Placenta accreta is a condition in which the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of the uterus, resulting in complications. The risk for developing placenta accreta increases with each subsequent repeat C-section. The estimated occurrence of maternal death related to placenta accreta and its complications is 1 in 14.
1 in 333 Births
The estimated incidence of placenta accreta has tripled since the 1980s, from 1 in 1250 births to 1 in 333 births. Prevalence of placenta accreta rose parallel to the overall cesarean rate in the U.S.
Every mom deserves risk-appropriate obstetric care. Preventing cases of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity attributable to placenta accreta means looking upstream and preventing medically unindicated c-sections. Making this a reality requires better measurement of utilization and outcomes, regionalization of care for moms and babies, and scalable solutions to help improve the quality of care. We are focusing our efforts in the following areas to make birth safer for all moms: