I got the call at work (two hours away)and rushed to the hospital barely making it in time to be in the room for the procedure. After delivery our doc told me that we were really lucky that she caught it because most of the time it goes undiagnosed until it's too late. She said that if our check up was on Monday instead of Friday we would have definitely lost the baby and more than likely lost both of them. Everything worked out fine, though, and mother and baby are perfect.
fetal vessels crossing or running in close proximity to the inner cervical os. These vessels course within the membranes (unsupported by the umbilical cord or placental tissue) and are at risk of rupture when the supporting membranes rupture. This is rarely confirmed before delivery but may be suspected when antenatal sono-gram with color-flow Doppler reveals a vessel crossing the membranes over the internal cervical os. The diagnosis is usually confirmed after delivery on examination of the placenta and fetal membranes.Most often the fetus is already dead when the diagnosis is made; because the blood loss constitutes a major bulk of blood volume of the fetus.