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Marlise Van Onselen


Posted by: Nthami | 2012-07-11


Placenta Previa

Hi Marlise I am 30 weeks pregnant, and last week I was admitted by my OBGYN due to some light bleeding. He ran tests and asked questions, then concluded that I had a low-lying placenta. He immediately told me that I would most likely have to have a c-section and that he would try to ensure that this did not happen before 34 weeks. I freaked out and was just a wreck after hearing the news. my birth plan, completely natural, was basically being written out. But after reading up on the condition, of which I had never heard before, I realised there is a possibility of the situation naturally subsiding and I could still have the natural birth I plan. How do I present my findings on the matter to my OBGYN without sounding as if I think I know better with all his knowledge and experience? I think he's a great doctor, but I also feel that he doesn't understand the importance of natural birth to me.

Expert's Reply


Marlise Van Onselen Marlise Van Onselen
- 2012-09-10

Bleeding with a low-lying placenta is a red flag. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your OBGYN so use that to your advantage. Discuss your concerns and plans openly with him.  Remember that your OBGYN is guided by scientific evidence based practice. If evidence shows that in your circumstances a c-section is the safest birth plan option trust that it is.  Play open cards with your OBGYN and maybe he will give you more information that will help you to understand the risk factors.


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