STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2018) — Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) establishing a statewide maternal mortality review committee could soon become law.
This committee would be established by the Indiana State Department of Health and work to shed light on the high rate of mothers’ deaths during childbirth in Indiana.
Senate Enrolled Act 142 would require health care providers to report to the committee the deaths of women who died giving birth or within a year after their pregnancy.
“The safety of Hoosier women during childbirth is important,” said Engleman. “This committee would be able to track the tragic deaths of mothers during and after childbirth, giving this panel of experts the tools to identify patterns and risk factors, and propose solutions to help prevent future deaths.”
According to Engleman, the Indiana State Health Commissioner would appoint members to the board. The members must be multidisciplinary and culturally diverse to be considered.
State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,
which includes portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.
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Pictured: State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) discusses on the House floor, a bill she sponsored to create a maternal mortality review committee on Monday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The bill can now be considered by the governor.