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Preeclampsia Foundation Taking Action in the United States

Taking Action in the United States

The Preeclampsia Foundation and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced their endorsement of new bipartisan legislation introduced on 2 March that will allow states to address preventable maternal deaths and the devastating and costly health consequences that threaten the lives of moms and babies across the country. The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 (H.R. 1318) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO).

“We’re very pleased to provide joint leadership with ACOG for this effort and thank these members of Congress for introducing legislation that will drastically reduce maternal death and disability across the United States,” said Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The statistics on maternal death are staggering. The United States ranks 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate and the maternal death rate continues to rise despite major advancements in medical technology and treatments. The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act addresses the problem by recognizing that the first step forward is to tackle this national issue at the local level by helping states set up maternal mortality review committees.

The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act will support states in establishing or expanding their mortality review efforts and promote national information sharing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so they can continue to learn from each other and collaborate as needed.

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World Preeclampsia Day

To help build awareness of preeclampsia outside the U.S., the Preeclampsia Foundation is partnering with other like-minded organizations to sponsor the first-ever World Preeclampsia Day on Monday, May 22, 2017. Planning is underway and involves multiple global advocacy and professional organizations including representatives from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway among many others. If you represent an organization that would like to be involved in this ambitious effort, please contact the Preeclampsia Foundation's Executive Director at