Placenta tissue that covers the cervix in pregnancy.
Placenta previa is when the placenta (disposable organ of the pregnancy) extends over the cervix and cervical os. When the placenta is completely covering the cervix, this necessitates birth by cesarean, vaginal delivery is not safe or even doable. Even in a practice where there is usually a route to safe vaginal birth, in the case of placenta previa it cannot be done.
There is a different between low lying placenta and placenta previa and this episode explores this topic and why a low lying placenta may not necessitate a need for a cesarean birth and vaginal delivery may still be attempted.
Other great things covered in this podcast include how placenta previa is managed throughout pregnancy and when bleeding and hemorrhaging could be a concern.
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