Sending Office: Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler
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Over 170 Cosponsors – Support the Bipartisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act


Dear Colleague:


In September 2016, a
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study highlighted an alarming trend – unlike in almost 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 35.8 in 2014, up from 17.7 in 2000. The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate.


Pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths are caused by a variety of factors, from complications like preeclampsia to emerging challenges such as suicide and overdose
due to substance use disorders. In order to understand what is driving these tragic incidents and to help save lives, Congress should support state Maternal Mortality Review Committees, which are panels of experts who review pregnancy-related deaths
and recommend solutions to prevent them. 


This public health crisis disproportionately affects women of color. 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.


I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of

H.R. 1318
, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, a bipartisan solution which will help end this public health crisis. H.R. 1318 will:

Help states establish or support Maternal Mortality Review Committees, which will offer solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of their state.

It will also standardize and streamline data collection efforts, helping address disparities and guiding national level efforts.


Please join me in supporting local solutions to address our nation’s maternal mortality crisis. To cosponsor this legislation, or if you have any questions, please contact Anna
Breen ( in Rep. Herrera Beutler’s office or Sahil Chaudhary ( in Rep. DeGette’s office.






Jaime Herrera Beutler                                       Diana DeGette

Member of Congress                                        Member of Congress



Supported by:

Preeclampsia Foundation

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

March of Dimes

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Medical Association

Association of Women’s Health

American College of Surgeons

Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists

Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses

Nurse-Family Partnership

American Academy of Nursing

American Academy of Pediatrics

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists

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