STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Tuesday a bill sponsored by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) establishing a statewide maternal mortality review committee in Indiana.
This committee will be established by the Indiana State Department of Health and work to shed light on the high rate of mothers’ deaths during and after childbirth in Indiana.
Senate Enrolled Act 142 will require health care providers to report the deaths of all women who died while pregnant, giving birth or within a year of their pregnancy.
“The health and safety of Hoosier mothers and their children is a top priority,” Engleman said. “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 will 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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