Hi. I’m Tuesday. That’s not my real name – I don’t use that on the internet – but you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have two children. While I was pregnant with my daughter, an eighteen week ultrasound identified placenta previa. I spent the last half of that pregnancy being really anxious. I had been planning a natural childbirth, and researching homebirth. I even considered unassisted birth for a while, before sanity (and a recognition of my husband’s limitations) kicked in. The possibility of a c-section made me kind of panicky, and the midwives I was seeing were really bad at encountering this anxiety. They kept telling me not to worry, and encouraging me to keep planning for a vaginal delivery at full term. When I wound up on an operating table at 32 weeks, I was pissed.
Placenta previa is the go-to condition whenever anyone wants to name a situation in which even the most determined of natural childbirth advocates agree that you really, absolutely need a cesarean section. (Except, if you’ve read much of the internet, you have probably discovered that some people can advocate for vaginal delivery no matter how potentially fatal it might get.) That’s important to know, but if you ask me, it’s lacking in detail.
Once in every two hundred pregnancies, someone has to face the fact that previa doesn’t always clear up before delivery. It seems unfair that those people should also be unprepared, but the difficulty of finding information on what would happen if my previa didn’t clear up made it much harder to plan for what might happen. This site is my attempt to fix that for other people.
Please keep in mind that I’m writing for the worst-case scenario: most of this material is aimed at patients for whom placenta previa persists until delivery. Those people are a minority. If you’ve been diagnosed with placenta previa, the odds of the problem going away are very high. Once the placenta is sufficiently clear of the cervix (2 cm!), you’re having a normal pregnancy, and you don’t need this advice.
I can tell you when to buy a carseat, a million and one things about breast pumps, and what to do with your red panties after your diagnosis, but I am not a doctor or nurse or midwife, and I don’t give medical advice. The closest I get is to advise you to bug your health care providers – a lot. Ask them questions, call them if you worry, go see them if you’re bleeding.
Most of the information on this site is on the blog. I’m adding posts and categories as I manage to write them. If you have questions, or there is anything in particular you would like to see, leave a comment, or drop me an email.