You might remember that just the other week I set out to give blood with my daughter Beth in tow. As well as sparking a surprisingly mature heart to heart between the two of us, the process of giving blood also made me wonder why more people weren’t taking the plunge.
Of course there is the whole issue of the dreaded needle and the fact that you donate a whole pint of blood, but the actual process is pain-free, comfortable and professionally run by individuals who make your welfare top priority!
So when I got home I did a little research, and found out about an upcoming awareness day called World Blood Donor Day. The day is run by the World Health Organisation, and this year focuses on ‘Safe blood for saving mothers’, something that really resonated with me as a mother of two mischievous (but wonderful!) children both of whom were born via surgery and one an emergency surgery.
As I read more about the day the focus of the campaign really hit home. I found out that around 800 women die every day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications, and that there is a shortage of safe blood available for transfusions to help them. I also found out some more general (and really interesting) facts about blood donation thanks to plenty of specially produced World Blood Day content.
This infographic pictured was a great source of information about why people might not be donating blood. It turns out that 12% of people are scared of needles (just like I was, but I survived!), and 11% of people are nervous about maybe fainting or feeling ill. Well I can definitely say that I didn’t feel unwell at any point during the 5 minutes and 37 seconds it took for me to donate my pint of blood, so if I can do it, so can you!
One of the most surprising things I saw was the fact that 10% of people think that it’s too much of a hassle to arrange a donation time, and 3% said they were too busy. You can see from above just how quick the process actually is… you could even do it during lunch! And there is plenty of information online about where your nearest donation point is.
My experience has definitely encouraged me to give blood again, and helped by these facts and figures will hopefully raise awareness about the importance of the process and give people the push they need to have a go themselves.
Disclaimer: This is a collaboration post, in which I was compensated for writing.