Jill Arnold, Executive Director
Jill is a project manager with a background in corporate, non-profit and university settings. Jill has worked directly with principal investigators on grant-funded programs to build capacity and perform multiple roles in the start-up phase, including accounting, web site design, content development, marketing and communications, brand-building, event planning and hiring of team members. In 2008, Jill founded a blog about the rise in unnecessary cesareans, defensive medicine, VBAC and informed consent, and grew her related social media communities to 60,000 within three years, which she maintains today. Her research in this led to the creation of a data registry that Consumer Reports licensed in 2013. She consulted as a subject-matter expert on maternity care data and reporting for five years until Consumer Reports discontinued its Hospital Ratings program in May 2018. Twitter: @unnecesarean | LinkedIn: Jill Arnold | Additional media at CesareanRates.org
Current Volunteer Appointments
Member of the National Quality Forum Perinatal and Women’s Health Standing Committee
The Perinatal and Women’s Health Portfolio Standing Committee oversees NQF’s portfolio of perinatal and women’s health measures. Measures in this portfolio address reproductive health; pregnancy, labor, and delivery; high-risk pregnancy; newborns; postpartum care; and premature or low birthweight neonates.
Member of the Medicaid Child and Adult Core Set Annual Review Workgroup
Convened by Mathematica Policy Research, this workgroup will review the measures included in the current Child and Adult Core Sets, identify gap areas, and recommend changes to improve future Core Sets. The workgroup will be comprised of subject matter experts with knowledge of the opportunities and challenges for collecting, reporting, and using the Core Set measures to improve the quality of care in Medicaid and CHIP. Three-year commitment beginning February 2019.
Vice Chair, Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Task Force Board. Member of the board’s data oversight subcommittee.
This Governor’s task force is overseen by the Arkansas Insurance Department in partnership with the Arkansas Center for Healthcare Improvement, who manages the state’s All-Payer Claims Database. The board makes recommendations to AID regarding data utilization and compliance issues.
Member of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Optimizing Obstetric Safety Workgroup
Active member of the OB Safety Workgroup, which meets quarterly and updates materials annually. Maternal Safety Foundation has partnered with PSMF on multiple projects.
Expert Consultant, Delivery Decisions Initiative. Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Editorial Board Member, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement
Member, California Maternal Data Center Steering Committee
Previous Volunteer Work and Professional Service
Co-founder, National Accreta Foundation, 2017-2018.
Advisory Board Member, Childbirth Design Project. Ariadne Labs, Harvard University, 2016.
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.
Commitment to transparency and maternal safety. 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit. Huntington Beach, CA. January 19, 2019.
“Creating a Culture of Consumer Engagement in Maternity Care.” Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative Annual State Meeting. Jackson, MS. November 17, 2018.
“Public Engagement with Cesarean Rates.” Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine MaRCR Workgroup. Washington, D.C. November 6, 2018.
“Supporting Vaginal Birth,” University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) POWER Meeting, Morrilton, Arkansas, April 24, 2018.
"Using Digital Media to Mobilize for Policy Change," University of California, San Francisco Institute for Global Health Sciences, March 28, 2018.
Reducing Unnecessary C-sections Panel, 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, February 24, 2018. [link]
Communicating about Unnecessary C-sections, Consumer Reports/Choosing Wisely 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.
Southwest Birth Round-up, Fort Worth, Texas, April 2014.
Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Summit, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, New York, November 15, 2012.
Panelist at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on May 31-June 1, 2012
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, Writing and Advocacy
How to Shop Around for the Best Maternity Hospital, TheBump.com. November 2017. [link]
How to Minimize the Risk of Placenta Accreta at Your Hospital, November 10, 2017. [PDF]
If You've Had a C-Section, You'll Want to Know More About the New VBAC Guidelines, POPSUGAR Moms, August 2017. [link]
How Other Women Can Learn From My Almost Fatal Postpartum Condition, POPSUGAR Moms, August 2017. [link]
Five Steps Hospitals Can Take to Safely Lower Their Cesarean Rate, July 2017. [link]
How Arkansas Lowered Its Cesarean Rate Quickly, July 2017. [link]
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]
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]
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]
Call It A Comeback? The Many Faces of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief, RH Reality Check, December 2010. [link]
Discussing Your Options with Your Care Provider, Lamaze’s A Woman’s Guide to VBAC, 2010 [link]
Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC, Journal of Perinatal Education, Summer 2010. [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]