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(From left) Stella Strother-Blood, Lillian Shoupe and Tatiana Efremova of WellMama

Your mother gave you life. Why not share the gift with others?

That’s what more than two dozen donors did during our third-annual Mother’s Day weekend blood drive with WellMama on Friday, May 8, at our Willamette Street donation center.

A total of 28 people signed up to donate between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Donors got a cool “Every Mama” T-shirt and paper flower from WellMama and took home a petunia plant courtesy of Lane Blood.

The ongoing partnership just makes sense, said WellMama Executive Director Tatiana Efremova. Childbearing mothers receive more life-saving, community-donated blood than anyone else in Lane County, accounting for 1/3 of all blood transfusions.

Dr. Kyle

Dr. Brooke Kyle

“We work with a similar demographic,” Efremova said. “It’s close to Mother’s Day, so we thought let’s all get together and celebrate physical and mental health.”

WellMama provides pregnancy and postpartum mental health support services to women and their families in Eugene and Springfield. The nonprofit group supports families struggling with emotions related to reproductive health issues, including pregnancy, the first few years postpartum, adoption, infertility and perinatal loss.

“We’re each supporting these women in a different way,” said Stella Strother-Blood, member of WellMama’s Board of Directors.

Donors included WellMama volunteers and clients. Board president, Dr. Brooke Kyle, an OB/GYN with Women’s Care, gave blood, as did supporter Jen Hart, whose mother needed blood transfusions while delivering her via Caesarian section.

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Jen Hart

“My mom and aunt and I would all give blood together,” Hart explained, after making her 28th blood donation Friday. “It’s one of those things that I associate with the women in my family.”

Lillian Shoupe is a postpartum doula who leads a WellMama support group. She donated for the first time last year at the WellMama Mother’s Day blood drive. One year later, she returned to give blood for the fifth time.

If you’d like to honor Mom by donating blood, please make an appointment online or by calling 541-484-9111. Or come to one of our mobile blood drives.

Thank you, WellMama!

Author: Rebecca Taylor

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