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I'm not currently pregnant, but I just had my baby girl on June 26, 2011. Unfortunately, she did not make it due to what I think was a placental abruption. I'm very unhappy with my current OB and am going to search for a new one for any future pregnancies. I was just wondering if anyone who's had this happened could tell me how they were treated in the following pregnancies. I've been told I'll be treated as high risk, but how often do doctors typically see patients that have had this happen? And will I be induced early next time? Will I see a specialist? I just want to hear stories of people who've had this, because I want to know what to expect from any future doctors.
I did not have a placental abruption, but I did have an unexplained stillbirth. In order to get more services, my OB places me in the high risk category as having a poor obstetrics history. I see him normally in the beginning of my pregnancies and more often near the end. I am sent to a perinatalogist for growth ultrasounds to make sure baby is doing well and after 32 weeks I have twice weekly non-stress tests. My OB does induce early, but the earliest he'll go without a medical reason is 39 weeks. Doctor's vary on their practices and it would be best to ask when you get set up with a new doctor.
My best advice is to be proactive. Ask questions. If you want to be monitored more, ask. Ask if there are any tests your new office can do just to double check that there is nothing wrong medically. I went through a lot of bloodwork before I got pregnant with my rainbow baby to make sure there was nothing medically that could have caused my stillbirth. Now that I'm on my 2nd rainbow, I didn't hesitate to ask if we would be proceeding as before and the answer was absolutely. I think you're already on the right track if you have that feeling of being unhappy with your current OB. I also switched providers after my loss and I have been very happy with that decision. Also, if they don't recommend seeing a perinatalogist and you feel like you'd feel better if you did, ask. Sometimes perinatalogists will set up consultation appointments before you get pregnant just to go over your history and answer any questions.
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