Please join us as a cosponsor of the Birth Access Benefiting Improved Essential Facility Services Act (BABIES Act) that seeks to expand access to freestanding birth centers by Medicaid beneficiaries. Many rural and urban hospitals have
closed their obstetric units due to economic pressures and the high costs of providing maternity care. Consequently, over half of U.S. counties have no access to a hospital maternity unit. This shortage, combined with a maternal mortality crisis, makes it
imperative that we fund and support health care options that result in quality maternal and infant health outcomes.