Current legislation could help reduce preventable maternal deaths, but we need Congress to act on them
Every year 700 to 900 women in America die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes—and another 65,000 nearly die. More women die during childbirth in the U.S. than in any other developed country. The stats are even bleaker if you are an African American woman, who are on average four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women nationwide. It’s much worse in some states – in Texas, African American women are ten times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications and in New York, 12 times.
For a country that touts its advanced healthcare system, we are severely lagging when it comes to maternal health.
Two bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate aim to get to the bottom of this issue – The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act 0f 2017, H.R.1318 and The Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017, S.1112, respectively.
These bipartisan bills will help states establish or improve their maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs), which are responsible for investigating maternal deaths and developing specific and relevant recommendations to prevent future deaths from occurring.
We can’t fix an issue if we don’t understand what is at the root of it. These bills will help states understand the root causes of maternal deaths and hopefully prevent them from happening again.
What can you do?
Too many mothers have been lost. We need your help to prevent more unnecessary maternal deaths from happening.
Please contact your Representative and Senators and ask them to co-sponsor these bills. If you’re not sure how, we’ve created this step-by-step guide to contacting a member of Congress.
With your help we can save the lives of those giving life to others.