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 shares her patient story to elevate the patient voice surrounding United States maternal mortality and morbidity. She is passionate about utilizing patient storytelling as a tool to increase engagement in maternal health quality improvement, and she actively brings attention to efforts to safely reduce cesarean birth rates, placenta accreta and the patient experience of high risk obstetrics. Kristen speaks at events to empower women and healthcare providers to keep moms safe.
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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
"Utilizing the Patient Voice to Improve Quality, Safety and Experience," Dignity Health Perinatal Leadership Summit, San Diego, California, November 12, 2018
“Champions for Change 2018 Summit: Influencing Change in Maternal Health,” hosted by Preeclampsia Foundation, Every Mother Counts, National Accreta Foundation & Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation; Chicago, Illinois, October 12-14, 2018
"The Patient Experience of High Risk Obstetrics," Dignity Health Patient Experience Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 13-14, 2018
"The Power of Nurses to Influence Patient Experience and Obstetric Outcomes," The Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program: Spring 2018 High Risk Obstetrics, Menlo Park, California, June 14, 2018
"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, California, March 15, 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
"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
Represents NAF as an inaugural member serving on the Executive Steering Committee of MoMMA’s Voices, a coalition of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates.
Current Member of the Optimizing Obstetric Safety Work Group, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
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