About the site owner
Jill Arnold is consultant specializing in consumer engagement in maternity care. An expert on local, state and national data reporting, she manages projects involving the following:
- Regional data analysis and reports
- How employers can communicate with local hospitals about their maternity data
- Editorial content development about choosing a hospital or provider
- Social media and employee-facing campaigns on C-sections, VBAC, pregnancy and maternity benefits
She is currently a consultant at Consumer Reports, working with the organization on a grant to develop consumer-facing educational materials with the California Health Care Foundation and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Her campaigns on C-section Ratings and editorial were the second-highest ranked of all Consumer Reports digital content in 2016.
In April 2017, she co-founded the National Accreta Foundation.
Jill founded and managed The Unnecesarean, a patient blog about maternity care, informed consent, VBAC access and defensive medicine until 2012. She currently maintains a maternity care-related social media following of more than 55,000. She lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Twitter: @unnecesarean | Klout: Unnecesarean | LinkedIn: Jill Arnold
Current board service and advisory positions:
Co-founder, National Accreta Foundation.
Vice Chair, Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board, August 12, 2015. Appointment expires August 12, 2018. [link]
Editorial Board Member, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement [link]
Expert Consultant, Delivery Decisions Initiative. Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2017. [link]
Member, California Maternal Data Center Steering Committee, 2013 - present. [link]
Advisory Board Member, Childbirth Design Project. Ariadne Labs, Harvard University, 2016. [link]
Board of Directors, Lamaze International, 2016 - 2017.
Arkansas Department of Health Midwifery Advisory Board, 2014 - 2017.
Consumer Representative, Listening to Mothers III National Advisory Council, 2012. [link]
Consumer Impact on Healthcare Panel, Texas Birth Roundup 2016
Pictured: Cori Gentry, Kathleen Donaldson, CNM, Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake, Dr. Steven Suba, Jill Arnold.
Photo credit: Valerie Cannon Photography
Communicating about Unnecessary C-sections, Consumer Reports Webinar, February 2, 2017. [link]
Trabajando juntos para reducir la tasa de cesáreas en California (in Spanish), Visión y Compromiso Conference, October 2016. [link]
Texas Birth Roundup, Arlington, Texas, April 2016. [link]
Southwest Birth Round-up, Fort Worth, Texas, April 2014. [link]
Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Summit, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, New York, November 15, 2012. [link]
Panelist at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on May 31-June 1, 2012 [link]
Arnold, J. (2011, October). Mandated Reporting of Maternity Care Utilization Data. Scientific session presented at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, D.C. [link]
Media, Journals and Advocacy:
"How much does it cost to have a baby?", Amino.com, January 2017. [link]
“The Quixotic New Backlash Against Measuring Healthcare Quality” by Leah Binder, Forbes.com, July 2016. [link]
Author of "Aid for consumers; Data helps health-care decisions", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 2015. [link]
10 things hospitals won’t tell you, MarketWatch, February 2015. [link]
Maternity Care Patient Engagement Strategies, Integrated Healthcare Association, September 2014. [link]
Author of "C-section: Just the Facts... If You Can Find Them", Peekaboo Magazine, September 2014. [link]
Cesarean Delivery Rates Vary Tenfold Among US Hospitals; Reducing Variation May Address Quality And Cost Issues, Health Affairs, March 2013. [link]
Giving Birth in Northwest Arkansas, November 2013. [link]
Author of "Preterm baby birth rate in the U.S. drops, report finds", Consumer Reports, November 2013 [link]
New Website Presents Comprehensive Collection of Cesarean Rates Throughout U.S. Hospitals, Yahoo! News, February 2012. [link]
Stakeholder Workgroup Member on the Strategies to Reduce Cesarean Birth Among Low Risk Women project funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and conducted by Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, 2012. [link]
Consumer delegate at the Home Birth Consensus Summit, October 2011. [link]
Reviewer for Pregnancy and Birth chapter of Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition. [link]
Author of “Call It A Comeback? The Many Faces of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief”, RH Reality Check, December 2010. [link]
Author of “Discussing Your Options with Your Care Provider”, Lamaze’s A Woman’s Guide to VBAC, 2010 [link]
Cited in “Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC”, Journal of Perinatal Education, Summer 2010. [link]
Work highlighted in Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2011 Edition. [link]
Cesareans and VBAC Discussion with Jill Arnold, KGSF Springfield's Dr. Poppy Show, May 2016. [link]
I Loved My C-Section, HuffPost Live, November 2012. [link]
Aetna Urges Moms To Avoid Cesareans Births To Reduce Risk, Bloomberg.com, July 2012. [link]
Consumer Advocate, Jill Arnold, Talks to Babble about C-sections, Birth Wars and the Way Forward, Babble.com Being Pregnant, July 2012. [link]
Interview with Jill Arnold from The Unnecesarean and Cesarean Rates, About.com Pregnancy and Birth, March 2012. [link]
SuperTalk Mississippi's Paul Gallo Show, Feb 29, 2012. [link]
Birthrights: The Risk of Choice (documentary), Al Jazeera English, April 2011. [link]
Modern Medicine: Unnecessary C-Sections on the Rise, LiveScience.com, November 2010. [link]