Folllowing the press coverage over weekend of 6/7th March
Under no circumstances would NHS Blood and Transplant staff, or anybody else within the NHS, pressure women to continue with a pregnancy solely for the possibility of organ donation. Organ donation would only be considered if the potential parents of babies with a diagnosed non-survivable condition have raised it as something they want to explore.
NHS Blood and Transplant have no way of knowing about anyone who is pregnant with a baby that is unlikely to survive. The only way we would ever find out about such babies is if a pregnant woman expressed a wish to donate the baby’s organs and they were referred to us by their clinical team because they have asked for this. We will then do what we can to support the family to do what is best for them.
When supporting any families who want to explore donating their baby’s organs we always work hard to explain that it is rare and not always possible to go ahead with organ donation and that the process can be complex, while recognising that for some parents who face the tragedy of losing a baby, organ donation can be of comfort.
External Affairs Team
NHS Blood and Transplant.