Anti-D Explained now available!

Anti-D Explained – now available!

Anti-D Explained is Dr Sara Wickham’s newest book. It has been written to help parents and professionals to understand the science, the issues and the evidence relating to Anti-D. It has a foreword written by Michel Odent. And it’s now available!

You can get the paperback from Amazon UK.

It’s also on Amazon Australia, and if you’re in another country or have a different favourite online bookshop, just search for ‘Anti-D Explained’.

If you prefer e-books, the electronic version is also available for your Kindle or Kobo, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.

Or take the IBSN (which is 978-1-9998064-5-3) to your local indie bookstore and ask them to order you a copy in.


What’s it all about?

Anti-D is a medicine made from blood. It is offered to rhesus negative women who may have been exposed to rhesus positive blood. The most likely time for this to happen is during birth. Anti-D is offered at several points during pregnancy and after birth. It is given to prevent the woman becoming sensitised to the rhesus factor, which may cause a problem for any future rhesus positive babies.

Sara explains the issues and evidence, answers key questions and shares information about what we do and do not know about Anti-D and related topics from research evidence and current thinking. A vital resource for parents, professionals and birth workers.

Sara’s book explains the science behind this area, the history of Anti-D and the research studies that have been carried out to evaluate its effectiveness. She looks at the wider consequences and side effects. Sara takes the reader on a journey through the research, explaining what we know and highlighting the gaps in our knowledge.

The book has been written to help you make the decisions that are right for you. It’s also ideal for health professionals or birth workers seeking to learn about or expand their knowledge in this area.

Anti-D Explained draws upon the stories and experiences of a number of women and Sara also answers the most frequently asked questions from parents.


The book’s story – from the author

“In 2001, I published my first book, Anti-D in midwifery: panacea or paradox? It was the story of my Master’s research, in which I explored holistic midwives’ knowledge in relation to Anti-D and possible alternatives. That was the only book that had ever been written on this topic. Although that first book was very much about the research, and aimed at midwives and doctors, many women and families read it too. it was literally the only book that said anything other than, “you need this.”

For years, people kept telling me that we needed a new book on Anti-D, but it never quite made it to the top of my list. But then I found myself with some unexpected free time in 2020. And it struck me that 2021 would be the twentieth anniversary of the first book and also around fifty years since the Anti-D programme had begun. So here it is, though this time it has been written for parents as well as professionals.

As with all my books, I’ve tried to make it relevant no matter where you are in the world. Of course there are variations; that’s inevitable. Even the degree of variation in what happens in different parts of the same country is stunning. But the very act of showing that there are variations in itself helps to illustrate part of the problem we have where interventions are being offered on a routine basis but without there always being good underpinning evidence.”


We’re going to be sharing more Anti-D information over the coming weeks. So watch this space, and don’t forget to grab your copy of the book!


About the Author

Dr Sara Wickham is an author, educator and researcher. She has been writing and lecturing about birth and midwifery for more than twenty years.

Sara is the author or editor of sixteen books and has edited three midwifery journals. She provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.