Accreta Patient Frequently Asked Questions

What do accreta patients need to know? National Accreta Foundation produced this patient facing FAQ based on the latest literature and evidence based care recommendations for women with placenta accreta.

Accreta Experience: Jeremy Tillman

Jeremy Tillman shares his family’s story of placenta accreta. Read a father’s perspective on how he managed to support his family while coping himself during his wife Debora’s placenta percreta diagnosis, delivery, and recovery.


Accreta Experience: Rohelia Letscher

Laughter, a close knit family support system and encouragement to self advocate. Read about how all these things played important roles in Rohelia Letscher’s placenta percreta diagnosis and delivery. 

Accreta Experience: Stephanie Goodell

Many people consider running a marathon to be the pinnacle of mental endurance and physical fitness. Find out how Stephanie Goodell’s accreta and pregnancy loss experience prepared her to accomplish anything she sets her mind to, including training for and completing the Boston Marathon.

Accreta Experience: Kate McMeekin

As a nurse, Kate McMeekin had access to too much information upon receiving her accreta diagnosis and spent many sleepless nights in fear of her family’s outcome. That is, until she received a piece of unexpected advice that completely changed her outlook. Read about how Kate regained control and had a positive accreta patient experience.

Accreta Experience: Joree Novotny

In the third installment of our “Accreta Experiences” series, Joree Novotny shares how she experienced undiagnosed increta in her first and only pregnancy. Read Joree’s journey about how she came to terms with her family being complete after accreta and how she’s navigated the emotional complexities of requiring a hysterectomy during childbearing years.

Accreta Experience: Morgan Teal

In the second installment of our "Accreta Experiences" series, placenta percreta survivor Morgan Teal shares how the compassionate care she received during her pregnancy helped her to realize her own resilience and inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a physician herself. Read Morgan’s insights into how to discover your strength and move forward after accreta.

Accreta Experience: Megan Moody

“Accreta Experiences” is a National Accreta Foundation produced series where accreta survivors write articles sharing their placenta accreta experiences and learnings in their own words to help those new to the accreta community. The first article in our series is written by percreta survivor Megan Moody. Read what she has to say about how to plan for your physical and emotional recovery.

How to Prepare for an Accreta Delivery

From what to pack in your hospital bag to suggested topics for pre-delivery discussion with your family and support network, National Accreta Foundation co-founder Kristen Terlizzi passes on tips from her two month postpartum hospital stay.

Five Steps Hospitals Can Take to Safely Lower Their Cesarean Rate

We asked maternal patient safety experts from ACOG, SMFM, the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and March of Dimes how hospitals can safely improve their C-section rates.

Minimizing the Risk of Placenta Accreta Complications at your Hospital

Decisions made regarding cesarean birth in a woman's first pregnancy will likely affect the rest of her reproductive life. For this reason, both ACOG and SMFM recommend safe reduction of primary cesarean utilization. Both organizations recommend practice modifications and implementation of patient safety bundles that will minimize risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality from placenta accreta

How Arkansas Lowered Its Cesarean Rate Quickly

Data tells stories. Arkansas has long had one of the highest total C-section rates of all US states. A few years ago, CDC began publishing state data on VBAC a low-risk cesarean rates. While Arkansas has one of the highest repeat C-section rates in the US, its NTSV rate is just one percentage point away from meeting the HHS Healthy People 2020 goal. Our organization found out how this happened.

Most Maternal Deaths Occur Post Birth

The acronym POSTBIRTH is a way for nurses, new moms, partners, family members and friends to identify problems in the hours, days, weeks and months after giving birth. Learn  the nine POSTBIRTH warning signs and help save a life.

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If You've Had a C-Section, You'll Want to Know More About the New VBAC Guidelines

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published new vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) guidelines this week, intended to help facilitate better access to a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) for women with a previous cesarean birth at any hospital in the Unites States. These replace the previous guidelines recommending that a physician be "immediately available," a term that was viewed as confusing and that experts say contributed directly to the decline in VBACs in the United States. So, what do the new guidelines mean for women who want to attempt a VBAC?


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