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After A Difficult Delivery, Mom Becomes a Dedicated Blood Donor

By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
Kristi Baumbach is a Navy mom of three. She experienced a very difficult delivery with her daughter Emily, and had significant loss of blood. She was nearly a blood transfusions recipient. Today, Kristi Baumbach donates blood regularly and takes pride in her gift to others. She has recovered and her daughter is fine today.

“I had a high-risk pregnancy in 1999 (complete placenta previa) and lost a lot of blood throughout pregnancy and at delivery,” she said. “My baby, her sister, was born early and healthy and is still healthy to this day. I did not actually have to receive blood but was (almost did) due to the heavy blood loss. I'm grateful it was an option!”

Seaman Recruit Kathryn Baumbach will graduated boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., March 3 and then traveled to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to attend master at arms “A” school.

“I have never donated blood before,” Kathryn Baumbach said. “I know my parents regularly donate and I am happy they do. I think it is important that people donate blood because my sister was born as a premie and is doing well today.”

Before joining the Navy, Kathryn Baumbach said she had worked at a tourist restaurant and then tried her hand at college.

The Baumbach family is healthy today and appreciates all blood donations for others.

“To this day, I regularly give blood because I realize how important it is to do this because I can and I'm healthy! I'm O-negative which means they call me all the time and I have what they call ‘baby safe blood’ because I'm negative on a common antibody. Essentially this means, my blood is used for premature and sick babies because their undeveloped immune systems will not reject it! So, how good does that feel? I save the lives of new babies!”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.