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Amnesty International Urges Congress to Turn Attention to Needed Reforms on Maternal and Childbirth Care
Date:3/22/2010

The human rights organization, in its latest report, "Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA," concluded that health reform legislation will not solve the barriers and deficiencies that contribute to American women having a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than women in 40 other countries, including virtually all industrialized countries

Amnesty International is calling on President Obama and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to develop a robust and systematic approach to maternal care that will begin to reduce the rates of death and injury. Every day, 2 to 3 women die from pregnancy-related complications and nearly one-third of pregnant women experience complications that adversely affect their health, including 34,000 "near misses" where women nearly die.

The centerpiece of the organization's campaign is creation of an Office of Maternal Health in HHS to address disparities and deficiencies in maternal care.

These include the lack of protocols to prevent and respond to the leading complications that cause pregnancy-related deaths, s
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