29 Jun JTH in Clinic ‐ Obstetric bleeding: VWD and other inherited bleeding disorders
Individuals with inherited bleeding disorders (IBDs) have higher bleeding risk during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Clinical management requires recognition of the IBD as high risk for postpartum hemorrhage and a personalized multidisciplinary approach that includes the patient in decision making. When the fetus is known or at risk to inherit a bleeding disorder, fetal and neonatal bleeding risk also need to be considered. In pregnant IBD patients, it is common for providers to need to make decisions in the absence of high level of certainty evidence. We here present the case of a pregnant von Willebrand disease patient that reached multiple decision points where there is currently clinical ambiguity due to a lack of high level of certainty evidence. For each stage of her care, from diagnosis to the postpartum period, we discuss current literature and describe our approach. This is followed by a brief overview of considerations in other IBDs and pregnancy.