What is the obstetric management of placenta previa?
Management of placenta previa depends on the amount of blood loss; the presence or absence of further bleeding; the type of previa, and the gestational age of the fetus. If bleeding has stopped and both the mother and fetus are sta-ble, then a conservative approach is elected. Bed rest with fetal monitoring is prescribed to allow further maturation of the fetus. Additional bleeding episodes or signs of fetal distress indicate the need for an immediate cesarean section.