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Can I donate blood for my preemie if he needs it?
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Dr. Edward Evans
Pediatrics - Neonatology
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In brief: Often yes
Premature infants often may need a blood transfusion.
Sources of blood are banked blood, or donated for your infant. Mom may not be able to donate for several months after delivery due to the loss during delivery, but dad or friends can donate if they have compatible blood. Of note banked blood is statistically safer than directed donation, because family may feel pressure, even if risk factors.

In brief: Often yes
Premature infants often may need a blood transfusion.
Sources of blood are banked blood, or donated for your infant. Mom may not be able to donate for several months after delivery due to the loss during delivery, but dad or friends can donate if they have compatible blood. Of note banked blood is statistically safer than directed donation, because family may feel pressure, even if risk factors.
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Dr. Donald Alves
Be prepared for extra paperwork. Directed donors need to have the specific information on the intended recipient, and many larger hospitals will do the donor blood collection on-site to reduce chance of it being mis-directed. Just be patient with the process.
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