Placenta Previa Attorney
What Is Placenta Previa?
Placenta previa is a complication of pregnancy that is very dangerous to the baby and to the mother. Placenta previa occurs when the placenta implants over or close to the internal cervical os. The internal cervical os is the opening at the bottom of the uterus leading into the cervix. The cervix is shaped like a funnel, leading into the vagina. When the placenta is next to or covering the opening to the cervix, when the cervix dilates, the placenta may tear, causing bleeding or hemorrhage.
Placenta previa usually occurs during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and is a primary cause of vaginal bleeding in the second and third trimesters.
There are different types of placenta previa. Total placenta previa occurs when the internal cervical os is completely covered by the placenta. Partial placenta previa and marginal placenta previa occur when the internal os is partially covered or when the placenta is located at the margin of the cervical os.
Placenta previa is very dangerous because of the risk of uterine bleeding and disruption of blood flow to the baby. It can cause maternal hemorrhage, hypotension (low blood pressure), and tachycardia. Placenta previa must be carefully managed by medical providers to avoid potentially deadly complications to the mother and the baby.
If you had placenta previa during pregnancy and your baby has suffered an injury, you should determine whether the placenta previa caused the baby’s injury and whether that injury could have been prevented. Our birth injury attorneys are available to talk with you about these issues and provide you with information about your legal rights and the legal rights of your child. Call Birth Injury Lawyer Laura Brown at (214) 974-4121.