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    Hi!! Welcome to your lodge, Laura!

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    Welcome to your lodge!
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    Welcome to your lodge!!
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    Thank you. This is baby number six and this pregnancy has been quite a ride. My first baby's birth was a typical induction/epidural scenario. I had my next four babies at home. With this one I felt uneasy about home birth, so I found an excellent CNM and hospital. At 17.5 weeks I started bleeding and passing clots. I was diagnosed with placenta previa and put on bed rest for six weeks. The placenta moved, so I thought we'd have smooth sailing moving forward.

    Then my midwife's back-up OB withdrew her support and my midwife had to abruptly close her practice. All of her patients had to scramble to find a new provider. Home birth still doesn't feel like the right option, so I signed up with a rotating group practice of six CNMs. I still haven't met all of them and I have had my last four babies 1.5-3 weeks early. I have liked all of the midwives I've met so far.

    We had a trip to L&D Friday night. I'd been having contractions all day. They never got consistent, but I started dripping red blood. I had a placental abruption with a previous baby, so I was rather concerned. I called the on-call midwife and she told me to go in. I got an ultrasound and there does not appear to be an abruption. The bleeding stopped, baby looked great, and I was only 2 cm/70% effaced, so I went home. I admit that I was secretly wishing we'd find a reason to induce or even do a c-section.

    I'm thinking (and hoping!) he will probably come on his own in the next two weeks. Hopefully we will have a nice, boring birth after all of this excitement. My nerves can't take much more. Any more bleeding will push me over the edge!
    Laura
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    Welcome to your lodge!

    Wow, sounds like quite a ride this pregnancy, for sure! How terrible to have to find new care halfway through! I'm glad you found a practice you seem to like, though!

    I know easier said than done (with 4 kiddos running around!), but take care of yourself and take it easy these last few weeks!! Bleeding is the absolute worst (I had a small SCH that lead to brown gunk spotting from weeks 5-9 with this pregnancy), so I hope you've seen the last of it!
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    Dripping blood after a diagnosis of placenta previa is NOT a good thing. If they have not already done a vaginal color Doppler ultrasound, then please please please call RIGHT NOW and demand one. There is a condition called Vasa Previa where the placenta moves out of the way, but the blood vessels feeding it don't move. It can be catastrophic and the only thing to do is an early c-section before too much dilation rips the blood vessels. I am totally not the kind of person to try to scare new moms, I actually refuse to share either of my birth stories with pregnant moms to protect them from their own emotions about birth, but this ultrasound could literally be the difference between life and death. An abdominal ultrasound can't show what they need to be looking for, nor can a traditional black & white ultrasound, it needs to be a vaginal color Doppler ultrasound. If you've had one and all is well, then I'm terribly sorry for even mentioning this. Sending all kinds of good thoughts your way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Dripping blood after a diagnosis of placenta previa is NOT a good thing. If they have not already done a vaginal color Doppler ultrasound, then please please please call RIGHT NOW and demand one. There is a condition called Vasa Previa where the placenta moves out of the way, but the blood vessels feeding it don't move. It can be catastrophic and the only thing to do is an early c-section before too much dilation rips the blood vessels. I am totally not the kind of person to try to scare new moms, I actually refuse to share either of my birth stories with pregnant moms to protect them from their own emotions about birth, but this ultrasound could literally be the difference between life and death. An abdominal ultrasound can't show what they need to be looking for, nor can a traditional black & white ultrasound, it needs to be a vaginal color Doppler ultrasound. If you've had one and all is well, then I'm terribly sorry for even mentioning this. Sending all kinds of good thoughts your way!
    Hmm... The most recent ultrasound was abdominal color Doppler. I did have a vaginal color Doppler ultrasound back at 19.5 weeks. The placenta had already shifted to 8mm off the cervix and all the blood flow looked good. I will check into this, though. Thanks for the heads up.
    Laura
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    Our June baby arrived in May with the help of Hypnobabies.
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    Welcome to your lodge and I hope things quiet down for you. A boring birth beats a stressful one!

    Cindy

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