How We Treat Placental Disorders


Based on the specifics of your case, we will plan a treatment course that addresses your unique needs and provides both you and your baby with the support necessary for an outstanding outcome.

Our experts are available to you every step of the way to answer questions and provide you and your family with the highest quality of care, which will be tailored to your individual needs. In addition to taking care of your medical needs, we also will provide you with an array of personal supports throughout your pregnancy.

Under the best of circumstances, pregnancy can be a difficult event for a woman and her family, and a placental disorder can add to this stress. One of our jobs is to help minimize these stressors and keep you both physically and mentally well during your care with us.

Placental Disorders We Treat

Placental disorders are usually diagnosed by ultrasound in the second trimester (about 16 to 18 weeks into a pregnancy). MRI is sometimes used to confirm diagnosis. At the New England Center for Placental Disorders, our experts in prenatal ultrasound and MRI work together to help diagnose our patients and ensure the most optimal plan of care.

Placental Disorders

Placenta Previa
  • The placenta covers some or all of the cervix.
  • Usually detected on ultrasound; a common symptom is vaginal bleeding, especially during the third trimester.
  • Beginning labor can tear the placenta covering the cervix, causing bleeding.
Placenta Accreta
  • The placenta grows too firmly or too deeply into the lining of the uterus, making it unable to separate from the uterine wall upon delivery (as a normal placenta does), potentially leading to hemorrhage and other complications.
  • Risk factors for all types of placental disorders include previous uterine surgeries, especially cesarean sections.
Placenta Increta and Placenta Percreta
  • A placenta increta occurs when the placenta grows at least halfway through the wall of the uterus.
  • A placenta percreta occurs when the placenta grows completely through the wall of the uterus; in some cases, placental tissue will continue to grow into nearby pelvic organs, including the bladder or colon.
  • If placenta percreta is suspected, MRI is sometimes used to assist in diagnosis and in creating a care management plan.