Recent improvements in ultrasound assessment and umbilical cord visualization have allowed obstetricians to more precisely identify a rare but potentially devastating birthing complication called vasa previa. This condition occurs when unprotected fetal blood vessels run through the amniotic membranes and pass through the cervix. This can result in many complications, including fetal death. Taking this information into account, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center physicians are now scheduling cesarean deliveries during the late pre-term period to improve outcomes for both mothers and babies.
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