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Petitioning Clinical Practice The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Infant death and injury from vasa previa is an avoidable tragedy!

If either you or a loved one is currently expecting, I urge you to read and sign this petition.  Expecting parents put all of their trust into the medical community to ensure the delivery of a healthy baby.  Sadly, sometimes bad things happen despite the best efforts.  But how would you feel if you lost your baby to something that could have been both diagnosed and properly managed?

Babies do not need to die because of vasa previa.  But many do.  The technology exists to detect vasa previa, but all too often it is not diagnosed because awareness of the simple measures needed to detect the condition prenatally is not the standard of care.  However, infant death and injury are preventable when vasa previa is prenatally diagnosed.

Both Canada and the UK have guidelines in place on how to effectively diagnose and manage a patient with vasa previa.  Australia is currently looking into writing guidelines as well.  My desire is for the United States to do the same.

We are petitioning the ACOG specifically as it works primarily to:
•    Serve as a strong advocate for quality health care for women.
•    Maintain the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members.
•    Promote patient education and stimulate patient understanding of and involvement in medical care.
•    Increase awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.

As a mother who lost her first child, Jake, to undiagnosed vasa previa, I am asking you to support this petition to the ACOG with the goal being that they will put into place a standard of care for vasa previa which, in turn, will hold the medical community accountable for managing this condition properly.

I realize that nothing will bring Jake back, but we all have the power to help spare other families from the pain and tragedy of also losing a baby to vasa previa.  Please sign this petition today and help stop neonatal death from vasa previa.

Thank you for your support.

Jenna Steckler


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