Blood Transfusions

Blood transfusion, pregnancy and birth

A blood transfusion involves giving blood or blood components from one person (known as the donor) to another person. A blood transfusion can be a life-saving process. It is usually done to replace blood that has been lost because of severe bleeding but it is also used for the treatment of severe anaemia. You may need a blood transfusion when pregnant or shortly after you give birth. Please read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines about Blood transfusion, pregnancy and birth.