Today’s Vasa Previa Success Story is from Karla. I love that Karla offered to share her story because it’s never easy to process the Vasa Previa experience, much less a missed diagnosis! It can be traumatic and life changing, and it takes a great bit of vulnerability to share the details. One thing that sets Karla’s story apart from the others is that she was never diagnosed with vasa previa while pregnant. Her diagnosis was MISSED! It wasn’t until the birth that it was discovered, and while the mortality rate of missed vasa previa is as high as 90%, her baby survived!
Karla, thank you for sharing your experience. Your case is truly a miracle considering the diagnosis was missed during the pregnancy. It is an honor to host your story on this blog!
If your pregnancy has been diagnosed with Vasa Previa and you’re looking for more success stories, you can find them all here: Vasa Previa Success Stories.
Vasa Previa Success Story: Karla’s Missed Diagnosis Miracle
My husband and I were married 22 years and had 7 pregnancies with 6 living children at the time of this story. Our first baby we lost early in the pregnancy. From that time we decided that beggars couldn’t be choosers. We wanted children and would take whatever the good Lord would give us. We practiced natural family planning, always aware that we could be blessed with another child if God saw fit.
We were 48 and 44 years old respectively when I found out I was pregnant. Our youngest, who has Down Syndrome, was almost 5 years old, so I was in denial that I could be pregnant. I thought I was in peri-menopause due to my cycles being irregular. I was still cycling every month, but sometimes my cycle was either longer or shorter than normal, heavier or lighter. But in March of 2015, my period was later than normal. I took 4 pregnancy tests and all but one were positive. I knew I wasn’t pregnant (denial) because I had no symptoms, but I called my doctors office and they had me come in for a blood test. It confirmed that I was indeed pregnant. I still had no symptoms like I had with my other pregnancies. They had me come in for a vaginal ultrasound and there was a heartbeat and a large subchorionic hemorrhage. The baby’s heartbeat was very slow so they had me go on vaginal rest and come back for a repeat vaginal ultrasound in another 2 weeks. Our baby was due mid November of 2015. Now the heartbeat was in the normal range and the subchorionic hemorrhage was getting smaller. I was still told to stay on vaginal rest until I saw my midwife at 12 weeks. I had a gut feeling that I was not going to be bringing our baby home. I didn’t share it with anyone. I had the same feeling that our older son had Down Syndrome and he did. Around 6 to 8 weeks along, I started having morning sickness and it was the worse case that I have ever had. I felt like I was carrying 10 babies!