November is Prematurity Awareness Month!

November is Prematurity Awareness Month!

Donate Blood in November to Support
Premature Birth Awareness!

Did You Know:

  • Approximately 500,000 premature infants – or one out of every nine – are born annually in the U.S.
  • A baby born at 25 weeks have a 50% chance of survival. This rate increases to 80% for a baby born at 26 weeks.
  • Premature infants may face a number of challenges, including low birth weight, breathing problems due to underdeveloped lungs, underdeveloped organs/organ systems, or serious infections. They are also at greater risk for cerebral palsy and for learning/developmental disabilities.
  • Red blood cells levels may decline in premature babies due to blood loss during birth, during surgery, or from blood tests that may be required to treat the infant.
  • A premature baby may need a blood transfusion if the baby is very anemic or has severe jaundice. A blood transfusion may also be necessary to treat symptoms caused by anemia, such as apnea.
  • The number of red blood cells (RBCs) declines after birth in all newborns. RBCs carry oxygen throughout the body and it is vital that the baby has a certain amount. Babies born early may have a low level of RBCs because the part of the body that makes these cells (the bone marrow) does not yet have full function. This may require transfusion.
  • During pregnancy and/or labor, a mother may require transfusion if diagnosed with anemia, preeclampsia, RH disease, thallesemia, Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), or other illness. Placental abruption or hemorrhaging will also require transfusion.

SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION IN HONOR OF PREMATURE BIRTH MONTH

Take a picture wearing something PURPLE while donating during the month of November, and post to
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, either tagging Miller-Keystone Blood Center or using #PintsForPreemies!