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.
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: