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  • sdadmin
    September 20, 2018 at 10:34 am #1441
    1. WHEREAS, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate in developed nations.¹
    1. WHEREAS, the majority of other countries following the World Health Organization’s
    2. guidelines have seen a significant decrease in maternal mortality.¹
    1. WHEREAS, the maternal mortality rate in the US has increased by 26.6% from 2000 to 2014.¹
    1. WHEREAS, the US has signed a resolution from the United Nations human rights council
    2. (UNHRC) that preventable maternal mortality and morbidity are human rights challenges.
    1. WHEREAS, at least 29 states do not have any maternal mortality review or monitoring
    2. processes.²
    1. WHEREAS, maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately affect women of color.
    1. WHEREAS, according to the CDC, African American women are 3-4 times more likely to die
    2. from pregnancy related deaths than white women.³
    1. WHEREAS, Hispanic women had 14.2 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to 11.7 deaths
    2. per 100,00 live births to non-hispanic white women in the US.4
    1. RESOLVED, that the AOA support the Maternal CARE Act Bill S. 3363 in congress; and, be it
    2. further
    1. RESOLVED, that the AOA support the establishment of maternal mortality review committees
    2. in every state.


    1. MacDorman, M. F., Declercq, E., Cabral, H., & Morton, C. (2016, September). Recent Increases in the U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate: Disentangling Trends From Measurement Issues. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27500333
    2. Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths. (2017). Report from maternal mortality review committees: a view into their critical role. Retrieved from https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdf/MMRIAReport.pdf
    3. Reproductive Health. (2018, May 09). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregnancy-relatedmortality.htm
    4. Creanga AA, Berg CJ, Syverson C, Seed K, Bruce FC, Callaghan WM. Pregnancy-related mortality in the United States, 2006–2010. Obstet Gynecol. 2015;125:5–12. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000564

    Submitted by:
    Kristen Caine OMS II – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Giselle Irio OMS II – Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Action Taken:


    Effective Time Period: Ongoing

  1. Kate de Klerk
    September 26, 2018 at 6:10 pm #1560

    This is a wonderful resolution, thanks to the authors for doing such thorough research and bringing forward this issue.

    I want to propose that the authors consider amending the resolution though. As a matter of policy, we don’t pass resolutions that advocate for the support of a specific bill. We pass resolutions that support specific ideas and policy that would support those ideas. The reason for this is that a bill can be amended and changed, to the point that it no longer truly represents the spirit of the original document, but if we pass a resolution tying ourselves to a specific bill, we tie ourselves to it in all its forms.

    So, I would propose changing your first resolved clause by removing mention of the “Maternal CARE Act Bill S. 3363” (mention the bill in the whereas clauses so that we know this is already an initiative in Congress) and change it to say something like: “Resolved that SOMA and the AOA support legislative efforts to end preventable morbidity and mortality in maternity care, and eliminate racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.” (Or focus on whatever other elements of the bill you find most important to mention.) Good luck!

    • Kristen caine
      October 2, 2018 at 11:24 am #1958

      Thanks for the feedback Kate! I agree with the change, so we’ll make sure to get that done. It’s a good thing to know for future resolutions as well!

  2. Tyler King
    NYITCOM Arkansas
    October 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm #1952

    This is an amazing resolution. I agree with Kate’s comments about not linking us to a specific bill, but great work!