam, only about 15% of Rh negative women will become sensitized to their baby’s blood. If only 15% will become sensitized in an invasive hospital birth, imagine how less likely sensitization is to occur during a natural birth. It is estimated to be a mere 2%.
As you can see, Rh sensitization is not as likely as the medical establishment claims, although it is undeniably a real possibility. You must weigh the risks, ask the Lord for guidance, and make the best possible choice.
It is documented that there are a handful of women out there who began life with negative blood, but later switched to being positive-blooded. This phenomenon is deemed as an impossibility by the medical establishment. However, actual doctors discovered the switch in Rh status, not the mothers themselves. And, for the sake of clarity, these mothers were absolutely, without a doubt, negative-blooded to begin with. Rh negative. The idea of being able to change blood status is extraordinary, to say the least. But how did these women do it?
Surprisingly, each of these women had one remarkable thing in common. They each suffered from problematic pregnancies, and to strengthen their bodies, they all made drastic changes in their diets.
For the most part, these women eliminated all animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Instead, their diets heavily relied upon raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and pure water.
In addition, these women took further steps to purify their bodies, such as using herbs and colon cleansers. The herbs included angelica, bloodroot, blue cohosh, borage, capsicum, coriander, goldenseal, hawthorn berry, holy thistle, peppermint, periwinkle (which was the most common), sorrel, tansy, valerian, and vervain. These women also used wheat and other grasses, as well as ate foods that built blood, such as grape juice, molasses, and beets.
Once again, good health and longevity, even for an unborn child, can be achieved by returning to God’s original diet for man–one of raw fruits and vegetables. This is a promising notion for those of us who are faced with the challenge of being Rh negative.
Diet is the foundation of optimal health. A healthy diet will produce a healthy pregnancy, and likewise, a healthy pregnancy will produce a healthy baby.
As a Rh negative mother, an excellent diet holds even more value for you. It will strengthen your entire body, including your uterus. A strong uterus is essential in preventing the mixing of maternal and fetal blood. Avoiding this potential catastrophe should be your top priority.
To strengthen your body, you must supply it with living foods. The majority of what you consume should be in the form of raw, organic fruits and vegetables, as well as whole-grains and purified water. Avoid all animal products, processed foods, sugar, and all additives.
In addition, discontinue using fluoridated water and toothpaste. Fluoride interferes with the body’s main protein that is used to attach the placenta to the uterus. Under no circumstances do you want to inhibit the proper attachment of the placenta, or encourage it to detach prematurely.
To complement your dietary efforts, citrus fruits, elder flower tea, and garlic will all aid in strengthening the placental attachment to the uterus.
Once your baby is born, there are additional measures that you can take to prevent or minimize sensitization. First and foremost, do not tug on the umbilical cord. And, of equal importance, give the umbilical cord adequate time to stop pulsating before cutting it.
If the delivery of the placenta is prolonged, do not massage your uterus to encourage the expulsion. This can cause unnecessary bleeding. Instead, wait until it is expelled naturally, or use herbs if necessary.
Really, the key to preventing sensitization lies within keeping your body as healthy as possible and having a gentle, non- invasive birth. Even more important is to rely on faith.
Years ago, before the creation of Rhogam, most Rh negative mothers would have one successful pregnancy followed by a string of miscarriages. Little was known about how to prevent sensitization, and nobody realized that the primary causes were malnutrition and invasive medical procedures.
Today, some women become sensitized before even occurs during a miscarriage, medical procedure, or wrongly-typed blood transfusion. Once sensitization has occurred, there is no use for Rhogam. Fortunately, if a sensitized mother becomes pregnant with a negative-blooded baby, which is possible, there is absolutely no cause for concern. This baby is at no risk and will not further the mother’s sensitization.
For the sensitized mother who is carrying a positive-blooded baby, certain risks do apply. The severity of these risks all depend upon the extent of her sensitization.
For instance, let’s say that a mother becomes sensitized by an early miscarriage (which is unlikely). It is probable that the sensitization is limited, considering the small amount of fetal blood that would have been present at the time of the miscarriage. This limited sensitization would pose very few complications during this mother’s subsequent pregnancies.
However, each positive-blooded baby that this mother carries will worsen the sensitization, thus posing more severe complications. On average, these complications will arise during her third or subsequent pregnancy of a positive-blooded baby.
For a mother who is highly sensitized to positive blood, her best choice would be to try to switch her blood factor, as described above. There is no specific scientific data that even proves that this can be done, but one cannot underestimate the effects of diet. I feel confident that the claims of the women who switched blood factors are indeed true.
Then, as with all things, there is faith. It really doesn’t matter what complication a mother faces during pregnancy as long as she stands on the Word of God. God says that as worshipers and tithers, we do not have to miscarry. He also says that He will give us a full life span, which is a promise that includes our children–born or unborn. There are no exceptions.
As you’ve read thus far, there are steps that you can take as a Rh negative mother to decrease the likeliness of sensitization, limit the worsening of sensitization, and even alter your blood status. However, doing these things will require discipline, and possibly some major life changes.
I’ve devised the following five-step regimen for myself, as well as for you, my fellow Rh negative mother. This regimen will help us to strengthen and purify our bodies, purify and build our blood, and possibly alter our Rh status.
The first step in strengthening and rebuilding your body, as well as cleansing your blood, is detoxification. This is a means to remove all of the toxins that have built up within you from the time you were in your own mother’s womb. These toxins may have come from drugs and medications, pollution, household and personal care items, and yes, food. Most people underestimate the toxicity of what they eat.
The most effective means of detoxification is a water fast. However, as a pregnant woman, this is not a wise choice. Instead, you should simply eliminate all toxins from your diet. This includes animal products, packaged foods, sugars, white flour, non-organic produce, and the like. Avoid colorings, preservatives, flavor- enhancing agents, genetically-modified products, and caffeine.
In addition, remove as many toxins as possible from your home. These toxins can be found in laundry products, dish soap, bar soap, hair products, cleaning products, lotions, make-up, and similar items. Instead, replace these chemicals with the natural versions at your local natural food store.
Most importantly, drink water. Distilled water is the purest available, and you should drink it liberally. This will greatly aid in your body’s ability to rid itself of toxic substances, as well as to regenerate.
For a bit of flavor in your water, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice is especially beneficial in the cleansing of the liver, which is the body’s primary blood-filtering organ.
Freshly-extracted fruit juices are also beneficial when it comes to the detoxification process. Fruits are nature’s cleansers, while vegetables are the builders. However, do not overuse fruit juices, for they do contain concentrated amounts of sugar.
The following is a concoction that I’ve recently created to aid in the detoxification process. I drink about two servings per week, and definitely no more than one serving per day. All of the fruits should be organic and run through a juicer.
1 Orange, peeled (rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant)
1 Apple (for sweetness)
1/8 Lemon, with peel (excellent in detoxification of liver)
1 c. Red Seedless Grapes (cleanses blood)
Although there are detox teas available, I have yet to see one that is safe for pregnant or nursing women. It would be better for you to detox by eating pure foods and avoiding toxins, and save the more extreme measures for a later time.
The detoxification steps that I have listed above are meant to be a permanent part of your healthy lifestyle, whether pregnant or not. It is also suitable for your entire family.
Once you have detoxified your body, the next step is to keep it that way. This can be accomplished through the avoidance to toxic foods and substances, and maintained through a health-promoting diet.
A health-promoting diet is of the utmost importance to you because it will help strengthen your entire body–from head to toe–including your uterus. A strong uterus will be less likely to cause any complications during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Even more important, it will be a solid ground for the placenta to attach to, making it less likely to prematurely separate or tear. Premature separation and tearing can both lead to sensitization.
Avoiding unhealthy foods is the first step to a health- promoting diet, but not the only one. What you do eat is of greater importance. At least 75% of the foods you consume should be in the form of organic, raw fruits and vegetables. Next to that, you may have whole-grains and other unprocessed foods.
Again, do not underestimate the importance of water. Replace all other beverages with water, and be sure to not mistake thirst for hunger.
As for supplementation, my highest recommendation is to take barley grass, or another grass. You will receive more vitamins, minerals, and amino acids from this source than any traditional vitamin and mineral supplement. This will help to replenish all of the nutrients that are depleted within your body.
To specifically strengthen your placental attachment to your uterus, try citrus fruits, elder flower tea, and garlic. All of these are beneficial during pregnancy.
In addition to diet, rest and exercise are important factors. Both of these will help to strengthen and purify your body.
Be sure to allow yourself adequate time to sleep. If possible, nap whenever you are feeling tired. Even a fifteen-minute period of rest in a reclined position with your eyes closed will be beneficial.
As for exercise, walking is sufficient for a mother-in- waiting. Make a point to take a leisurely stroll each day, or take certain measures to increase your activity as you go about your daily business. For instance, park your car on the far side of the parking lot at the grocery store.
When possible, avoid hazards inside and outside of your home. Stay away from second-hand smoke, drive on less-traveled roads to avoid inhaling car exhaust, open windows when possible to allow fresh air to circulate through your home, filter your bathing water to avoid toxins that become airborne when the water is heated (in steam), and take any other measures, within reason, to protect yourself and your unborn child.
Building and purifying your blood go hand-in-hand. Both of these measures can be beneficial to all people, but especially to you as a Rh negative mother. For you, the main reasons to build and purify your blood are to strengthen your body, specifically your uterus to prevent premature separation and tears, and to possibly alter your blood status.
A health-promoting diet, as outlined above, is the single most important factor in the building and purifying of blood. A healthy diet will promote a healthy liver, and your liver’s primary function is to filter your blood.
When working properly, your liver cleans about 99% of bacteria and other toxins from your blood. At all cost, you should avoid alcohol, refined sugars, and saturated fats. These three substances will hinder your liver’s ability to function properly and optimally.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant, has also been shown to be very helpful in purifying the body in general. You can take it as a supplement, or simply eat a plentiful amount of foods that are rich in vitamin C.
And finally, herbs. Angelica, bloodroot, blue cohosh, borage, capsicum, coriander, goldenseal, hawthorn berry, holy thistle, peppermint, periwinkle, sorrel, tansy, valerian, and vervain are all beneficial herbs that have been noted to not only build and purify blood, but also change Rh status as well.
There are also foods to help build and purify blood, such as beets, grape juice, and molasses. Do not consume too much grape juice or molasses, however, for they are both high in sugar.
The following is a tea that I’ve created to help support a healthy pregnancy and to aid in the blood purification process. It contains the classic pregnancy supporting herbs, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as periwinkle for us Rh negative mothers. Steep one tablespoon of the herbal blend in boiled water, covered, for ten minutes. Drink at least one serving per day.
1 c. Periwinkle (cleanses/rebuilds blood)
1 c. Red Raspberry Leaves (encourages optimal uterine function)
1/4 c. Alfalfa (especially rich in vitamins/minerals)
1/4 c. Comfrey (has pain-relieving properties)
1/4 c. Dandelion Leaves (nourishes/revitalizes liver, supports kidneys)
1/4 c. Nettle Leaves (supports kidneys, reduces hemorrhoids, nourishes circulatory system)
1/4 c. Red Clover Leaves & Blossoms (nourishes entire reproductive system)
Also, most grasses, such as wheat grass and barley grass, are known for cleansing and rebuilding blood.
Lastly, most sensitization occurs during the birth itself. If possible, deliver at home or with a midwife. Do not pull on the umbilical cord. Do not cut it prematurely (when it is still pulsating). And do not take any additional measure to hasten the expulsion of the placenta. Instead, allow nature to take its course. This is what natural birth is all about.