More U.S. women are dying from pregnancy or childbirth complications today than in recent history, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prompting NBC to call the U.S. the “most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world“. However, an estimated 60 percent of these deaths and complications are preventable.
Critical legislation that addresses maternal mortality and morbidity and the racial disparities driving these number have been introduced in Congress, the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act (S.3363) and the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act (S.3392).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ask Senator Hatch and Senator Lee to prioritize the health of mothers and infants across the country by supporting the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act (S.3363) and the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act (S.3392).
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
About these bills
For every woman who dies in childbirth in the US, there are 70 women who nearly die. And in the past five decades, Black women have consistently experienced an almost fourfold greater risk of death from pregnancy complications than White women. This increased risk is independent of age, parity, or education.
The Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act (S.3363) looks to create two new grant programs – one for implicit bias training (which has real-world implications for pregnant people of color. The National Academy of the Sciences found that medical students still held onto the mythology that Black people’s bodies could withstand more pain than white people)  and another for pregnancy medical home (PMH) programs which will help deliver health care services to pregnant women and new moms.
The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act (S.3392) would provide new funding to hospitals with obstetrics and gynecology practices that want to improve their response to pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated complications by implementing standardized best practices that could save lives.
Members of Congress need to hear from you to prioritize proactive solutions that will save the lives of pregnant women.