We’ve proposed legislation to address Iowa’s growing maternal health crisis. Our maternal mortality rate has more than doubled in the past three years, hospital labor and delivery departments are shuttering at record speed, and 66 Iowa counties have no practicing OB/GYN.
Sarah Ledger of Mount Pleasant is a physician with Henry County Health Center. Unfortunately, the local obstetrics department is closing. As rural Iowa becomes less safe for pregnant women, new moms and babies, Dr. Ledger discusses the health care challenges.
On Feb. 13, Iowa Senate Republicans approved legislation to take away rights currently in the Iowa Constitution. Sen. Janet Petersen called it a failure to protect moms and babies, especially in light of the many maternity ward closings.
Maternal mortality in Iowa has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. Part of the problem: Shrinking health care options and workforce. That’s why we’re proposing the Healthy Moms and Babies Act.
More than 30 labor and delivery departments have closed around our state. We have a shortage of obstetricians. Options for prenatal care are shrinking. We should be focusing on these solvable problems.