About

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National Accreta Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in April 2017.

Our Mission: Eliminating preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity attributable to placenta accreta.

Our Focus: Increasing awareness of accreta and cesarean overuse, advocating for moms and babies, and connecting patients & providers with resources to help improve quality of care.

 

Board of DirectorS

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Kristen Terlizzi is a speaker and advocate for maternal health & patient safety and a founding Director of National Accreta Foundation. Over her two month postpartum hospital stay for complications of placenta percreta, Kristen learned first-hand how to cope with an unknown prognosis and to partner with her care team.  Kristen now shares her patient story to bring awareness to the downstream costs of cesarean overuse and the complex patient experience of high risk obstetrics. Her medical case report is published in the official journal of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and her patient story has been featured on Vox.com, the Wall Street Journal and People.com. Kristen is passionate about patient storytelling and speaks at events for medical students, hospital leadership, perinatal quality improvement initiatives, medical conferences and blood banks. She currently represents NAF as an inaugural member serving on the Executive Steering Committee to the newly created MoMMA’s Voices coalition of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates. Visit Kristen’s speaking page for a complete media and speaking history and to book Kristen to speak at your event

 
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Alisha Keller Berry is a survivor of placenta percreta, a founding Director of National Accreta Foundation, and a passionate advocate for maternal health. Alisha's background includes 10 years of non-profit and fundraising experience with organizations such as California State Parks, numerous youth organizations and the Junior League of San Jose.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources Management from CSU, Sacramento. Spreading awareness, advocating for patients and contributing to the research of accreta is something she feels is vital to saving the lives of women with this condition. Alisha shared her story in early 2016 on Popsugar, around the time when Kim Kardashian West revealed that she had experienced placenta accreta complications following her second birth. 

 
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Alexis Carena is a survivor of placenta accreta and a Director of National Accreta Foundation. Her patient story of requiring life saving surgery and blood transfusions during her son’s birth has been shared in 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 rely on the availability of donor blood, through regular blood drives and the advocacy platform Heroes for Moms that she founded. Alexis is a director of the organization and also has personal experience with müllerian anomalies, a congenital disorder of the female reproductive tract. In addition to her maternal health advocacy work, Alexis has spent her career in the enterprise software industry, working in marketing and communications. More about Alexis.

 

Board members

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Brianna Evans is a survivor of placenta percreta, which caused the extremely premature delivery of her youngest son. She has spoken to promote awareness of both accreta and prematurity at local blood drives, ICAN meetings, hospital events benefiting the neonatal unit and in the community, and she has also shared her story for the media in television, newspaper, and online formats. Brianna has 6 children who keep her life busy and full, especially her youngest son who has special needs due to his very early accreta birth. Brianna is passionate about helping other women find local and online support for these conditions through several social media forums that she helped found, some of which now have large worldwide membership. Briana serves on the National Accreta Foundation board and is a moderator in our support group community for accreta patients and survivors.

 
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