Alexis Carena

 
 

Alexis Carena is a maternal health and patient safety advocate, and on the Board of Directors of the National Accreta Foundation, based in Northern Virginia. Alexis is a survivor of the pregnancy complication placenta accreta, which required life-saving surgery and blood transfusions during her son’s birth. ­Her patient story has been shared at Inova Health System’s IGNITE talk series, Inova’s INhealth Magazine, and at blood drives in the Washington DC area. Alexis focuses on increasing awareness of placenta accreta and other life-threatening pregnancy complications that may require donor blood, through speaking engagements, regular blood drives, and the advocacy platform Heroes for Moms that she founded. Alexis peer mentors women diagnosed with placenta accreta and formed the first accreta support group in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland region. Alexis also has personal experience with müllerian anomalies, a congenital disorder of the female reproductive tract.

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ALEXIS' STORY & ADVOCACY WORK IN THE NEWS

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Inova Health System, January 16, 2019

Webinar: Surviving My Son’s Birth with Patient, Family and Staff Support, Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative, January 8, 2019

Article: Blood donors help save new moms’ lives, Inova’s INhealth Magazine, July 2018

Article: Placenta Accreta: A Survivor’s Story - Opportunities to Help Other Mothers, October 2015

PATIENT/CONSUMER ADVOCACY & REPRESENTATION

Heroes for Moms

Ambassador

Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland Accreta Support Group

Patient Advisor and Administrator