Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after the Subcommittee on Health held a bipartisan briefing on rising rates of maternal mortality across the United States.
“Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a bipartisan member briefing to learn more about the rising rates of maternal mortality in America. The death of a new or expecting mother is a tragic event that devastates everyone involved. Having spent nearly three decades as an OB-GYN, I believe it should be a national goal to eliminate all preventable maternal mortality—even a single maternal death is too many. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, I will continue to seek solutions for this serious problem that we simply cannot ignore.
“I would like to thank Vicki McGuire, a nurse who almost lost her life in childbirth and who provided us with a patient perspective, Dr. William Callaghan, Chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch at CDC, Dr. Haywood Brown, the current President of ACOG, Dr. Gary Hankins, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas, and Dr. Peter Bernstein, Program Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for participating in this productive conversation.”
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