51 by 51: Maternal Mortality Review Team

From Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox’s office (R-Colonial Heights) … the Virginia House of Delegates is continuing to highlight 51 unique accomplishments of the 51 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates from the 2019 General Assembly session….

According to a recent study by USA Today, approximately 700 mothers die each year in the United States from pregnancy or childbirth complications and another 50,000 suffer severe injuries.

This year, the House of Delegates passed legislation creating a maternal mortality review team within the Virginia Department of Health. The legislation will require the Department of Health to review the rate of pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths in the Commonwealth, identify risk factors of pregnancy-associated or pregnancy-related deaths, identify other factors contributing to pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths, and develop recommendations for prevention and intervention programs to reduce the rate death and injury.

The bill also requires certain health care providers, law-enforcement officers, funeral directors, or other persons having knowledge of pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths to report such deaths.

Most importantly, this legislation saves the lives of mothers in Virginia. For that reason, creating a maternal mortality review team is another of the 51 accomplishments by the 51 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates.