Saturday, October 3 11:00 - 4:00 Alexandria Beatley Library Alexandria, Virginia
Local blood recipients and placenta accreta survivors Alexis, Dawn and Marianne from the Hope for Accreta Foundation Northern Virginia chapter and members of ICAN of Northern Virginia invite you to join us at our first joint blood drive. All three placenta accreta survivors are here today because of blood donations from people like you. Our mission at this blood drive is to raise awareness of placenta accreta, promote cesarean awareness, and help women be prepared with the blood products they might need after giving birth. Please join us at our inaugural blood drive on Saturday, October 3 at the Alexandria Beatley Library at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia (map).
Donate Blood!If you are eligible to donate, please consider booking an appointment now with Inova Blood Donor Services through the link below by entering Sponsor Name: Hope for Accreta/ICAN, Sponsor Code: 8131, or calling 866-256-6372. If you're not sure if you're eligible check out the eligibility requirements. At the blood drive all donors complete a short medical history, receive a mini-physical in which temperature, blood pressure and iron level are measured, recline comfortably for 5-10 minutes while donating, and enjoy light refreshments before leaving. The whole process takes about one hour. If you donate regularly be sure not to donate whole blood after August 8 in order to be eligible again - you must wait at least eight weeks/56 days between donations.
Volunteer! If you are not eligible to give blood, but can volunteer at the blood drive, we could use your help. We are in need of people to greet donors when they arrive, to serve refreshments, hand out gift bags to donors, and to watch donors' children while they donate blood. Children are welcome to help as well as long as they are accompanied by a parent.
Or do both! Allow an hour to donate blood and plan to volunteer with us before and/or after your appointment.
Bring your kids! The Alexandria Beatley library is a family-friendly location including a large play area for little ones next to the room where the blood drive will take place. We encourage you to bring your child(ren) and if you don't have someone to watch them while you donate we will have volunteers to help.
We will have food, refreshments and all donors and volunteers will walk away with a gift bag with some fun goodies. If you are unable to join us on October 3 be sure you are subscribed to our email list and we'll notify you of the next blood drive in the spring of 2016. Be an Accreta Hero and help support lives by donating blood!
Alexis, Dawn and Marianne Hope for Accreta Northern Virginia Chapter
Members of ICAN of Northern Virginia
Hope for Accreta is a charitable foundation that provides research and support for Placenta Accreta, Increta and Percreta patients, survivors and their families. Approximately 1 in 333 pregnancies experience placenta accreta, increta or percreta*, a condition in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus. There is nothing a woman can do to prevent this condition, and there is little that can be done for treatment. But we can be prepared with the blood products they might need after birth. *Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). We are the Northern Virginia chapter, with members throughout the greater Washington, DC area. We hold support group meetings once a month, which offer a safe place for post-cesarean mothers to find healing and support and for others to learn about cesarean prevention.