nevermind, already posted
If you had an undiagnosed VCI and had a homebirth and a healthy baby, count yourself extremely lucky.
If you lost your baby, I am so, so sorry.
If you have a diagnosed VCI, you are crazy not to consider this a high risk pregnancy.
Fourth baby. Three previously extremely easy, all natural births. I considered having a homebirth, but midwives are in extremely short supply here and my doctor is all-natural and I had had good experiences, so I stuck with a hospital birth. Two ultrasounds during my pregnancy. (First was routine, second was to check baby's position.) The placenta & cord were briefly looked at, but were not the reason for the ultrasounds. Nothing unusual.
At 40 wks, 3 days, in early labour and I had two episodes of bleeding. Went to the hospital and was sent home twice by the doctor on call. (And side note, we all like to blame the doctor, especially one who had access to surgical advice, but the midwives around here think they're God and would not have taken this seriously either.) At home, my water spontaneously broke. I rushed to the hospital, as I usually deliver imminently when my water breaks. On the way I suffered a complete placental abruption. I had an emergency c-section. My baby was in NICU and required a blood transfusion. My recovery was horrific due to the circumstances. We live five minutes away from the hospital and the best surgeon in the city happened to be in the hallway at the time. If we lived one neighbourhood away, my baby would have died. If we lived any farther away, we both would have died. It is only by God's grace we are both alive and healthy today.
It was later found I had: 1) a bi-lobed placenta, 2) VCI, 3) short cord, 4) cord around baby's neck on top of the 5) placental abruption. (I did not have vasia previa.) I had zero risk factors or warning signs up until that day. They said I never would have been able to deliver vaginally.
If you are dealing with this, please do your research. Just because there are some good outcome stories on this thread doesn't mean you can't take this seriously. VCI means you are at higher risk for a placental abruption. The cord is hanging on by a thread. My baby could have kicked the cord off the placenta at anytime. I am not trying to scare you. You do not want to lose your baby. My baby was saved and I am still having nightmares.
I am 3 days post partum after delivering a full term 4 lb baby. She had decels with every contraction, so the or staff was on standby as per doctors orders. Delivered my beautiful girl, do realizes how small she is, and then when placenta delivers the cord kindof "shreds" as it comes apart from the placenta. The doctor looks at it for a second.... "Hmmmm, that's strange" then realizes what happened. He is then elbow deep I to my uterus and can't get the placenta. "Prep the OR!!!" I start bawling thinking they are going to cut me open. After they assure me it is only a d&c, I calm. Prosecute goes great. Baby is fine.
2 extra days in the hospital to observe baby and do bold sugar conus and weight checks.
Full term at 4 lbs???? Insane! Apparently there was also some sort of clot in the umbilical cord.
I am so glad that we got so lucky. Had my water broken before hand and the cord come lose she would have bled out in seconds.
I am so so sorry for the loss some of you have had to deal with. *hug*
I feel so insanely blessed, and a grateful for a excellent medical care.