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.


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!