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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.

This goal will be achieved through a reduction in the incidence of preventable placenta accreta cases by lowering the rate of low-risk primary cesarean births nationwide to 23.9% or lower*, lowering the rate of low-risk repeat cesarean births to 81.7% or lower* and increasing the number of hospitals staffed and equipped to provide the appropriate level of care required for patients with previous cesarean sections and diagnosed cases of placenta accreta.

*Per Healthy People 2020 MICH-7.1 and 7.2 targets.

 

Board of Directors

 

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Kristen Terlizzi is a speaker and advocate for maternal health & patient safety. 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 is a founding director of the organization and 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, which fueled her passion for maternal health advocacy. 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. She is a founding director of the organization.

 

Alexis Carena is a survivor of placenta accreta, which required life saving surgery and blood transfusions during her son’s birth. Her patient story 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 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.

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Jill Arnold is a founding director of the organization and currently serves in a non-voting advisory role. She is a patient advocate and project manager in the maternity care sector specializing in C-section rate reduction, data reporting and consumer engagement with maternity data. She manages CesareanRates.org, which was founded in 2012 and restructured as product of a non-profit organization in 2018. Her research on C-section, VBAC and other delivery method data led to the creation of a registry of national hospital-level data that Consumer Reports licensed in 2013. She consulted for Consumer Reports as a subject matter expert, having worked as a Project Manager and Social Media Manager for multiple projects until April 2018 and currently works as an independent contractor on a California Health Care Foundation grant.

Jill currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Task Force Board, is an Editorial Board Member of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and an Expert Consultant to the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard's Ariadne Labs as well as serving as a member of the steering committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) Maternal Data Center since 2013.