One year ago this week, North Hills Hospital had a maternity patient come in with severe bleeding from placenta precreta and placenta previa. She wasn’t supposed to be our patient – she was scheduled to deliver at another hospital – but because of swift thinking by her husband and the outstanding care provided by the Richland Hills Fire Department’s EMS, she was brought to our ER in a life-and-death situation.

Thanks to the North Hills Hospital ER staff, labor & delivery staff and Dr. Tabbs, an OBGyn who happened to be rounding on another patient, the patient was able to safely deliver her baby, and her life was saved.

The time it took from when the patient arrived in our ER until the baby was delivered was only nine minutes.

This family was so touched by the care they received at North Hills Hospital that they invited some of their nurses to attend Baby Cole’s first birthday party over the weekend. We hope you’ll enjoy some pictures from that party.

Pictured Above: Labor & Delivery Nurse, Baby Cole & Mom,
Director of Women’s Services

Pictured Above: Dr. Tabbs, who delivered Baby Cole

Information on Placenta Precreta:

In the majority of pregnancies the placenta attaches just to the inside of the uterus, which allows for easy separation of the placenta after the birth of a baby. In fewer than 1 in 2,500 pregnancies, the placenta may attach itself through the uterus, sometimes extending to nearby organs, such as the bladder. If a placenta accrete is diagnosed during a woman’s pregnancy, the delivery can be planned, which is the optimal scenario to prevent an obstetrical hemorrhage. The delivery of the baby is performed by a cesarean section and in the majority of cases a hysterectomy must be performed due to the invasive nature of the placenta precreta. For more information on pregnancy complications and ways to prevent preterm birth, go to