STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law a bill sponsored by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) establishing a statewide maternal mortality review committee in Indiana.
Engleman said the committee formed by the Indiana State Department of Health will examine all instances of Hoosier mothers who died during or shortly after their pregnancy. Heath care providers will report the deaths of all women who died while pregnant, giving birth or within a year of their pregnancy in order to find the root cause of maternal mortality cases across the state.
“Indiana ranks seventh-worst in terms of maternal deaths,” Engleman said. “The health and safety of Hoosier mothers and their children is a top priority. This committee will have the tools to confidentially identify patterns and risk factors, and work to find a statewide solution.”
According to Engleman, the Indiana State Health commissioner will appoint multidisciplinary and culturally diverse members to the committee, and they must submit a report to ISDH before July 1 of each year.
State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,
which includes portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.
Pictured: Gov. Eric Holcomb (center, seated) is joined by health advocates as he ceremonially signs a new law sponsored by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) (far right, seated) on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Statehouse. The new law establishes a statewide maternal mortality review committee in Indiana. Pictured left to right seated: State Sens. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville), Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg), Holcomb and Engleman.