Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to making our facilities and medical services accessibleand creating a welcoming environment for all.
We are conveniently located near handicap accessible public transportation. The nearest MBTA stop is the Brigham Circle stop on the MBTA's green line. Visitors coming by MBTA should use the 15 Francis Street entrance. This entrance is open from 6am to 8pm. When this entrance is closed, use the 75 Francis Street entrance.
Additionally, MBTA’s THE RIDE offers door-to-door transportation to eligible people who cannot use general public transportation. To become eligible for THE RIDE, you must complete an application. Learn more at www.jv-theride.com or www.mbta.com, or call 800-533-6282(V) or 617-222-5415(TTY).
Wheelchair accessible shuttles operate between Brigham and Women’s Hospital (at 75 Francis Street) and the Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center, Chestnut Hill, the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. You may view shuttle schedules online or posted at the shuttle stop across from the 75 Francis Street entrance.
Brigham and Women’s has two parking garages. Both have designated accessible parking spots. The vehicle height limit at both is 6 feet 6 inches. There are a few oversized spaces on P1 of the 80 Francis Garage (617-732-6532). See an attendant upon arrival for assistance with oversized vehicles. When there are no open oversized self-parking spaces please use valet service at the 45 or 75 Francis Street entrances. Accessible van parking is also available.
There are three main entrances to Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 15 Francis Street, 45 Francis Street and 75 Francis Street. Once inside, all patient care areas can be reached without having to exit the building, with the exception of the practices at 500 Brookline Avenue and 60 Fenwood Road. All main entrances are handicap accessible.
Placenta accreta occurs when the placenta—the organ that provides nutrients and other support to a developing fetus—attaches too deeply to the uterine wall. This often leads to two major complications: the placenta cannot normally deliver after the baby’s birth, and attempts to remove the placenta can lead to heavy bleeding. This is a serious condition that can cause complications for the baby and mother, especially during the delivery. With supervision by experienced clinicians, however, these complications and risks can be managed effectively.
Placenta Increta and Percreta
Placenta increta and placenta percreta are similar to placenta accreta, but more severe.
Obstetricians seek to make a specific diagnosis of accreta, increta or percreta before delivery using ultrasound and MRI imaging, but this is not always possible.
Placenta accreta generally has no symptoms. However, placenta previa, which often develops along with accreta, often presents with vaginal bleeding. Extreme cases of placenta accreta, in which the placenta begins to invade the bladder or nearby structures (known as placenta percreta) can present with bladder or pelvic pain, or occasionally with blood in the urine.
During a normal delivery, the placenta detaches from the uterus during the last stage of labor. This can also be referred to as the “afterbirth.” With accreta, the placenta is tightly attached to the uterine wall and does not separate naturally during delivery. This causes several complications for the baby and mother.
It’s important to consult with a specialist who has experience with placenta accreta to help manage and care for your pregnancy. If possible, the delivery should occur at a specialized center where the staff is well trained and has experience with accreta deliveries, and where you will have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists as needed.
Our team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists (high risk obstetricians), radiologists, surgeons, nurses, and other medical specialists provide supportive and compassionate care before, during, and after pregnancy for women who have or are at risk of having pregnancy complications. This care includes counseling, evaluation, and medical and surgical care.