National Accreta Foundation has worked with numerous media outlets to bring attention to placenta accreta.

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Carla Green shares the story of Alisha Berry’s 2015 accreta delivery, and how California has excelled at managing deliveries as complicated as hers. The article also highlights the value of patients sharing their stories. Berry says, “Women can advocate for themselves. That’s why I’m doing this. It’s not comfortable, but I think it’s important.” 

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ProPublica's Nina Martin spoke with the National Accreta Foundation about the rise in Severe Maternal Morbidity in the U.S. for it's acclaimed Lost Mothers series. NAF co-founder Terlizzi is quoted “There’s this misconception that these complications are rare, and we [women] get brushed off ‘The risk is not a big deal.’ But it is.”


Julia Belluz tells Kristen's story about how Stanford doctors kept her and her son Leo alive. This wide distribution article spotlights the history of some of the patient safety guidelines that saved Kristen, including the work of Dr. David Lagrew, Dr. Elliott Main and all of the experts who came together to help the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative develop the OB Hemorrhage Toolkit.

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Inova Fairfax Hospital shared how blood donations were critical to Alexis Carena’s 2012 placenta increta delivery. Alexis is a passionate advocate for blood donation and founded Heroes for Moms to ensure blood products are available for moms like her who experience complications. “If it hadn’t been for the people who take the time and effort to donate, I wouldn’t be here for my son.”

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Kristen Terlizzi is proud to be one of Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 2018 Patient Advocates. A powerful video on her accreta story and advocacy work to reduce cesareans and #preventaccreta was showcased at the 2018 World Patient Safety Summit in London. NAF co-founders Kristen Terlizzi and Jill Arnold attended the event and participated in the panel discussion on Reducing Unnecessary Cesareans.

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Daniela Hernandez explores trends in accreta deliveries and highlights Kristen's story in this December 2016 article.

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People Magazine's Caitlyn Keating interviewed Kristen Terlizzi and her husband, Jeff. 

At 28 weeks pregnant, Terlizzi was told she had placenta accreta, a life-threatening condition where the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus.

“This can cause horrendous, significant bleeding,” says Dr. Mary D’Alton, chair of OB-GYN at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

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National Accreta Foundation contributed to this powerful article bringing attention to the fathers left behind in the United States maternal mortality crisis. NAF co-founder Kristen Terlizzi is quoted and the article features the story of Arnold Goodman who lost his wife Deborah to complications from accreta: “Raising my son has been like a parallel universe where it’s just the two of us,” he says. “I can’t help but wonder how it should have been with all of us.” - Arnold Goodman

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Quartz’s Annalisa Merelli highlights Kristen Terlizzi’s 2014 percreta delivery while discussing the causes behind the United States’ sharp increase in maternal mortality and morbidity. The article explains the risks of C sections, low rates of VBACs in the United States, and increasing incidence of placenta accreta as a contributor to maternal mortality.

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Jill Arnold was interviewed by Molly Redden in this October 2017 article on cesarean rates and placenta accreta along with Dr. Elliott Main, Dr. Neel Shah and Dr. Flavia Bustreo. Redden highlighted the story of a woman from Mississippi named Carmen Walker who experienced placenta accreta after five cesareans during her sixth pregnancy.

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In their ongoing investigation into maternal mortality, Adriana Gallardo and Nina Martin quoted Kristen Terlizzi's advice on choosing a provider.

Choosing a Provider

“A lot of data on specific doctors and hospitals can be found publicly. Knowing how your physician and hospital rates as compared to others (cesarean rates, infection rates, readmission rates) can give you valuable insight into how they perform.‘Liking’ your doctor as a person is nice, but not nearly as important as their and their facility’s culture and track record.”

— Kristen Terlizzi, 35, survivor of placenta accreta and cofounder of the National Accreta Foundation

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Alisha Keller Berry wrote the story of her experience with placenta accreta for POPSUGAR Moms before co-founding the National Accreta Foundation. Alisha and her daughter, Annabelle, survived but the process was unbelievably challenging physically and emotionally. In spite of her difficult recovery, Alisha writes: 

When people ask me what was the hardest part of this experience, I don't hesitate: being away from my children for a month. I only was able to hold Annabelle a few times during her first month, because I was constantly fighting infections in the hospital and they wouldn't allow me into the NICU.

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Christine Cordova, one of the editors of, interviewed Kristen Terlizzi for more information about her backstory and co-founder Jill Arnold about the creation of a non-profit dedicated to ending preventable accreta-related cases of maternal mortality and morbidity. 

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Stanford Hospital profiled the combination of medical management and compassionate care involved in Kristen Terlizzi’s accreta delivery in this video showing how a severe maternal event can still have a positive patient experience.