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 placenta accreta increases with each C-section or uterine surgery. Placenta accreta puts the mother at risk of severe hemorrhage; the rates of maternal death, transfusion, and hysterectomy are all increased for women with accreta.

1 in 272 Births

The estimated incidence of placenta accreta has quadrupled since the 1980s, from 1 in 1250 births to 1 in 272 births. The rate of placenta accreta pregnancies has risen parallel to the overall cesarean rate in the U.S.

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OUR FOCUS

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:

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How You Can Help

 

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