hi, i wanted to post on this board for anyone considering a cerclage in the near future. i have had two success stories with a cerclage. after my little boy was born at 25 weeks in 2008 and died shortly after from an infection, we fell pregnant again very quickly and were told i couldnt have a preventative cerclage because i didnt have a long enough history to prove cervical incompetence. i ended up in hospital at 20 weeks,in labour, funneled completely and some of the membranes starting to bulge from my cervix. the docs told me i would lose this baby but they would try a stitch just in case. the stitch gave me one cm of cervix, and i was on strict hospital bed rest until 33 weeks when i went into labour again and delivered a healthy five pound one baby girl, ella. while i was in labour with her the doc told me he didnt think i'd go more than two weeks given the severity of my cervical incompetence. i went 13 weeks and one day. proof that the doctors dont always know what will happen and sometimes with sheer determination you can have a good outcome. ella is now a very bright, active 19 month old who has had no developmental problems. :). i am currently 29 weeks pregnant with my third baby, with this baby i had a stitch put in at 13 weeks. so far, my cervix has not even funnelled, no change at all which in my opinion and the doctors, is a miracle and proof that this little band of fabric WORKS. in my mind, it i was to fall pregnant again, i would not even consider going through the pregnancy without the stitch.bear in mind that my cervix is truly incompetent and cannot keep a baby in naturally AT ALL and the stitch works with me. if i was to have the stitch out now, my baby would be born today. there has been a lot of resting with this preventative cerclage, and it is still a long, slow, frustrating road but i am nearly thirty weeks and still out of hospital. my doctor thinks we are well on track for 36, it was so wonderful to hear him say those words after all we have been through. so, if you are reading this, weighing up the pros and cons of having a cerclage, please, please get it done. it has given me the precious gift of one beautiful little girl and is about to give me another.