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Understanding Vasa Praevia

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In vasa praevia, some of the blood vessels between the fetus and placenta are located outside of the umbilical cord in the membranes surrounding the fetus, near the cervical opening. Following rupture of the membranes, these delicate vessels may tear, potentially causing fetal exsanguination.

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The blood vessels between the fetus and placenta (umbilical vessels) are usually contained in the umbilical cord. However, in vasa praevia, some of these umbilical vessels are instead located outside of the umbilical cord in the membranes surrounding the fetus, near the cervical opening. Following either spontaneous or artificial rupture of the membranes, these delicate vessels may tear, potentially causing fetal exsanguination. Vasa praevia often coexists with a velamentous insertion of the umbilical cord or a low-lying placenta. It is associated with a high perinatal mortality rate of over 60% if not detected before labour

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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27 Jul 2021
Easy to understand, good diagrams
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19 Jul 2021
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Maja kucera
17 Jul 2021
Explains vasa previa and Management of vasa previa
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19 Jul 2021
It was informative.
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19 Jul 2021
Easy understanding of a life threatening situation.
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