The International Cesarean Awareness Network is pleased to be participating in this year’s Accreta Awareness Blood Drive occurring nationwide on April 3rd in support of the Hope for Accreta Foundation.
The purpose of this blood drive is to raise awareness of placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the uterus. Placenta accreta is also a risk of repeat cesarean whose treatment often requires emergency blood transfusion after birth.
In July of 2012, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a committee opinion on placenta accreta. It stated that “the incidence of placenta accreta has increased and seems to parallel the increasing cesarean delivery rate.” Additionally, they also stated that “women at greatest risk of placenta accreta are those who have myometrial damage caused by a previous cesarean delivery with either anterior or posterior placenta previa overlying the uterine scar. The authors of one study found that in the presence of a placenta previa, the risk of placenta accreta was 3%, 11%, 40%, 61%, and 67% for the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth or greater repeat cesarean deliveries, respectively.” (1)
In light of this, it is now more important than ever that women be made fully aware of placenta accreta.
Find a blood drive near you!
ICAN of the Wiregrass
LifeSouth in Dothan Family First Chiropractic
1816 W. Main St, Dothan, AL 36303
9am to 1pm
Amanda Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose, CA
ICAN of Silicon Valley
Red Cross San Jose Blood Center
2731 N First St. San Jose, CA 95134
LaQuitha Glass – email@example.com
ICAN of Tampa Bay
108 Myrtle Ridge Rd Lutz, FL 33549
11 – 4 p.m.
Melissa Taylor – firstname.lastname@example.org
ICAN of Brevard
OneBlood Love Inc.
2774 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935
Heather Schweich – email@example.com
ICAN of Kane County
Heartland Blood Centers- Prisco Community Center
150 W Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL 60506
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Aleksandra Neeley – firstname.lastname@example.org
ICAN of Hagerstown and Frederick
Red Cross Hagerstown Blood Donation Center
1131 Conrad Ct, Hagerstown,MD 21740 and at the University of Maryland Medical Center 22 S Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201
12:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Brandy Firth – email@example.com
ICAN of Springfield, MO
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks
220 W. Plainview Rd. Springfield, MO 65810
Natalie Bechard – firstname.lastname@example.org
LC Valley American Red Cross, Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region
Asotin Fire Department, Asotin, WA
May 6 2015, 2-6 PM
1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2012, July). Placenta accreta. Committee Opinion No. 529. Obstet Gynecol , 2011. Retrieved from http://www.acog.org/Resources%20And%20Publications/Committee%20Opinions/Committee%20on%20Obstetric%20Practice/Placenta%20Accreta.aspx