Bleeding or Spotting


Dear Midwife,
My wife is Five weeks five days and shes spotting throughout the entire day. I not sure do I take her to the er or is it normal for that to happen.


Bleeding during pregnancy should always be evaluated by your provider. If you don't have a provider and cannot get one, then yes, you should have her seen in the E.R. But it would be better for her to be seen by her own provider, if possible.

--Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.