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Vasa Previa

I came across this great video that was taken after a birth of twins. The video is of a placenta with vasa previa, and a nurse explaining what you are looking at. Pretty interesting (and graphic)!


Vasa previa is a rarely (1:2500) reported condition in which fetal blood vessel(s) from the placenta or umbilical cord crosses the entrance to the birth canal, beneath the baby. The condition has a high fetal mortality rate (50-95%). This can be attributed to rapid fetal exsanguination resulting from the vessels tearing when the cervix dilates, membranes rupture or if the vessels become pinched off as they are compressed between the baby and the walls of the birth canal.

For more information, check out vasaprevia.com.

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  1. Jennifer Munson
    November 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for posting this information on your site. We work hard every day trying to raise awareness on vasa previa. It is an easily diagnosed and manageable condition. When diagnosed and managed properly, 100% of babies can survive. I know because I’m a mother of a survivor.

    Thank you!
    Jennifer Munson, Director
    International Vasa Previa Foundation
    http://www.vasaprevia.org/stories/survivors/JenniferMunson.htm

  2. November 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    You are very welcome, Jennifer!

    Just read your story. That’s so wonderful you were able to work through and monitor the problems you and your son faced during your pregnancy.

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