Maternal Mortality Legislation: HR 1318/S 1112 (115th Congress)

I write to urge you to hold a vote on H.R. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017/S. 1112: Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017. H.R.1318 and S.1112. are bipartisan bills that would support states in putting an end to preventable maternal deaths.

This legislation addresses a national public health crisis: the rising rates of
maternal mortality across the United States. In 2018, more women in the United States died from pregnancy complications than in any other developed country, and the rate of maternal deaths continues to rise.

Racial disparities, the current opioid epidemic, suicide and overdose are currently the leading causes of maternal mortality in our country.

H.R. 1318, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) and S. 1112, a bipartisan bil introduced by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) support the development and support of state MMRCs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Congress can address this crisis by supporting the work of state maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). MMRCs are interdisciplinary groups of local experts in maternal, infant, and public health that examine maternal death cases and identify locally-relevant ways to prevent future deaths.

I ask you, as my representative, to address this basic need for data that will give our country the answers we need as to why so many of our pregnant and birthing mothers are dying.

Your constituent,

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Public Comments (29)
Sep 12th, 2018
Someone from Tallahassee, FL writes:
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It is past time to support this. Many lives depend on this.
Sep 10th, 2018
Janet S. from Irvine, PA signed.
Sep 10th, 2018
Julie F. from Williamston, MI writes:
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Please support this!!
Sep 4th, 2018
Alicia D. from Marquette, MI signed.
Sep 4th, 2018
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Aug 27th, 2018
Jason B. from Middleburg, FL signed.
Aug 27th, 2018
Deborah L. from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL writes:
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https://www.npr.org/2018/07/29/632702896/to-keep-women-from-dying-in-childbirth-look-to-california?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180827&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare
Aug 22nd, 2018
Sherry R. from Sarasota, FL writes:
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Experiencing some of these issues now. Im having a very high risk pregnancy , yet my husband and mother cant take time off work to help care for me and for our other little ones ages 2 and 3 who are home with me and my son who has special needs and is in kindergarten. So , even though Im having some serious complications I can't go to the hospital to be checked until work is done . And my mothers job is being not very understanding, and questioning why my husband cant just help out, even though he is taking off when I have our baby as I will need someone to care for me while I recover from my 5th csection, and my little ones will be cared for by my mother. And it is not paid leave , so then there is added stress about having enough money to pay the next months bills, which should not be a stessor when welcoming a new baby.
Aug 8th, 2018
Sade B. from Atlanta, GA writes:
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Approaching my delivery date, I should not have anxiety about whether my baby and me will survive but I do because of the maternal mortality rate in this country. Please take action to decrease the maternal mortality rate. Bringing our children in the world not be a worry of death, make a guarantee of life every time.

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