Improving Women’s health: Creating a new Maternal Mortality Review Commission

Pregnancy-related deaths have been on the rise over the past 30 years from a rate of 7.2 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 15.9 in 2012. It’s entirely unacceptable for us to be going backwards on saving the lives of mothers.

Legislation I sponsored will create a Maternal Mortality Review Commission that will bring together health care experts to review the current state of pregnancy health in order to make recommendations and develop best practices.   Reports indicate up to 60 percent of maternal deaths may be preventable and a similar approach to reducing maternal mortality in California lowered that state’s maternal mortality rate by two-thirds after identifying obstetric hemorrhage and pregnancy related hypertension as leading causes of death.