Kristen Terlizzi

 
 

Kristen Terlizzi is a maternal health and patient safety advocate based out of Silicon Valley, California.  In 2014, Kristen spent two months postpartum in the hospital due to complications of placenta accreta, a life threatening pregnancy complication requiring attentive multidisciplinary care.  Kristen now uses her experience to share her patient story and educate audiences on abnormal placentation.  She discusses the risks surrounding an accreta delivery as well as the significant medical expertise, coordination and costs incurred. 

Kristen is passionate about patient storytelling and bringing attention to efforts to safely reduce cesarean birth rates, placenta accreta and the patient experience of high risk obstetrics.  She speaks at events for medical students, hospital leadership, perinatal quality collaboratives, medical conferences and blood banks. 

Please contact us for scheduling inquiries and availability.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to National Accreta Foundation Co-Founder Kristen Terlizzi for winning Patients' View Institute's 2017 Impact Award!

PVI's Impact Award honors a patient story that has a positive and widespread impact on healthcare. 

 

2018 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

"National Maternal Health Rally Invited Speaker," March for Moms, Washington D.C., May 6, 2018

The Impact of Safe Blood Supply to Maternal Health,” Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, March 15, 2018

"Cesareans & Maternal Health Panel," 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, Patient Safety Movement, London, England, February 23-25, 2018

 

MEDIA - Kristen's Story

California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth,” Vox.com, Science and Health, June 29, 2017

The Quest to Untangle Why Pregnancy Can Turn Deadly,” The Wall Street Journal, Environment & Science, December 9, 2016

"California Woman Nearly Bleeds to Death After Childbirth as U.S. Maternal Mortality Rates Double: ‘It Was Frightening’," People.com, Human Interest, August 4, 2017

 

MEDIA - ADVOCACY

VIDEO: Kristen Terlizzi's Call to Action for Cesarean and Accreta Reduction,” Patient Safety Movement, February 2018

"Severe Complications for Women During Childbirth are Skyrocketing," NPR & ProPublica, December 22, 2017

"‘If You Hemorrhage, Don’t Clean Up’: Advice From Mothers Who Almost Died," NPR & ProPublica, August 3, 2017

"What One California Woman's Delivery Experience Can Teach the U.S.," The Bump, June 30, 2017

VIDEO: Kristen Terlizzi’s Story - From Patient to Volunteer,” Stanford Health Care, October 2016

 

PRior SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Patients' View Impact Award Acceptance, National Healthcare Ratings Summit Awards Dinner, The Leapfrog Group & Patients' View Institute, Arlington, VA, December 7, 2017

Keynote Speaker, "The Power of Patient Storytelling in Understanding the Patient Experience," The Beryl Institute Regional Roundtable Event, Palo Alto, September 28, 2017

The Million Dollar Cesarean and the Power of Patient Storytelling,” Stanford Medicine X, ePatient Ignite, Stanford Health Care, September 15-17, 2017

OBGYN 282 Guest Lecturer: Placenta Accreta and the Patient Experience of High Risk Obstetrics,” Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, May 2015, 2016 and 2017

The Power of Patient Storytelling to Engage and Promote Empathy in Medical Education,” Stanford Medicine X|ED, Engagement, Learning & Design Track, Stanford Health Care, April 2017

Impact of Patient & Family Speakers,” Institute of Patient and Family Centered Care International Conference, Los Angeles, February 2017

Patient Speaker: Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans Toolkit Kick-off,” California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)

  • Los Angeles Area Hospitals, May 2016
  • Pleasanton Area Hospitals, January 2017
  • San Diego Area Hospitals, January 2017

Patient Speaker: World Blood Donor Day,” Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, May 2016

The Importance of Family Centered Care,” New Hospital Sneak Peek Donor Event, Stanford Hospital, May 2016

Compassion in Healthcare & the Patient Experience,” Stanford Health Care Leadership Meeting, Stanford Hospital, February 2016

Keynote Speaker, Stanford Blood Center Staff Retreat, Palo Alto, October 2015

 

journal articles

"The Million Dollar Cesarean," Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 2017, pp. 211-213

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Complicating the Conservative Management of Placenta Percreta,” Obstetrics & Gynecology, November 2015, Volume 126, Issue 5, pp. 1016–1018

 

PATIENT/CONSUMER ADVOCACY & REPRESENTATION

Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) for C-Sections

Current Member of the Optimizing Obstetric Safety Work Group, Patient Safety Movement Foundation

Patient Experience Policy Forum (in partnership with The Beryl Institute)

Current Co-Chair of the "Elevate the Value Case" Work Group

Engaging Consumers to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections

Patient Advisor Stakeholder, California Health Care Foundation in partnership with CMQCC and Consumer Reports

Blood Products - Patient Transfusion Experience

Patient Advisor, Center for Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS), Stanford Health Care, November 2016

Post Operative Pain Management Research Initiative

Patient Advisor, Stanford Health Care, January 2016