Tell Congress: Cosponsor the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and it is imperative that Congress take action to combat this growing crisis. The bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (H.R. 1551/ S. 1960) would support new and existing perinatal quality collaboratives, one of the key public health tools we can use to reverse the United States’ rising maternal mortality rate and improve outcomes for women and babies across the nation.
Email your Members of Congress today and ask them to cosponsor the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act!
Perinatal quality collaboratives – state teams of maternal and infant health experts – work with local health systems and providers to improve the quality of maternal and infant care by implementing strategies to improve maternal and infant outcomes including working to reduce the number of deliveries before 39 weeks, lower the instances of severe maternal morbidities associated with high blood pressure and hemorrhage, and implement best practices for caring for pregnant and postpartum women struggling with opioid use disorder.
The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) in the House of Representatives, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate, would support these collaboratives through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and encourage development of a core set of perinatal quality measures to improve patient care.