In 2017, a specialist service dedicated to caring for women with Placenta Accreta Spectrum was established at The National Maternity Hospital. “Placenta Accreta Spectrum” (PAS) covers a range of clinical conditions where the placenta is abnormally attached or imbedded too deeply into the lining of the womb during pregnancy. These are rare and high-risk pregnancies which require specialist care to ensure the best possible outcome for mothers and babies.
Women with suspected PAS are cared for at dedicated maternity units with a special interest in PAS. The National Maternity Hospital is one of these units and currently holds the chair for the National Placenta Accreta Spectrum Service. The National Placenta Accreta Spectrum Service specialises in the care of pregnancies complicated by Placenta Accreta Spectrum and is run by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a diverse range of healthcare professionals, including midwives, anaesthesiologists, surgeons, fetal-medicine specialists, physiotherapists, and radiology/interventional radiologists. The service meets virtually once a month to discuss PAS cases and make a plan for antenatal care and birth for women with PAS.
The National Placenta Accreta Service was born out of recommendations made in the National Guideline for Placenta Accreta Spectrum, published in 2023 by the National Women and Infants Health Programme and the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists. This guideline is available to read here.
If you would like to contact the National Placenta Accreta Spectrum Service, please get in touch on:
Placenta Accreta Ireland
The National Placenta Accreta Spectrum Service is supported by and works very closely with a patient advocacy group, Placenta Accreta Ireland. If you would like to find out more about Placenta Accreta Spectrum, their website paireland.ie has information and resources for patients and their families affected by PAS including videos, a podcast and details of how to get in touch.