Blood Drive to Help Saves Lives During Maternal Emergencies

April 1, 2019

Blood Drive to Help Saves Lives During Maternal Emergencies

Postpartum Hemorrhage Remains Leading Cause of Maternal Mortality


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 from 2 PM – 7:30 PM

WHAT: Saint Peter’s University Hospital hosts “Leso Family Fifth Annual Hope for Accreta Blood Drive” to help hospitals implement life-saving transfusions in the event of maternal blood loss. Christine Leso, mom of three, was saved during child birth thanks to a ready supply of whole blood at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and is available to discuss:

* Her experience with placenta accreta, a severe complication in which the placenta imbeds itself into the myometrium, that resulted in multiple blood transfusions.

* How Saint Peter’s unique practice of keeping blood stored in the Labor & Delivery unit saved valuable time, and ultimately her life.

* Why the generosity of volunteer blood donors allows her to watch her children grow up.

Important Stats:

* Every year about 100,000 women around the world die of blood loss soon after a baby is born.

* About 1 to 5 in 100 women who have a baby (1 to 5 percent) have postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

* Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a regional leader in Women and Children’s Services, recognized for its exceptional care of expectant mothers and newborns.

o The hospital delivered approximately 5,500 newborns in 2018.

* Saint Peter’s has been the sole New Jersey hospital-member of The Council of Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Hospitals (CWISH) since 1997, working collaboratively with 13 hospitals across the country in support of programs, practices and national policy for women’s and infants’ healthcare services.



* Christine Leso – Green Brook resident and New Jersey co-chapter leader of the Hope for Accreta Foundation who can discuss how her life was saved by blood donors during labor & delivery.

* Saint Peter’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists – can educate about the symptoms of placenta accreta, complications during child birth including hemorrhage, and how physicians can safely manage the condition.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

2:00 PM – 7:30 PM


WHERE: Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center

254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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