Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced the Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services (MOMS) for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2286) which will create a national focus on maternity services, expand federal research on best maternity practices, and support the education of a more culturally diverse, interdisciplinary maternity care workforce.
"While the United States spends significantly more on childbirth than any other industrialized country, it continues to rank far behind in healthy childbirth results for both mothers and babies," said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. "The MOMS Act promotes evidence-based maternity care to ensure that moms and babies in the U.S. are getting the best services for the lowest cost," Roybal-Allard added.
Each year over 4,000,000 women give birth in this country. Hospitalization related to pregnancy and childbirth costs approximately $86 billion each year, the highest hospitalization costs in any area of health care. The high number of procedures during most maternity hospital stays has helped to make "mother's pregnancy and delivery" our most costly Medicaid expenditure. Yet despite our monumental investment in maternity care, childbirth continues to carry significant risks for mothers and babies, with considerable disparities in communities of color.
To highlight the importance of improving maternity care in the United States, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard toured the Community of Hope Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, DC. During the tour, the Congresswoman discussed the birth center model and its proven impact on healthy childbirth results and lowered maternity care costs with the center's founder, MacArthur Genius Award Winner, Dr. Ruth Lubic.