Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
NEW TITLE: Cosponsor the Ending Maternal Mortality Act
Sponsored by: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Supported by: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Cosponsors: Tim Ryan, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Hank Johnson, Frederica Wilson, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Cohen
Maternal mortality rates are used as a key indicator of the status of women in societies around the globe, yet our own nation has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. Between 700 and 900 American women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related
causes each year, and another 65,000 nearly die. The CDC estimates 60% of maternal deaths are preventable, but not enough is being done to support women and mothers across the nation.
Federal public health officials lack precise data about the scope of maternal deaths in the United States and serious health complications related to pregnancy. The time has come for an ambitious national plan to address maternal mortality and prioritize
the health of women and mothers.
I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Ending Maternal Mortality Act. This legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services to design and implement an ambitious National Strategy to Combat Maternal
Mortality, with the goal of cutting the rate of maternal deaths by half in the next decade. The goals of the plan would include:
- Increased public understanding of maternal mortality, including risk factors, warning signs, and prevention of common causes like obstetric hemorrhage, preeclampsia, and substance abuse disorders
- Improved understanding of the root causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, including both medical and socio-economic factors
- Recommendations to improve data collection, including state-level reporting
- Identifying at-risk populations and eliminating disparities that persist based a mother’s race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
- To support and expand Maternal Mortality Review Committees—state collaboratives that bring together public and private health care representatives to review cases of pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated complications and deaths to make recommendations
to improve quality of care and outcomes.
- Assess hospital culture of safety in maternity care and how best to provide resources to improve outcomes
- Recommendations to improve practices expectant mothers struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders
It is time for the United States to show our national commitment to maternal health and end preventable maternal death and illness in our lifetimes.
To sign on as a cosponsor, or for additional information, please contact Maria Oparil in Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s office at
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