An estimated 3% of women who give birth need a life-saving blood transfusion following delivery. Based on the most recent birth data, that's more than 100,000 moms each year. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donations plummeted to historic lows. Thousands of blood drives were canceled in the U.S. in the first months of the pandemic, resulting in a loss of more than 130,000 donations. That's especially true for Millennial and Gen Z donors. A study analyzing the world's blood supply showed that out of 180 countries, 107 had insufficient blood to meet their need. Each blood donation can save up to three lives. Here’s the story of one mother whose life was saved by a blood transfusion. Moth∙er. [məT͟Hər]. Noun 1. Selflessness in human form. When we describe, celebrate or reminisce on our moms, the word 'selfless' is likely to come up. It's a defining characteristic of good moms everywhere. Cate Aylesworth always wanted to be a mom, and she fits the part. From playing 'house' as a kid and nurturing her imaginary children to devoting her career to helping underserved seniors and veterans find housing, she’s selfless by nature. Marrying Chris was the start of building the family she'd always hoped for. By July of 2020, Ava Valentine — named after Cate's grandfather John Valentine, who was born on Valentine's Day — was ready to make an appearance at 36 weeks.