Kristen is a speaker and advocate for maternal health and patient safety. Over her two month postpartum hospital stay for complications of placenta percreta, Kristen learned first-hand how to cope with an unknown prognosis and to partner with her care team. 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 reducing cesareans, placenta accreta and the patient experience of high risk obstetrics. She has spoken at events for medical students, hospital leadership, perinatal quality collaboratives, medical conferences and blood banks.
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Jill Arnold is a consultant in the maternity care sector specializing in C-section rate reduction, data reporting and consumer engagement with maternity data. She founded CesareanRates.com in 2012 after four years of writing and managing the influential blog, The Unnecesarean (read about Jill’s story on Yahoo.com). Her research on C-section, VBAC and other delivery method data led to the creation of a registry of national hospital-level data that Consumer Reports licensed in 2013. She consults for Consumer Reports as a subject matter expert, having worked as a Project Manager and Social Media Manager for multiple projects.
Jill currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Task Force Board, is an Editorial Board Member of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and an Expert Consultant to the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard's Ariadne Labs as well as serving as a member of the steering committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) Maternal Data Center since 2013. In addition to attending monthly Arkansas March of Dimes perinatal quality meetings, she can also be found frequently advocating locally and nationally for cost and quality transparency and patient safety in healthcare.
Alisha Keller Berry
Alisha is a recent survivor of placenta percreta, which fueled her passion for maternal health advocacy. Alisha's background includes 10 years of non-profit and fundraising experience with organizations such as California State Parks, numerous youth organizations and the Junior League of San Jose. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources Management from CSU, Sacramento. Spreading awareness, advocating for patients and contributing to the research of accreta is something she feels is vital to saving the lives of women with this condition. Alisha shared her story in early 2016 on Popsugar, around the time when Kim Kardashian West revealed that she had experienced placenta accreta complications following her second birth.