No ill effects on childbirth from Rh-negative blood

When my husband and I were expecting our first child back in the ’70s, we went to a local doctor for prenatal care. He took a blood test and came back with the news that I had Rh-negative blood. He said this would not be a problem for this present child, but that it could have an adverse, even fatal effect on a newborn, should I have more children. He warned that unless I took a drug to counteract this within 24 hours of childbirth, my husband and I should count on only one child.

These dark predictions were extremely alarming to me. I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful support, and I prayed with a depth of need I had rarely felt before. I realized that perhaps most moms would gratefully turn to that drug as a solution. Being a lifelong student of Christian Science, and having witnessed many times its healing power, I was more inclined to turn to God to bring harmony rather than to drugs. I mentally protested against the proposition that a mix of chemicals had more power to protect life than God, who is Life itself. I vigorously claimed in prayer God’s allness, omnipotence, and infinite capacity to maintain His creation. By the time our first child was born we had moved, and the doctor who first alerted us to this condition was not on the case. I felt such certainty that I could trust God completely that I did not take the drug. The birth was a harmonious one.

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