What are alloimmunization and HDFN?
Alloimmunization is when a person makes antibodies as a result of foreign blood mixing. When this happens in women due to exposure to fetal blood, it is called maternal alloimmunization. These antibodies cross the placenta and attack the unborn child; a disease called hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn or HDFN for short. HDFN can have devastating consequences including anemia, hyperbilirubinemia, and even death. With close monitoring and timely treatment, babies with HDFN have a very high survival rate. Unfortunately, due to the rarity of alloimmunization and the variation in care practices around the world, well-managed pregnancies and ideal infant outcomes are not universal - but they can be!
The Allo Hope Foundation was founded to provide educational materials, family and provider support, and to promote research related to alloimmunization and HDFN.
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Our mission is to prevent any harm, stillbirth or infant death caused by alloimmunization and HDFN. We are dedicated to providing patient advocacy, support and education while promoting research and improving healthcare practices for the condition.