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This procedure is done in fetuses with severe anaemia. This treatment is meant to keep the fetus healthy until the baby is mature enough to be delivered.

How is Intrauterine fetal blood transfusion done?

A needle is usually inserted through the abdomen and into the umbilical cord, so donated blood can be injected into the baby. An ultrasound scan is used to help guide the needle to the right place. A sedative may be given to keep you relaxed and your baby may also be sedated to help stop them moving during the procedure.

How many times is fetal blood transfusion required?

You may need more than one intrauterine foetal blood transfusion. Transfusions can be repeated every 2 to 4 weeks until your baby is mature enough to be delivered. They may even reduce the need for phototherapy after birth, but further blood transfusions could still be necessary.