Anyone else had Placenta Acceretia (sp), where the placenta cannot be delivered and they must do it manually? I was curious to see if I was as alone as I feel with this issue. It happened with both of my pregnancies.

Marnie - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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The first delivery went OK, 36 weeks, but had to be scooped out like a pumpkin afterwards. Not a word to me what happened. Baby #2 showed up 15 months later 2 weeks early and delivery went ok again, but this time when they tried to remove the placenta a hell broke loose, I was rushed to emergency surgery, had 2 blood transfusions just to stop the bleeding. Again, no word from ANYONE who was caring for me told me what was going on! I looked up my issues when I got back to work and found out that the normal procedure for this is a complete hysterectomy! Why was I left in the dark? And was I more prone to this because it happened before? I'm so mad and sad I wasn't told what was happening to me.

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Kimberly - posted on 02/10/2009

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I've had no problems with my births, however I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 7 years.  Placenta accreta is when the placenta attaches to more that just the lining of the uterus(deeper into the uterine muscle).  Most instances I have seen with an accreta was it took alot of time and blood to get it out.  No hysterectomy needed. There are other instances called procreta or increta where the placenta attaches all the way through the uterus and can attach to another organ(ex. bladder) where you would have to have a hysterectomy.  That is really sad that no one explained what was going on.  Even in the most emergent situations a simple phrase of explanation could be done.  

Kate - posted on 02/10/2009

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I had a placenta previa for my second pregnancy. During the delivery which lasted 19 hours I bled to the point of were I should have blood transfusion (but I decided to get back to my normal blood level naturally with time which took me a good 7 weeks). I had a GREAT obs who monitored the delivery all along and spared me the C-section that I normally would have had with an obs wanting to schedule work in the delivery rooms more conveniently for themselves. I knew in advance about this "placenta previa" thanks to many ultrasound scans that followed the first one which spotted the pb. Then after birth the Obs checks the entire placenta for any missing parts as he did for the first pregnancy. and if there were any missing spots he manually gets them all out. Very unpleasant. But the best way to get things back to normal. Breast-feeding also is a great way to efficiently and naturally contract the uterus back to its normal size. I am stunned at the bad medical support and information you all had. I was explained right there at the hospital all about the pb's a woman can have if she returns home with pieces of placenta still in her womb. I think we should never feel ashamed to ASK the medical team whenever we have a doubt or lack of information about anything until we get an answer that we consider thourough enough. And if we can't have the answers we need : change of Doctor. There IS indeed a good difference of competence in the profession. PS : I live in France.

Simone - posted on 02/09/2009

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I haemoraged with my 1st born it wasn't very nice, i had the pumpkin treatment too! But my birth went fine and the placenta came out in one piece & the Dr's don't really know what happened but they think it was that my uterus stoped contracting and it filled with blood. With my 2nd born they gave me the drug they normaly use to enduce babies (can't remember the name!) as soon as baby was born to help my uterus contract more & all went well !! I'm due for my 3rd baby in 5weeks and they are going to do the same thing again as precaution.

Heather - posted on 02/09/2009

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Yes, I have had 4 children, 1st two almost same as you, they didn't know much in those days, sent home with 1st with only partial removal of placenta, had to go back months later for curette, 2nd one nearly bleed to death before they operated, 7 years later, had my 3rd son,& was the opposite, placenta Previa, (before scans) ruptured & both he & I nearly died, he is brain-damaged because of it, HOW-EVER, last child, a girl was perfectly normal.delivery, suggest you see your obs, tell them the problem, & have regular scans in any future pregs. Don't my experience scare you, scans can now spot this problem early & steps can be taken, but they need to know what to expect. suggest you discuss fully with yous obs as to what you can do

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Quoting Marnie:

Anyone else had Placenta Acceretia (sp), where the placenta cannot be delivered and they must do it manually? I was curious to see if I was as alone as I feel with this issue. It happened with both of my pregnancies.

The first delivery went OK, 36 weeks, but had to be scooped out like a pumpkin afterwards. Not a word to me what happened. Baby #2 showed up 15 months later 2 weeks early and delivery went ok again, but this time when they tried to remove the placenta a hell broke loose, I was rushed to emergency surgery, had 2 blood transfusions just to stop the bleeding. Again, no word from ANYONE who was caring for me told me what was going on! I looked up my issues when I got back to work and found out that the normal procedure for this is a complete hysterectomy! Why was I left in the dark? And was I more prone to this because it happened before? I'm so mad and sad I wasn't told what was happening to me.



i had the same on both of my pregnanices the hospital told me after my second child that i would proberly have the same problem if i was to have a theird baby.

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Elly - posted on 02/19/2013

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I just feel that Doctors arn't thorough enough and when something goes wrong we are kept in the dark, what they don't realise is that we suffer complications years later.

Elly - posted on 02/19/2013

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For the last 10 years l noticed a horrible smell from my vagina especially when l had my period. I saw many Doctors tried medications and then finally saw a Hospital Specialist.
I had Ultrasounds, Exrays and Internals, But still no explanation.
The odour was embarracing and affected my relationship.
It depressed me alot. doctors said it was Vaginisis, butl knew they were wrong.
Today Feb 20/2013 "12 yrs after the birth of my last child" l went to the toilet and suffered a mild cramp,
As l went to flush the toilet l noticed something unusual in the toilet.
I put on gloves and fished it out. What l found was quite disturbing.
A meat like piece of small placenta measuring maybe 2 inches in length with an offencive odour had fallen out of me. I had been carrying a piece of Placenta in my Uterus for 12yrs.
I just hope there isnt any more. If you are experiencing what l have gone through please feel free to email me> elly_hart4@hotmail.com Maybe l can help when doctors cannot.

Tacy - posted on 02/09/2009

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my sister had that with two of her 4 pregnancy is scared me to death thought she was going to bleed out

Angie - posted on 02/09/2009

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I also had placenta accretia and it took me 3 MONTHS to finish delivering my planceta. I had an unmedicated d&c the day my son was delivered but I don't remember much for about 72 hours after he was born when I had 3 units transfused. I went home 5 days after he was born. When he was 10 days old, I began to bleed heavily and delivered a piece of placenta the size of my hand - in my living room. I lived 2 hours from the hospital and there was a blizzard. I called my midwife and she went to the hospital to meet me. We pulled into the hospital parking lot as the police were leaving to go look for us. I had a second d&c and actually crashed. I came through it okay and went home the next day. I continued to bleed for 3 months. At that time my sister made me an emergency appt. with a doc in her town (4 hours from where I lived). After an ultrasound it was determined that I still had a piece of placenta in my uterus. Because of the previous d&c's and the risk of me becoming infertile from multiple d&c's in a short amount of time no d&c was done, I was put on a powerful drug to cause me uterus to contract (and every other "long muscle" in my body - very painful). I delivered the placenta about a week later. The bleeding stopped - finally. After two more children - retained placenta with #2 but not #3 and 12 years, I had a hysterectomy. The doc said I had adenomyosis, which is sometimes called internal endometriosis. This may have lead to my problems. Hysterectomy is NOT always necessary and a healthy pregancy is possible, just make sure your doctor is aware of your past problems. I was monitored very closely with ultrasound and had a hystroscopy after #3 to make sure there was no placenta left.

Good luck!

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