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  • Addressing Texas’ maternal mortality crisis

    Tags: Janet Realini, Healthy Futures of texas, TWHC, Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, 85th Legislative Session, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, maternal mortality, MMMTF

    Janet Realini, MD, MPH

    As is often the case in Texas politics, there was little agreement during the 85th Legislative Session on which steps are necessary to address the state’s many health care challenges. One area that did see agreement, though, was the recognition that far too many mothers in Texas get sick or die during pregnancy or within a year of a pregnancy ending. Unlike the decline of mortality rates internationally, U.S. maternal mortality rates have been increasing, and Texas’ maternal death rate infamously doubled between 2010 and 2012.

    Thankfully, the Legislature moved during special session to extend the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, which plays an important role in identifying and addressing the core issues contributing to maternal death and severe illness.

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