A California congresswoman introduced legislation focused on promoting healthy pregnancies and babies in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill recognizes the high rate of poor birth results in the United States and the growing costs of care and would implement measures to improve maternity services throughout the country.
Lucille Roybal-Allard of California introduced the Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2141) on June 7. The bill would establish an Interagency Coordinating Committee charged with promoting the best evidence-based maternity practices across all federal programs. Other pieces of the legislation include:
- A public awareness media campaign to educate consumers about how to achieve the healthiest results for mothers and babies.
- The expansion of federal research on best maternity practices
- Data collection to pinpoint specific geographic areas of the country that lack maternity care providers.
- The establishment of loan repayment programs for providers in maternity care shortage areas.
- Grant programs for maternity professional organizations to recruit and retain minority providers.
- The development of core curricula across maternity professional disciplines that would promote physiologic childbirth and healthier outcomes.
Read the full bill here.