People Magazine's Caitlyn Keating interviewed Kristen Terlizzi and her husband, Jeff, about their terrifying experience beginning when they learned that Kristen's placenta was growing abnormally.
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 D’Alton. Doctors can detect the condition on an ultrasound around 20 weeks.
The condition, according to D’Alton, can occur from repeated C-sections. Terlizzi, who delivered her first child, Everett, in 2014, via a C-section, had no idea that this was ever a risk. While she tried to enjoy her pregnancy, she knew she wouldn’t know bad her condition really was until the delivery.
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.
Christine Cordova, one of the editors of TheBump.com, 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.
Julia Belluz told Kristen's story about how Stanford doctors kept her and her son Leo alive. This engaging 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.
ProPublica.com & NPR.com
In their ongoing investigation into maternal mortality in the United States, 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.”
The Wall Street Journal
Daniela Hernandez explores trends in accreta deliveries and highlights Kristen's story in this December 2016 article.
Alisha Keller Berry wrote the story of her experience with placenta accreta for POPSUGAR Moms before helping to found 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.