Friday brought some happy news (it's a boy) and some scary news. Namely, the baby's cord has a velamentous insertion, which is where the umbilical cord inserts slightly off the placenta, rather than smack in the middle. After speaking with the doctor who did my ultrasound, I was assured that I do not have vasa previa (a risk with velamentous insertion). We had been planning to birth at a midwife-run birth center (I hate my apartment, I'm sure as hell not giving birth here), but now I'm wondering if that's the best course. While the doc "assured" me that there shouldn't be any "major problems" if I wanted to continue with that course of action, he also very carefully pointed out that a common problem with velamentous insertion is that babies can be smaller, and have a higher likelihood of being pre-term.
In doing some research I was, of course, terrified at first. Vasa previa is almost always mentioned in correlation with velamentous insertion, but I called that ultrasound doctor back and he assured me that I do not have vasa previa. Phew on that front. On the other hand, velamentous insertion carries higher incidences of pre-term labor and low birth weight babies (about 8 in 100). I spoke briefly with our midwife and she has seen one velamentous insertion before, although she mentioned that that baby was small (6lbs, 4oz). Our next visit isn't until Friday, and I'm wanting to go in well informed. Obviously it rules out any kind of cord traction for placenta delivery, but are there other details I should be asking about?
Basically, does anyone have any experience with this? Did you have complications? Was the baby okay? Were you okay? This is our first child, and while we were ecstatic just a few days ago, we're downright petrified now.