Hunter Timothy | Christie
Christie was induced because of toxemia. She lost a lot
of blood when her water broke. An emergency C-section was performed and Hunter
came out not breathing and with the color of cigarette ashes. Hunter fought
for his life and had a massive seizure. Still he managed to live and slowly
his organs began to work. After 18 days in NICU Christie was able to take her
miracle son Hunter home. He is developing very normal ever since.
Jake Charles | Deb
Jake Charles was conceived by in vitro fertilization, after
three long years of struggling with infertility. He was a miracle from the start.
During Deb's 22-week routine ob/gyn visit, her doctor identified the vasa previa
and explained very clearly what the condition was and what the risks were. Jake
was born at 29 weeks by C-section. Chief of Neonatology told Deb that he'd never
seen a baby born at 29 weeks breeze through a neonatal stay like Jake.
Jakob and Mia | Heather
Heather is an OB/GYN who, after struggling with infertility
and miscarriages, finally conceived Jakob and Mia via in vitro fertilization.
She had a lot of complications but finally at a little over 31 weeks delivered
her twins by C-section. Pictures of the placenta and ultrasound of the
vasa previa are included with her story.
Molly Rose | Kate and Steve
Kate was nine days overdue when she had some "bloody
show". She was in pre-labor for two and a half days until she finally progressed
to 9 cms. It was during an internal exam that the midwife "had felt something
she had never felt before". Molly rose was born via emergency cesarean
section with low Apgar scores and after a short stay in NICU recovered fairly quickly
and is now doing well.
Jesse | Eric and Sara
Sara shares a wonderful story of prenatal diagnosis and good management by a wonderful
team of health care professionals. Thanks to everyone's efforts and vigilance Jesse was safely born.
Maxwell David | Nicole
On September 4, 2005 Nicole and her husband were
heartbroken by the loss of their baby, Max. He was born early and had vasa previa
which was never looked for despite bleeding throughout her pregnancy. Max was
with them for three wonderful hours before he passed on.
Preston Reid | Sarah
Sarah had an uneventful pregnancy until one evening during
her 39th week she started bleeding. Her care provider told her it was normal
and had her go back to sleep until her water broke early that morning. She continued
to bleed heavily throughout the next 7 hours until Preston Reid was born via
c-section. Despite being pale at birth the delivering doctor released him and
it is only because of a diligent nurse that he ended up in NICU and got the
very needed transfusion.
Koby David | Kristy Anderson
Kristy was in the hospital with preterm labor when her vasa previa ruptured.
Luckily she had been prenatally diagnosed with vasa previa and her doctor's
quick action saved Koby's life.
Zoë | Tanja Apeldoorn
Tanja lost her mucus plug on her due date. After four days of heavy and
exhausting contractions, and heavy blood loss on the fourth day, the doctors
decided to do something. Her water bag was artificially broken and labour was
being induced. In the meantime, Tanja lost one and a half liter of blood. Zoë
came into the world healthy. The placenta appeared to be very special: A cobweb
of veins which were crossing her membranes: velamentous cord insertion. The fact that
Zoë survived may be called a miracle.
Bailey | Lesley & Darren Appleyard
Lesley had an uneventful first pregnancy with low lying placenta diagnosed at
her 19th week. One day after her due date she was "stretched and sweeped" by her
midwife. The next morning the pop she felt was heavy bleeding. She went straight
to the hospital where they performed an emergency C-section. Bailey was born
with a very low heartbeat. He needed a blood transfusion and remained in SCBU for
12 days. He fought hard but he made it and is now thriving, a gorgeous, happy,
smiling miracle baby.
Tyler John | Brett and Julie and Austin
Julie was two weeks overdue after a completely uneventful pregnancy and in
the process of being induced when her membranes ruptured, rupturing Tyler's vasa
previa. Twenty-five minutes later, intense resuscitation efforts brought
him back. He spent two weeks in the NICU before coming home with his very
thankful and very lucky parents.
Madison Sue | Elsbeth Baker
Elsbeth was in the hospital when her membranes were artificially broken which
caused one of her baby's vessel to rupture. Within 12 minutes afterwards
Madison Sue was born by emergency C-section. After 17 minutes of resuscitation
she started breathing again. She had a rough start: her kidneys and liver were
not functioning, her brain was swollen and she had seizures. But with Gods help
she made it through and was sent home only 4 days after she was born and to this
day, she's developing normally and seems to be completely enjoying the life she
has been given.
Victoria Grace | Barbara Bellas
Barbara had a normal pregnancy with no symptoms.
She's had a low lying placenta that corrected itself. After a minor car
accident at about 30 weeks something told her to request another ultrasound
and her vasa previa was diagnosed at that time. She went on modified bed
rest and began to get weekly sonograms and stress tests. Victoria was
born at 36 weeks and got her name from her victory over this otherwise heartbreaking
Kade - Myra le Blanc
At 28 weeks Myra started bleeding profoundly. She rushed into the hospital
already having contractions. At the hospital they managed to stop the
contractions and the vasa previa was discovered. She was then hospitalized for
six weeks. At 33 weeks and 6 days Kade was born by C-section. He was put on a
ventilator and stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for 6 days, and then
released to come home. Today he is a completely healthy boy.
Ashtyn - Vanessa Blythe
Vanessa went to the hospital at 41,5 weeks pregnancy because she hadn't
dilated. The OB gave her a cervadil tablet on my cervix to help her dilate.
When he broke her water and pushed her stomach to help the water get out the
nigaspxare began, her daughter Ashtyn lost 80% of her blood, because of vasa
previa. After an emergency C-section the little girl was born without breathing.
She was resuscitated and got a blood transfusion, which saved her life. After a
scary period of time Ashtyn now is a healthy two year old who is absolutely
Sterling - Melonie Bolling
Melonie was induced at 41 weeks when her water was artificially broken.
Because of the blood loss and the disappearing of the heartbeat the doctors
performed an emergency C-section. Sterling was born lifeless. After a blood
transfusion and one-and-a-half hours of CPR, she started breathing. They took
her home after 11 days in the hospital. She is a completely healthy and
energetic girl now.
Benet Ward - Marty
This lucky little miracle baby survived undiagnosed vasa
previa, after enduring a rupture during Thanksgiving dinner. He is one
of the very few babies to survive a rupture at home.
Ava James Elizabeth
- Julia and Andrew Britten
Julia had a feeling that something was wrong throughout
her pregnancy even though her care providers insisted everything was fine. The
plan was to wait for her water to break at which time she would deliver via
c-section. Following her c-section she was diagnosed with vasa previa, luckily
Ava James Elizabeth was born safe and sound.
Gosse ^i^ - Jolanda Brons
Jolanda had a picture perfect pregnancy. An ultrasound at 35 weeks showed a
healthy little boy. At 38,5 weeks she lost her mucus plug and went to sleep. The
morning afterwards she started bleeding a lot. She was rushed to the hospital
where the OB performed a C-section. Jolanda's membranes were covered with veins,
the doctors told them it was a severe case of vasa previa.
Gosse was born with no heartbeat but was resuscitated. His organs started to
fail though and the next day they had to let him go. He died in their arms very
Maryn Asheigh ~
Concerned about delivering the twins she was carrying in
a hospital without a NICU, Catherine switched doctors. Still, after months
of bleeding, ultrasounds, and medications for preterm labor, Maryn's vasa previa
was not diagnosed until after birth.
Caleb William ~ Lisa
When Lisa's water had broken everything seem to be normal.
Thankfully a vigilant nurse had noticed what initially seemed like a prolapsed
cord but turned out to be undiagnosed vasa previa. Caleb was born shortly afterwards
at 32 weeks and 5 days via emergency c-section. Despite some initial complications
he is doing well at keeping his parents busy keeping him out of trouble.
^i^ - Shannon and Erik Cobb
Shannon had a perfect pregnancy until her water broke.
By the time she got to the hospital Sydney was gone. Shannon was induced
and gave birth to her baby girl 16 hours later. There was no noise in the
delivery room of a baby crying or a family rejoicing like there should have
been, just silence. Undiagnosed velamentous cord insertion and vasa previa had
robbed another family.
Patrick - Leeanne Crisante
Leeanne's first problem with vasa previa occurred when her son Patrick was
born. She thought she was having a perfect pregnancy. Everything went
wrong when she was two weeks overdue and they decided to induce with hormone
jell and her water broke. This is only part of what happened. Read her
story to get an idea what happened during her son's delivery.
Sandy and Randy Cunningham
Sandy had a perfectly uneventful pregnancy. Until
she reached 35 weeks and her undiagnosed vasa previa ruptured. Kyrsten
still had a heartbeat when Sandy arrived at the hospital. Her heartbeat
stopped while they were doing an ultrasound and Sandy was rushed into surgery.
Kyrsten was born still. Velamentous cord insertion was noted at delivery.
The hardest thing Sandy and Randy ever had to do was plan their daughter's
Thomas ^i^ - Kristy
Thomas had undiagnosed velamentous cord insertion which
took his life. He sadly passed away 2 days before he was delivered.
He will always be loved and forever missed.
Lyla Grace - Gina
Lyla was born on October 25, 2005
at 2:28 PM. She weighed in at 6 pounds and was 19 and 3/4 inches long.
Her mother, Gina, was fortunate in that she was prenatally diagnosed and after
several second opinions was hospitalized and delivered at 35 weeks. Here
is her amazing story.
^i^ - Marlou van Dijck
Marlou's water had been broken for 31 hours when she was to be
induced in the hospital, because there were no contractions.
When the doctor brought in an internal pressure catheter, to measure the
intensity of the contractions, a gulf of blood came out of her vagina. 15
Minutes later the operation room was ready so they did an emergency C-section.
Julia was born lifeless and the 17 minutes of resuscitation were not successful.
She never lived outside Marlou's belly.
Alyssa Lee - Sheryl
and Richard DiMaria
Alyssa Lee was diagnosed prenatally at 18 weeks by a level
2 ultrasound and delivered via a scheduled c-section at 36 weeks. Her parents
are very thankful to have Alyssa Lee with them.
Stewart - Tim and Kristy Edwards
Jack was diagnosed prenatally and was delivered at the
very early age of 32 weeks due to preterm labor. His parents feel
extremely fortunate to have been diagnosed.
Sophia ^i^ - Beth and Teymour Farman-Farmaian
Beth had what appeared to be a perfectly normal pregnancy. At first she had a
low lying placenta but it grew upwards, away from the cervix. The doctors did
not seem to worried and did not examine it for VP. Her water broke on December
1, 2002 at 4:30 am. We saw the "bloody show" and the doctors told us to come
in. We arrived at 6:05am, and our baby was diagnosed with a low heart rate at
6:12am. She was delivered via C section at 6:31am, not breathing. She was
revived and died at 9:30 am on December 3, in her mother's arms.
Lillie Rose -
Lillie Rose Frederick was born on June 2, 2005. She
weighed in at 5 lbs., 7 oz at birth. She was 18 inches
long. Darcie was being induced when her vasa
previa ruptured. She was undiagnosed. Things went terribly wrong right away. Lillie was
born by emergency C-section and wasn't expected to live. Here is her
James Edward ^i^ - Jo Gadd
Jo had 3 unexplained bleedings during her 41 weeks of pregnancy. She was in the
hospital to be induced when the midwife felt something like blood vessels. The
registrar did not feel them though and said it was fine to induce. After 3 hours
of waiting for the contractions to start, Jo felt fluid gushing out of her which
appeared to be blood. An emergency C-section was performed and James Edward was
born with only a faint heartbeat. He was resuscitated but his organs did not
function as they should, he was thought to have suffered brain damage and there
were internal bleedings. His parents did not want him to suffer anymore and they
switched off life support. Wrapped in a blanket they took him outside and said
goodbye to him in the sunshine.
^i^ - Kara Giammarino
Kara had a dream 3-1/2 hour labor and delivery with Ella. They were
elated when the OBGYN said that it was a girl. Then their worst nigaspxare
began. Ella wasnt crying and looked very pale. The OBGYN said that she was a
little pale but would be fine. The nurses took Ella to the nursery. Kara's
husband knew right away that something was wrong. Ella was very anemic and
needed a transfusion. Later the neonatologist told them that it didnt look
like Ella was going to make it and that they should say goodbye. Kara and
her husband held their daughter for a long time and told her how much they loved
her. Their hearts break for her everyday and they'll never understand how this
healthy, beautiful little girl could be taken from them.
^i^ - Victoria Goldstein
Victoria had a marginal placenta previa which disappeared during her
pregnancy. She had asked for a color Doppler but the doctor refused. Two days
before her due date she lost 300cc of blood and went to the hospital, she was
sent home. On her due date she started bleeding profusely and when she got to
the hospital the nurse could not find a heartbeat. Victoria was induced and
Sophie Isabelle was born still, probably because of vasa previa.
Shefali - Suma and Vikram Gopal
Maya Shefali Gopal was born on April 3,
2003 at 12:48AM. She was blue. Her APGARs were 3 and 5. Things did not look
good. She lost a significant amount of blood due to a rare condition called
vasa previa. After many tears, prayers, and emotion, Maya was discharged 16
days later. Thankfully by the grace of God, Maya is a healthy,
intelligent, normal little girl.
Its often said that awareness is everything
when it comes to vasa previa. Still, advocating for yourself is scary!
But Meri did it and now little Noah is home safe and sound. This is a
story of the value of prenatal diagnosis.
Szymon Grzegorz - Samanta Haduch
Doctors here in Poland are checking for vasa previa
and any other pathology so that Polish women
can feel safe. USG is usually done 3-4 times even when everything is
ok. The doctor who diagnosed my vasa previa told me about the
International Vasa Previa Foundation (IVPF). I hope you read more stories like
mine - with a happy ending.
^i^ - Jeremy and Mandy Hall
Amanda had a picture perfect pregnancy.
After having contractions for some time the doctor decided to break her water. Even though
large quantities of blood were present the doctor insisted that she proceed
with a vaginal delivery. Connor James was born with a weak pulse and not enough
blood in him to start a transfusion. He passed away an hour later.
^i^ - John and Dawn Haley
John and Dawn were in a restaurant when she discovered she was
bleeding profoundly. They hurried to the hospital. The baby's heart rate was
high, so the doctors thought all was well. They wasted 20 minutes before they
decided to do an emergency C-section. John Robert was born white, without
blood. After 25 minutes of resuscitation they brought him back.
The damage to his internal organs was too severe however - he passed away 2
days later as organ after organ began to seize or create problems for other
- Kristin Hardy
Right from the beginning, once Krstin found
out she was pregnant with Nathan she had a horrible feeling that something was
wrong. Her intuition was confirmed at the 21 week ultrasound when she was diagnosed
with a succenturiate lobe and partial Placenta Previa. Even though she was hospitalized
from 32 weeks she had to fight to stay there. Nathan was born via a scheduled
c-section at 35 weeks and 5 days. He spent 9 days in NICU and is now a happy,
healthy little boy.
Cheyenne - Dana Henson
Dana's midwife found out she had VP when she was at the hospital in labor and
had 8 cm dilation. They did an immediate C-section and Cheyenne was born. She
had to be in the NICU for a week and is now very healthy.
Kayla ^i^ - Melissa
and Ronald Hetrick
Ultrasounds had shown a perfectly healthy baby.
On November 7, 2003 Melissa was in labor when her vasa previa ruptured.
Kayla was resuscitated. Four days later she died as a result of
undiagnosed vasa previa.
Emma - Minnie and
Minnie ruptured at home and rushed to the hospital
immediately where doctors were barely able to save Emma. Emma has suffered
brain damage, but that is the least of Minnie's worries. Right now they
just want to bring Emma home from the hospital.
Layne - James and Sarah Johnson
To everyone's surprise Sarah had velamentous cord
insertion that was undiagnosed until after Parker was born. This was a
moment Sarah will never forget.
Will - Deloris Johnson
Deloris had several ultrasounds to
check on her baby during her pregnancy. She was diagnosed with gestational
and high blood pressure. While being induced at 39 weeks and 4 days, she
followed her instincts: since her baby's heartbeat
was dropping at each contraction she had the nurse call the doctor. After an
emergency C-section because of fetal distress, her
son Will was born healthy. The doctor told her that her
son's cord was only 8 inches and there was a
velamentous cord insertion. If her water would have broken her son would
probably not be here today.
^i^ - Laura Keeping
Laura was diagnosed with Placenta Previa at
16 weeks but at 30 weeks the placenta had cleared the cervix. At 41 weeks she
thought her water broke but there was only blood. 15 Minutes later they arrived
at the hospital and an emergency C-section was done. Jesse was born still.
They tried to get blood into Jesse's veins but they had all collapsed and they
could not get the IV in.
- Angela and Jon Kelley
Angela had an uneventful pregnancy. When the
Dr. broke Angela's water she started to bleed. Harrison was delivered via an
emergency c-section and after some time in NICU was introduced to his mother.
He is a thriving young boy with no medical problems.
^i^ - Meredith
and Stephen Kirby
Meredith was 41 weeks pregnant when one day blood was gushing out. She was
rushed to the hospital by ambulance. The baby's heartbeat could no be found.
Meredith was induced and delivered Charlotte vaginally. After the placenta was
born the midwifes conclusion was confirmed. Charlotte had died because of vasa previa.
Sean Charles - Ben
and Lesley Koth
A vasa previa birth the way it should happen! Lucky
little Sean was prenatally diagnosed with vasa previa and his mother was
hospitalized at 30 weeks. Sean was born at 34 weeks by C-section and is
happy and healthy today.
^i^ - Mike and Amanda Krznaric
Mike and Amanda lost their precious daughter Katarina to
undiagnosed vasa previa in July 2006. They were shocked to discover afterwards
the total lack of awareness about this condition in the medical community.
They will never stop missing their angel.
Julian Nepomuk Kroft Nilsson
^i^ - Jennifer Kroftova and Sonja Nilsson
After a picture perfect pregnancy Julian was born via emergency c-section without heartbeat and immense loss of blood. He was resuscitated, in the 9th minute his heartbeat came back. 10 weeks hospital and 10 weeks at home, that was all the time Jennifer and Sonja could spent with their little prince.
Cole Robert MacKay
- Rachel Knapp
Rachel was initially diagnosed with vasa previa at 27 weeks.
Cole was born at 35 weeks via scheduled c-section. He strated out on an IV and
a breathing machine and fought his way through feeding a breathing issues. Cole
is now doing well. His parents are greatful for their vasa previa diagnosis
and their miracle baby.
Taylor Katharine - Dave
and Karen Kunka
During her second pregnancy Karen was diagnosed with vasa
previa at her 20wk ultrasound. Information shared on this website and through
the email support group gave her the confidence and knowledge to ask questions
as needed and to do whatever was needed to bring their little girl in to the
Sarah Alice - Ilona Kuss
Ilona was talked into a C-section by her OB purely on the basis of her age.
Sarah was a miracle baby in more ways than one. Guess what they found!
^i^ - Demetris and Antonio Leach
Khalil was born still after a relatively uneventful pregnancy.
His mother had placenta previa during the pregnancy, but it moved up out of
the way allowing for a vaginal birth. If only this important risk factor
had been followed up with transvaginal color Doppler ultrasound Khalil would
be here today. Instead, Kahlil's vasa previa ruptured at home more than
a week before his due date. There was no heartbeat when Demetris and Antonio
arrived at the hospital.
Luca - Suzy LeCarpentier
Suzy found out she had placenta previa at 20 weeks and
started to have some show at 6 months. She was subsequently hospitalized for
the duration of her pregnancy but was about to be released 4 weeks later following
a normal scan showing the placenta previa had remodeled higher up. As she was
filling out the release paperwork her care provider called her back just to
"double check" something and in the process diagnosed her vasa previa.
Her son Luca was born by cesarean section and is doing well.
Chase Michael -
Kristen and James Lewis
Kristen was looking forward to a normal delivery.
What she got was anything but normal. Undiagnosed vasa previa very nearly
took Chase's life right then and there. Their doctors were amazed he lived
saying that God must have something special in store for their baby boy because
it was such a miracle that he lived through his delivery.
Anthony - Rosie Long
As with so many cases of vasa previa, Anthony's was not diagnosed until after
his birth. He had a very rough start and has many challenges ahead.
It is a miracle he survived at all!
^i^ - Nelly Malek
Marks expected due date was July 7th, 2005. Nellys pregnancy was uneventful however on Jul y 5th things turned for the worst. Nelly experienced bleeding overnight. Paramedics were called and Nelly was taken to the hospital. Nelly was told that she would have a long labor a head of her and encouraged to walk around. Next time she was connected to the monitor Marks heart rate was low. Nelly was rushed in for a c-section. Mark had lost a lot of blood and went into cardiac arrest. Machines where keeping Mark alive and if he lived he would have brain damage. Mark was taken off life support and passed away in Nellys arms. Vasa Previa was the diagnosis for Marks death.
Keira Aine - Lydia and Kevin McEvoy
Lydia's vasa previa was diagnosed at 24
weeks, after a low-lying placenta was noted at 20 week ultrasound. She was
transferred to a high risk OB and steroid injections were given at 25 weeks and
bed rest prescribed. She followed a modified activity/bed rest schedule until 34
weeks, with bi-weekly Doppler ultrasound scans. Keira was born at 34 weeks, 1
day weighing 5 lbs 13 oz at 34 weeks 3 days. She had very few "preemie"
problems and is very happy and healthy now.
^i^ - Lori McLaughlin
After a perfect pregnancy Lori thought her water broke, but her
legs were covered with blood. On the way to the hospital she did not feel any
movement, but thought her baby could be saved. The doctor could not find a
heartbeat. A sonogram confirmed that their baby had died. Ashleigh Jordan was
delivered by C-section.
^i^ - Ronda Martin
Ronda was in the hospital when she was induced, 5 days before her
due date. At the toilet she noticed a large amount of blood but the doctors did
not even check the amount. When her water broke and blood came out together with
blood cloths the doctor performed an emergency C-section. Within 6 minutes K.C.
was born lifeless. They resuscitated her and she was brought back to life, but
she never opened her eyes. 2 Days later her body died too...
Kaylee Marjorie -
Kaylee was born 12-08-2003 at 37 weeks. Her mother
had been admitted to the hospital to have labor induced because of pregnancy
induced hypertension. Suddenly she was being rushed into surgery.
After 3 weeks in the NICU Erin came home and is now healthy and happy.
Beck - Tiffany McCunn
At 36 weeks and 2 days gestation Tiffany awoke to find
herself bleeding. Her husband quickly called 911. Thanks to some quick thinking
paramedics Tiffany was taken to a hospital with a level 3 NICU unit where Elizabeth
was born having suffered 40% blood loss. She was fighting against the odds during
her first few days. After 7 days she came home and is now a thriving baby.
Maggie Louise -
Jamie and Michael McMullan
There are so many what if's! Maggie survived
undiagnosed vasa previa that ruptured when Jamie was being induced. Due to
the awareness and instant action of their midwife and the rest of the medical
staff, lucky Maggie survived.
Emily - Nicola
Nicola had an uneventful pregnancy, till 38
weeks, when she experienced large blood loss with a clot the size of an egg. In
the hospital they examined her and was sent home again. After another blood loss
she was admitted again. The Registrar wanted to break her membranes to start
labour. Luckily Nicola decided that she did not want that. The next day she was
examined again followed by an emergency C-section, because the consultant
Gynaecologist had felt a rough cervix. The diagnosis vasa previa was set
afterwards, when the placenta was examined. Luckily Emily did not suffer any
blood loss and is a healthy little three year old now.
Rebekah - Marya Mesa
Marya was diagnosed with Vasa Previa at the beginning of her 3rd trimester.
She was hospitalized for two weeks before delivering her baby. She had an
amniocentesis at 36 weeks to check on the baby's lung functionality. Rebekah was
born at 37 weeks after a scheduled C-section. Because of breathing problems she
stayed in NICU for 2 weeks. She is a bit behind on her development but she is
Mariella - Mike and Cindy Mesaros
Julia was born on May 11, 2007 by emergency C-section
after her undiagnosed vasa previa ruptured while Cindy was being induced.
Julia required a blood transfusion, a few days in the NICU and is now home and a
very happy, healthy baby.
(Ziggy) ^i^ - Christie Michie
Christie had an uneventful pregnancy. Until her
vasa previa ruptured. Ziggy was resuscitated but died less than a day
later - in his parents arms.
Julia and Catherine
^i^ ^i^ - Angela and Phil
Angela was finally admitted at 37 weeks and 6 days to be
induced as she had protein in her water and raised blood pressure. She was given an
internal gel to soften her cervix , but after two days of gel they decided they could
break her waters. After some unsuccessful attempts the doctor broke her water and
attached a scalp monitor to Catherine's head. She was then hooked up to a drip, to speed
her contractions up, and had an
epidural sited. Once the
epidural was in place they could not locate Catherine's heart trace. Angela was bleeding bright red
blood. An ultrasound machine confirmed that both of the babies were death. They
were delivered vaginally. They diagnosed vasa previa after the placenta
Alfonso Giovanni Charles
^i^ - Laura and Marcello
Like so many other vasa previa mums, Laura had a
perfect pregnancy. She and her husband were overjoyed when they discovered she
was pregnant. She knew she was pregnant even before she saw the positive test
result. They were both so delighted they cried. They had been married for
only 3 months.
None of Alfonso's family ever saw him alive. He was born by emergency
C-section and lived only 22 minutes. Laura
finds it terribly difficult to take in the fact he is not
here when she carried him for 9 months with no symptoms or warning signs at all.
She and her husband feel robbed, hurt, and confused. They plan to have
more children; but Alfie, as Laura's Dad had already started to call him before
he was born, will never be replaced. Ever.
Jan Rudolph - Margot Morshuis (in Dutch)
Margot had a bleeding at 7 and 13 weeks gestation, but the babies heart was
still beating. An ultrasound at 22 and 36 weeks showed no problems. On her due
date Margot went to the hospital and during an examination her midwife felt a
knot on the membranes. She artificially broke the membranes far away from the
knot and Margot's miracle son was born safely. The vasa previa was discovered
after the placenta was born.
Claire Elizabeth - Susan Mulligan
Susan was diagnosed with vasa previa by Dr. Harris Finberg at 17 weeks
gestation. At 24 weeks, she was admitted to a local hospital for the duration of
her pregnancy. She received steroids at 26 and 32 weeks gestation. At 34 weeks
gestation, she had an amniocentesis to test for fetal lung maturity. The results
were positive so Claire was delivered by C-section two hours after they got the
results. She came home 11 days later and is developing very well ever since.
McNeill - Jacqueline Mullikin
Jacqueline was in the hospital to be induced. The doctor examined her and
broke her water, after which she lost a huge amount of blood. An emergency
C-section was performed and McNeill's blood was completely transfused. For 3
days the doctors were unable to say if he would make it but he did! After 2 and
a halve weeks of NICU he was released from the hospital. Jacqueline's miracle
son is developing completely normal ever since.
Colton - Jennifer Munson
Colton Ryan was
born weighing in at a healthy 6 lbs. 14 oz. on June 18th, 2004 after
6 long weeks in the hospital due to having prenatally diagnosed vasa previa.
But, because she was prenatally diagnosed, Colton is
one of those rare vasa previa miracles.
^i^ - Kristie Narango
Kristie had a very difficult pregnancy with bleeding in the first trimester
and hospital admittance because of dehydration. When she was 38 weeks pregnant
she felt no more movement and went to the hospital. Jakob was no longer
alive. Kristie was induced and Jakob Daniel Narango was born still. He had died
when he dropped into the pelvis; the pressure of his head cut off his lifeline.
Miles Preston - Chris and Tiffany Naylor
Tiffany was diagnosed with placenta previa at 20 weeks. At 33 weeks she woke
up to find a lot of blood and rushed to the hospital. After several bleeding
episodes and 5 days they performed a Color Doppler and found out the vasa
previa. An emergency C-section was performed and Miles Preston was born at 34
weeks and 2 days. He had some problems and stayed in NICU for two weeks but he's
home with Chris and Tiffany now and they're all fine and very happy together!
^i^ - Meagan and Michael Newstead
Meagan had an uneventful pregnancy, up until the very end
that is. She was being induced when her water broke and Jemma died.
Even though Jemma was born 10 minutes later it was too late. Her parents
Lily - Janine and David O'Brien
Janine was prenatally diagnosed and hospitalized after
some bleeding at at 30 weeks. Lily was anemic at birth which took place 4
weeks later, but today is doing very well. Her parents are grateful for
the expert care they received.
Kyle ^i^ - Colleen O'Gara
Colleen had some spotting around 14 weeks and an ultrasound
showed an accessory lobe, but a few weeks later it wasn't visible anymore. At
28 weeks she had a heavy bleeding and went to the hospital where they managed to
stop the contractions and kept a close eye on the baby's heartbeat. At 36 weeks
Colleen thought her water broke but there was only blood. They rushed into the
hospital where they performed an emergency C-section. The doctors managed to
bring Kyle back to life but he was 99% brain dead. Colleen and her husband
decided to let him go in peace the same day.
^i^ - Eus
and Amenze Otte
Amenze was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant when her water broke. Eus and Amenze
went to the hospital for a checkup but were sent home again because there were
no contractions yet. All appeared fine. That night Amenze went to the bathroom
and discovered a huge amount of blood. An ambulance transported them to the
hospital where they could not find a heartbeat. A few hours later Eru was born
naturally. They found out about the vasa previa afterwards.
Emilia Rose Antonia - Lisa and Antony Paine
Emilia was born safely, as a direct consequence of prenatal
diagnosis of vasa previa at the 20-week ultrasound scan. At 24 weeks, Lisa
suffered a fairly serious bleed and was admitted to hospital. Luckily the
bleeding stopped but Lisa was advised to stay in hospital for the rest of the
pregnancy. The weeks passed by and, although they worried at times, they managed to
stay calm and we had no further problems. Emilia was delivered safely by
C-section at 38 weeks, thanks to prenatal diagnosis and a successfully managed
^i^ - Cindy Paris
After an uneventful, full term pregnancy Cindy woke up thinking
there was something wrong. She reached out and found her hand covered with
blood. At the hospital they saw her baby's heartbeat dropping and then
disappearing. An emergency C-section was performed. Nathan was aggressively
revived but was extremely ill. He was transferred to a children's´
hospital. His condition was very bad and all of his organs were shutting
down. They took him off life support and he died in his mother's arms.
Carlyne Rachel - Bob and Debi Pederson
Debi had a bleeding at 8 weeks and the doctors discovered an extra lobe on
the placenta, but nothing to worry about. At 36 ½ weeks she discovered a large
amount of blood. 12 Days later she started bleeding again. At the hospital, she
thought her water broke but it was blood. Her nurse couldn't find a heartbeat.
After an emergency C-section and 15 minutes of resuscitation Carlyne started
breathing again. She stayed in NICU for 2 weeks and is now developing as a
Jeanne Rose -
Karen was diagnosed with a bilobed placenta and
vasa previa at 24 weeks. She repeatedly visited the hospital because she had
contractions from 24 till 32 weeks. The doctors were able to stop them but the
contractions kept coming back. Finally, at 32 weeks she was admitted and that
really was a good thing! At 33,5 weeks Karen's water broke and she started to
bleed profusely. A C-section was performed immediately and Jeanne Rose was born
healthy. Apparently the placenta had sunk downwards and had safely covered
Jeanne's veins. Karen seemed to have lost 1000 ml of blood. If it had been
Jeanne's she would never have lived to tell.
Anden - Terri Phillips
It was Terri's 5th pregnancy. She and her Jason had had three children
(two surviving) and a miscarriage. Then Terri was diagnosed with vasa
previa. She spent the remaining weeks of her pregnancy fighting to save
her son's life and trying desperately to believe that God would not take another
child from her.
Jaci - Marc
and Ginger Philpot
Ginger was diagnosed with a low lying placenta and a bi-lobed
placenta. She was in the hospital being induced when the OB artificially broke
her water. The baby lost 80% of her blood and was delivered 13 minutes later
via C-section. Luckily Jaci could be revived and after 6 days in the hospital
she could go home with her proud parents.
Ethan Mitchell -
Wendy and Adam Portnoff
By chance Wendy recieved a sonogram at 38 ½ weeks
after which her care providers suggested she be induced. Complications developed
after rupture of membranes and little Ethan was born shortly after via emergency
c-section. Ethan, a fighter from the very beginning, is now a beautiful healthy
boy ready to "conquer the world, his way"
Peyton ^i^ - Kara and Nick Ragsdale
Kara had a complicated pregnancy with a lot of worries.
Even getting pregnant had to be assisted with drugs. After several
ultrasounds she was diagnosed with vasa previa at 16 weeks by her obstetrician.
The next week she went to a specialist for another ultrasound to follow-up but
the specialist could not see the vasa previa and told Kara she didn't have it.
But Kara DID have vasa previa. Being once again undiagnosed, Peyton
ruptured and died.
Lauren Emilee -
After one year of trying, Christi's doctor put her on
Clomid. She conceived right away. The pregnancy was originally a
twin pregnancy, but Christi lost one of the babies to miscarriage at 6 weeks.
She was diagnosed with velamentous cord insertion and vasa previa at 16
weeks. Support and information from the IVPF helped Christi and her doctor
form a successful management plan. Christi delivered Lauren by scheduled
C-section at 35 weeks after spending 3 weeks in the hospital. Lauren is
perfectly healthy. Her parents feel so fortunate that Christi was
prenatally diagnosed. Lauren is truly their little miracle!
Harper Maria - Julianna and John Rhodes
Julianna had an uneventful pregnancy. Up until her
vasa previa ruptured. Harper required aggressive rescusitation efforts and
numerous blood transfusions to survive. But survive she did. Thank
goodness Julianna was already in hospital when she ruptured.
Matthew Thomas - Jenni
and Dave Rowe
A real miracle! Jenni was prenatally diagnosed with
vasa previa at 36 weeks but her consultants decided to send her home, scheduling
a C-section for the next week. Jenni ruptured 2 days later.
Miraculously Matthew survived the trip to the hospital and is growing up healthy
Isabella Marie Russo
- Tara Herbert
Tara was lucky enough to be prenatally diagnosed with
vasa previa. Still, her doctors didn't know much about it and Tara had to
research the information herself. Thankfully, the IVPF had already done a
grand rounds on vasa previa at the hospital where she was to be hospitalized and
delivered. Packets of IVPF information floated around the hospital during
Tara's stay and her case was of great interest to the staff. Isabella was
born without any complications.
Kayla Arianna - Lacy
and Fernando Rozo
Lacy had an uneventful pregnancy up until her undiagnosed
vasa previa ruptured. Kayla's family was told to say their goodbyes but
she surprised them all. She's had a hard life full of surgery after surgery,
medications, and endless therapy, but she is well loved and cherished.
Jack James ^i^
- Trevor and Rebecca Rough
Rebecca had an uneventful pregnancy. One evening she began
experience progressively worsening pains (not contractions) and as she got up
to go to the hospital her water broke with large quantities of blood mixed in.
By the time they reached the hospital and delivered Jack via an emergency c-section
it was too late. Jack is dearly missed.
Max ^i^ - Aimee and Billy Rye
In her 36th week of pregnancy, Aimee woke up from a nap and noticed she
of what later seemed to be vasa previa. Her husband rushed her into the hospital
and after hearing a faint heartbeat the doctors performed an emergency
C-section. Max was born without a heartbeat but was resuscitated and it seemed
to Aimee that everything would be all right. But the neurologist told
her and her husband
had severe brain damage. So severe, that he would never know us, know our love
for him and would never be able to breath on his own.
Aimee and Billy made the hardest decision in their lives. After 9 hours in his
parent's arms and after meeting the rest of the family,
Max went in peace.
Henry Cameron ^i^ - Daren and Natalie Samat
Daren and Natalie longed for
a baby for a long time. They underwent various fertility treatments over a period
of 4 years. Eventually they tried in-vitro fertilization treatment. The
were successful on the first try! Though Natalie had risk factors for
it, undiagnosed vasa praevia robbed them of their beautiful baby boy, their
first child. They will never be the same again. They miss him desperately
and wish that one of the medical staff treating us had had the foresight to
scan her for this condition.
Aneisha - Cherie
Aneisha was diagnosed prenatally at 15 weeks and was delivered
via an unscheduled c-section at 36 weeks. Aneisha initially needed some oxygen
but recovered well and is now a beautiful baby girl like any other.
Allison Marie ^i^
- John and Kristy Schryver
Kristy had a uneventful pregnancy. In the ninth month she woke up one morning to a gushing sensation. It turned out to be blood that eventually slowed to a spotting by the time they arrived at the hospital. Kristy had undiagnosed vasa previa but was sent home after some observation. By the time they would arrive back at the hospital again it was too late. Even though she never breathed a breath of air in this world Allison has made a difference in the lives of many people.
Tyler - Tonya and Brian Smith
Tyler was one of those undiagnosed rare survivors of vasa previa. The
first child of Tonya and Brian Smith, he had to be resuscitated for 15 minutes.
It took 45 minutes to stabilize him and he had seizures among other desperate
problems. His family prepared for the worst. Miraculously today this
little guy is happy and healthy.
Myriam Eleonorec - SueSie
SueSie had a tragic history of pregnancy loss that included s
Syndrome. In February 2002 she was pregnant again.
Unfortunately she also had vasa previa. SueSie was told to go back to the
hospital at 36 weeks for delivery. Instead she went home and researched
vasa previa. After contacting the IVPF, SueSie went back to the hospital
and insisted on hospitalization. Thank goodness she did! Myriam was
born by emergency C-section at 34 weeks. Today she is healthy and happy.
Sophia Maria - Thomas and Marie
After two weeks in the hospital Thomas and Marie's miracle baby finally came home.
Sophia had undiagnosed velamentous cord insertion. Her twin sister
Gabriella didn't. Sophia had a rocky start. Today she is doing
everything just like her sister. Her family thanks God for her everyday and
couldn't imagine our life without her.
Grant Spencer -
Linda and Jeff Smithson
Linda was diagnosed with vasa previa at 28 weeks by
transvaginal color Doppler ultrasound. Grant was born 3 weeks later
weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces. He spent 6 weeks in the hospital before
^i^ - Kate and Holger Spill
The evening it all started Kate had had a bath and gone
to bed early. She woke up feeling a little strange and suddenly a huge amount of
blood gushed all over the bed. She thought her waters had broken and didn't
understand why there was so much blood. No-one had said there would be
blood........ They called an ambulance, went to hospital and she had a Caesarean
within the hour. Far too late for Tilo. He was aggressively resuscitated for 15
minutes before they got a heart beat. Kate and Holger had 38 hours with
their little darling Tilo before he died peacefully in their arms.
^i^ - Teresa
Cody was their 4th child. They were so excited. Teresa's water
broke, sending her to the hospital. The nurses called in her doctor as
they could not place the fetal monitor on Cody's head as something appeared to
be in the way. The doctor came in to do it and ruptured the vasa previa in
the process. Not being diagnosed, they didn't know it was there. An
emergency C-section was performed, but it was all sadly too late for Cody.
He never took a breath.
^i^ - Scott and
Jake was Jenna's first baby and in-vitro.
He suffered severe brain damage as a result of an undiagnosed velamentous cord
insertion rupture. He survived for three weeks. His parents were told
vasa previa is a fluke, and that even if they'd known about it, nothing could
have been done to save him. This is their story about bringing Jake into
the world and of letting him go. His parents miss him very much.
Mae ^i^ - Emma
Emma was 8 months pregnant when she had a big bleed at home. At the
hospital she lost a large amount of placenta. 3 Hours after the first blood loss
Jessica was born, by emergency C-section. Jessica was resuscitated and lived,
although her organs were failing due to lack of oxygen during delivery. She
lived for 8 days but her condition got worse. They took her off life-support and
she died in the arms of her daddy.
Jakob was born via emergency c-section due to a rupture of an undiagnosed vasa previa and
velamentous cord insertion. He fought hard for his life for the next few days and passed away in his mothers arms.
Tyra Dove Helen
Lambert-Tiboni - Melissa Tiboni
Melissa was prenatally diagnosed and in hospital when her
vasa previa ruptured, saving Tyra's life.
Santiago Villa Tonatiuh
- Laura Herrera and
Lucky little Santiago survived undiagnosed vasa previa.
Thank goodness Laura was in hospital being induced when she ruptured.
Quick action saved this little boy's life.
Kate was prenataly diagnosed with vasa previa at 19 weeks. At 30 weeks she checked into the local hospital.
Pine Wade was born via scheduled C-section on November 23, 2009. A week later he is making good progress in the NICU as his parents anxiously wait to taking him home.
Andrew - Karen and Tom Waldkirch
Andrew was born at full term on November 18th, 1986 by
crash C-section. He was an unlucky victim of the odds. He had
undiagnosed vasa previa and has been profoundly disabled from birth.
Andrews birth was both the most tragic and beautiful thing that has ever
happened in their lives.
Sarah - Meagan and Scott Watson
Meagan was prenatally diagnosed with vasa previa when she
was 20 weeks pregnant. She spent 10 weeks in the hospital and Sarah still
arrived unexpectedly at 34 weeks. Sarah is healthy and happy today because
of that precious diagnosis.
Kirstie - Carol Walker
It appeard Carol's would be a normal delivery. Things quickly
changed as Kirstie's heart beat rapidly dropped. She was born by emergency c-section
and despite almost a month away from her mother while in NICU and serious complications
Kirstie defied the odds. Over the past 18 years she has worked hard to overcome
many difficulties related to Carol's undiagnosed vasa previa and is now about
to graduate high school.
^i^ - Kathy Wendt
Kathy's doctor had said that she had a "picture perfect
pregnancy." At 40 weeks, her water broke at home. When she went
to the bathroom, she realized that it was blood. She called EMS, but when
they arrived, they did not treat it as an emergency. When she got to the hospital, the baby had a heart rate of 40 beats per minute.
She had an emergency C-section. Jacob was born basically brain dead.
Three days later, when his organs began failing, they took him off life
support and he passed away 10 minutes later.
William Charles - Gina Wilson
Gina was originally diagnosed with placenta previa at 19 weeks. By chance on one of the
followup ultrasounds she was seen by a Perinatologist who had noticed vasa previa, something missed on the other ultrasounds.
Thanks to this diagnosis William Charles was born via scheduled C-section at 35 weeks.
Tyler Anthony - Rhonda
Rhonda's vasa previa was not discovered till
after delivery. During induction Tyler's heartbeat dropped severely several
times. Rhonda and her husband were given the option of a C-section which they
gladly accepted. Tyler was born very healthy. "God was watching over us today",
the doctor said after delivery.
^i^ - Marleen en
Marleen was in the hospital, to be induced. After the doctor
inserted a pressure catheter to measure contractions, bloody amniotic fluid came
out. They hooked her up to a heart monitor, their baby's heartbeat was bad but
they did not take any action. Only after 1,5 hour they decided to do an
emergency C-section. Lisanne was born lifeless.
Marijn - Inge van der Wulp (in Dutch)
Inge's water broke after 35 weeks and 4 days pregnancy. Because there were no
contractions during 24 hours she was induced. When she was pushing her baby
Marijn out, his heartbeat dropped severely, but he came out fine. When the
placenta was delivered, doctors saw the velamentous insertion and the tear in
the membranes was very close to a vein. They were extremely lucky.