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Rare pregnancy condition placenta accreta awareness call

Rare pregnancy condition placenta accreta awareness call
From BBC - September 14, 2017

A woman who suffered a life-threatening pregnancy complication has called for more awareness of the condition.

Ceri Bostock, who lives near Penygroes, Gwynedd had placenta accreta during her pregnancy with her third child, Shari Fflur, born four months ago.

It affects about one in every 6,000 pregnancies, when all or part of the placenta attaches to the muscular layer of the uterine wall.

Ms Bostock was surrounded by more than 20 medics during Shari's birth.

Women who have previously had a caesarean section have a higher risk of developing placenta accreta, according to the NHS and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Shari was born healthy, but Ms Bostock told S4C's Newyddion 9 programme she and her partner, Dyfed Thomas, struggled to enjoy the pregnancy and found it traumatic.

Because of the risks involved, Ms Bostock wrote a will and letters to her loved ones while in hospital for four weeks before the birth.

Ms Bostock said she was only diagnosed when a locum doctor working at Bangor's Ysbyty Gwynedd for a week noticed the complication on her scan - though she has praised all the care she received.

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