Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Legislative Top 10: Lawmakers Take Steps to Keep Texas Mothers Alive - 06/12/2019

Today’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video looks at Senate Bill 750, which requires the state Health and Human Services Commission to expand the Healthy Texas Women program for new mothers beyond the current prevention services it provides. The bill awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.


Improving Birth Outcomes by Designating Facility Levels of Care - 05/07/2019

The neonatal and maternal designation standards are new. It takes time – and patience — to find the right balance. As the state and stakeholders navigate the process, we urge lawmakers to stay focused on the original purpose of establishing neonatal and maternal levels of care in the first place – to provide a statewide system that promotes safe, high-quality, medically appropriate care to improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies.


Allow Pregnant Moms to Take Their Kids to Medical Appointments - 04/30/2019

Prenatal and postpartum care are vital to the health and well-being of mothers and babies, yet transportation is a barrier for many of our most “at-risk” patients and their babies. This barrier leads to missed appointments, which is associated with increased medical costs for patients, disruption of patient care and patient-physician relationships, delayed care, and increased emergency room visits. HB 25 is an attempt to address this problem by creating a pilot program that would streamline nonemergent medical transportation services in Medicaid.


AIMing to Save Lives: More Standardized Care Could Bring Down Texas' Maternal Death Rate - 03/28/2019

Texas’ maternal death rate is still high, and public health officials are betting that more standardized care will bring it down with guidelines set up by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).


Texas Needs HB 10 and the Texas Behavioral Health Research Institute - 02/27/2019

With our state’s current focus on preventing maternal mortality and morbidity, we have the opportunity to focus attention on addressing issues for pregnant and postpartum women. While we have made strides in screening efforts for postpartum depression (PPD), there is still a significant gap in providing treatment for women after a positive screening through primary care and obstetric and gynecological visits. Through HB 10’s child-psychiatry access line infrastructure, primary care physicians or obstetricians-gynecologists (OB-Gyns) could easily connect with experts in the field for teleconsultation on PPD. This connection would allow the current workforce to treat women in a clinical setting they can already access.


Finding Ways to Save New Moms - 02/26/2019

TMA’s Maternal Health Congress looks for answers to Texas’ maternal mortality rate.


TMA Leaders Outline Initiatives to Protect Texas Mothers, Children - 02/21/2019

The Texas Medical Association will call on Texas lawmakers to support initiatives designed to improve maternal and children's health during this year's legislative session, according to the chairs of two TMA committees who spoke at Winter Conference in Austin on Saturday.


Expanding Access to Care Saves Lives - and Money - 02/11/2019

On a variety of indicators, Texas is the envy of other states, including job creation, entrepreneurial zeal, and its bevy of world-renowned universities and medical centers. Yet while Texas undoubtedly excels in many sectors, on the issue of access to care for working Texans and their children, there is still much room for improvement.


Improve Maternal Health by Expanding Access to Care - 02/07/2019

Maternal deaths are only one part of the story. For every one maternal death, 50 to 100 women suffer a severe illness or complication.


Law Would Help Improve Data Collection on Maternal Deaths - 01/03/2019

A bill that became law in December is designed to help states fix some of their problems with collecting maternal death information. The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018 would help states and fund maternal mortality review committees that can evaluate, improve, and standardize maternal death data.


Leveraging LARCs: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Part of Texas’ Solution to Unwanted Pregnancies, Maternal Deaths - 01/02/2019

Today LARCs are one of the safest and most-effective types of reversible birth control, but their reputation took a huge hit in the 1970s thanks to the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD). Memories persist of news reports about the shield’s many defects. This mistrust of LARCs — along with other obstacles to their wider use — hamper progress toward a wider goal for Texas medicine: improving maternal health and reducing maternal deaths across the state.


Bill Aims To Send Physicians to Areas That Need Maternity Care - 12/19/2018

A bill designed to improve maternity care nationwide — authored by U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville) — was approved by the U.S. Senate this week and is on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law.


Learn to Promote LARCs, Earn Free CME - 12/12/2018

The Texas Medical Association has developed a webinar to help Texas physicians overcome obstacles to prescribing LARCs.


New Tool Will Help in Postpartum Care - 11/12/2018

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has created a postpartum toolkit that helps physicians support women in the so-called fourth trimester, when they are recovering from birth and caring for infants.


Texas' Plan to Promote LARCs Released - 11/05/2018

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on Thursday will release the state's five-year strategic plan for promoting long-acting, reversible contraceptive devices (LARCs), which are seen as key to reducing the state's high maternal mortality rate. 


Summit Seeks Medicaid Improvements - 10/22/2018

Physicians, hospital administrators, and health plan executives gathered at the Texas Medical Association building last week in search of common ground to improve the state’s Medicaid system.


Mapping Morbidity: What ZIP Codes Can Say About Maternal Health - 10/01/2018

What ZIP codes can say about maternal health.


Stillbirth Still a Problem in Texas: TMA Develops New Recommendations - 10/01/2018

The Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health developed new recommendations on stillbirth, which the House of Delegates approved in May.


Your Expertise Can Help Stop Maternal Deaths - 09/18/2018

If you would like to do even more to prevent Texas mothers from dying, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Hospital Association Foundation are seeking physicians interested in serving as faculty for the TexasAIM Plus Obstetric Hemorrhage Learning Collaborative.


Saving Texas Mothers’ Lives Possible, New Report Shows - 08/21/2018

Texas can do more to prevent mothers from dying in and around childbirth, according to a statewide study of maternal mortality and morbidity released Monday. The study’s recommendations coincide with the Texas Medical Association’s eight-point plan to end maternal deaths in the state.


TMA House Sets Goal of Eliminating Maternal Mortality - 08/21/2018

Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, TMA’s immediate past president, threw down a gauntlet to his physician colleagues on Saturday — a goal of eliminating deaths among Texas’ pregnant women and new mothers.


Help Prevent Unwanted Teen Pregnancies in the RGV - 08/03/2018

If you would like training on Nexplanon and IUD counseling, insertion, and removal, the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is offering a free workshop Aug. 28 in Edinburg. The training will run in conjunction with the South Texas Adolescent Health Summit.


Where Are Pregnant Moms Most at Risk? - 07/31/2018

A person's ZIP code can show where pregnant women in Texas face the greatest health risks, according to a new study by The University of Texas System and UT Health Science Center at Tyler.


Is Health Care Healthy in the Lone Star State? - 07/19/2018

Texas business, political, and health care leaders will discuss the state of health care in the Lone Star State during the Texas Lyceum’s 32nd annual public conference, “Code Blue: the State of Texas Healthcare,” scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18 in San Antonio. Texas Medical Association President Douglas Curran, MD, is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on graduate medical education.


Maternal Health Crisis to Top First Distinguished Speaker Event - 06/27/2018

Top physician experts will address Texas’ maternal death and illness crisis in the first in a series of distinguished speaker events, The State of Maternal Health in Texas. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) will host the inaugural presentation of its Distinguished Speaker Series designed to inform Texas legislators and their staff members about urgent health issues in Texas.