|Improve Health in Mothers and Babies - 3/22/2011 -
Improve Health for Texas Mothers and Babies
3 bills that address maternal and infant health are on the move and need your help
What Is Happening:
bills that address maternal and infant health in Texas are headed
before key committees, but to get to the chamber floor for a vote they
need your help.
419 (Villarreal), which goes before the Human Services Committee today:
HB 419 would continue to grant some women access to preventative health
care services, including screenings, check-ups, and family planning.
2505 (Walle), which goes before the Public Health Committee tomorrow:
HB 2505 would create a task force to reduce the prevalence of premature
births in Texas and improve care for preemies, including with
recommendations and discharge tools for hospitals and resources for
parents of premature babies.
1050 (West), which is likely to be heard by the Senate Health and Human
Services committee next week: SB 1050 would help bring attention to a
health problem that is causing many babies to be born too early and
unhealthy unnecessarily—hospitals allowing the scheduling of inductions
and C-sections that are not medically warranted before the 40th week of pregnancy.
Why It Matters
births have spiked in recent years, causing more babies to enter life
struggling with health problems. A number of factors contribute to poor
infant health in Texas. Our state has one of the nation's highest rates
of women failing to receive prenatal and preventive health care; in
fact, a majority of Texas mothers "mistime" births, meaning their
pregnancies were unintended. Mistimed births are linked to lower levels
of prenatal care and higher levels of maternal substance abuse, which
can harm fetal growth. What's more, a dramatic rise in the use of
Caesarian delivery and early induction, before the 39th week of
pregnancy and in cases where there is no medical reason for the
procedure, is driving poor health outcomes in newborns. Although the
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the American
Academy of Pediatrics and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations have all recommended against the practice,
there is no accountability for
hospitals that allow the procedure with surprising frequency
By Tuesday, March 22: Contact members of the House Human Services Committee to say, "Please support HB 419 to improve maternal health and preventive care for women in Texas."
By Wednesday, March 23: Contact members of the House Public Health Committee to say, "Please
support HB 2505 so Texas can begin bringing down the high rate of
premature births and provide better care to babies born prematurely."
By Tuesday, March 29: Contact members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to say, "Please
support SB 1050 to make hospitals report on birth certificates when
they use medically unnecessary early C-Sections and inductions, which
are contributing to prematurity in babies."
We thank you for all you do to Put Kids 1st!