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Women’s Health Leaders Laud ‘Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act’ as Badly Needed Legislation to Improve Maternal and Infant Health in the U.S.
Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families and Maureen Corry, Executive Director, Childbirth Connection on the Introduction of the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act
Washington, D.C. — March 4, 2013 — Two of the nation’s leading women’s health experts today applauded U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) for introducing the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (S. 425/H.R. 896). In a joint statement, Childbirth Connection Executive Director Maureen Corry and National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness said:
“Despite the billions of dollars spent on maternity care in the United States each year, key indicators of maternal and newborn health have been stagnating or moving in the wrong direction. Our nation’s infant and maternal mortality rates are much too high. Our rates of prematurity and low birthweight babies are higher than those of other developed countries, and our rate of exclusive breastfeeding is lower. We have a responsibility to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies and ensure women have access to the full range of services that are critical to optimal outcomes for both mother and newborn.
We strongly support the bill because it can improve maternal and child health in this country. It fosters safe, effective, evidence-based maternity care for all women and babies by supporting performance measurement, quality collaboratives, and patient experience surveys targeting this care.
We commend Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) for introducing and championing this bill, and urge every member of Congress to make its passage a high priority.”
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Kat Song (212)777-5000 x6, Childbirth Connection
Lena Solow (202)986-2600, National Partnership for Women & Families
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Founded in 1918, Childbirth Connection is a not-for-profit organization working to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. As a voice for the needs and interests of over 4 million women who give birth annually, Childbirth Connection uses best research evidence and the results of its periodic national Listening to Mothers surveys to inform policy, practice, education and research.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.