November is Prematurity Awareness Month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Friday, 01 - Saturday, 30 November, 2019

Donate blood in November to support
Premature Birth Awareness!

Did You Know:

    • 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.



Visit any MKBC Donor Center or MKBC Community Blood Drive
during the month 
of November & designate your blood donation in honor of
Prematurity Awareness Month by using the
 group ID 5694.

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!