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.
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!