Sending Office: Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler
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Supported by: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Preeclampsia Foundation, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the March of Dimes

Dear Colleague:

In September 2016, a Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study highlighted an alarming trend –unlike in any other industrialized country, maternal deaths in the United States are on the rise. The maternal mortality rate — maternal deaths per 100,000
live births — increased to 23.8 in 2014 from 18.8 in 2000 (excluding California and Texas).  The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate.

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act. This legislation would help states establish or support Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) to examine pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths and identify
ways to reduce these tragic incidents. It will also improve data collection and address disparities in maternal health outcomes. This bill will also help states save and sustain the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period.
It will also help identify solutions to improve health care quality and health outcomes for mothers.

Pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths are caused by a variety of factors, from complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and obstetric hemorrhage, to emerging challenges such as suicide and overdose due to substance use disorder.  In
order to understand what is driving these tragic incidents and to help save lives, Congress should support state MMRCs that collect standardized data, and recommend public health solutions that fit their local community.

In addition, disparities in maternal health care also have not improved in more than 20 years. African American women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. In 2011, the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention reported that the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic white women was 12.5 deaths per 100,000 births compared with 42.8 deaths per 100,000 births for non-Hispanic black women.

Please join me in supporting local solutions to this national problem. To cosponsor this legislation, or if you have any questions, please contact Jessica Wixson in Rep. Herrera Beutler’s office (
or Yvesner Zamar in Rep. Conyer’s office (



Jaime Herrera Beutler                                      John Conyers, Jr.
Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress


Ryan A. Costello                                              Diana DeGette
Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Family Issues, HealthCare, Science
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 1318
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