In 2016, 31.9% of all births in the United States were by C-section

25.7% of first-time moms with low-risk deliveries (NTSV) had a C-section

approximately 602,000 women with at least one previous C-section had another baby

87.6% had a repeat C-section, increasing the risk for placenta accreta in future pregnancies

Patient Story Video: The Downstream Risks of Unnecessary C-sections

 

What is Placenta Accreta?

Placenta accreta is a pregnancy condition in which the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of the uterus. The risk for developing accreta increases with each C-section or uterine surgery. Placenta accreta puts the mother at risk of severe blood loss and other complications. The rates of maternal death, transfusion, prolonged hospital stay and hysterectomy are all increased for women with accreta.

1 in 272 Births

The estimated incidence of placenta accreta spectrum pregnancies has quadrupled since the 1980s, from 1 in 1250 births to 1 in 272 births. The rates of placenta accreta, increta and percreta have risen parallel to the overall cesarean rate in the United States.

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OUR FOCUS

Every mom deserves risk-appropriate obstetric care. Preventing cases of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity related 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:

 

How You Can Help

 

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HELP END PREVENTABLE MATERNAL DEATHS and Complications RELATED TO PLACENTA ACCRETA.