What is Placenta Accreta?
Placenta accreta is a condition in which the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of the uterus, resulting in complications. The risk for developing placenta accreta increases with each subsequent repeat C-section. The estimated occurrence of maternal death related to placenta accreta and its complications is 1 in 14.
1 in 333 Births
The estimated incidence of placenta accreta has tripled since the 1980s, from 1 in 1250 births to 1 in 333 births. Prevalence of placenta accreta rose parallel to the overall cesarean rate in the U.S.
Every mom deserves risk-appropriate obstetric care. Preventing cases of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity attributable to placenta accreta means looking upstream and preventing medically unindicated c-sections. Making this a reality requires increasing awareness of accreta, advocating for moms and babies, and connecting patients & providers with resources to help improve quality of care. We are focusing our efforts in the following areas to make birth safer for all moms: