In October, 2021 PeriGen announced its full support of the federal Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 959) which is a package of 12 bills intended to end the U.S. maternal health crisis, offering a comprehensive approach to improving health outcomes for communities of color.
Among 11 developed countries, the United States has the highest pregnancy-related mortality rate, with 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, a dramatic increase over the 2018 rate of 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. According to the CDC, the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic black women was 44.0 deaths per 100,000 live births, 2.5 times the rate for non-Hispanic white women and 3.5 times the rate for Hispanic women. Rates for non-Hispanic black women were significantly higher than rates for non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women.
To address this health crisis, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Senator Cory Booker, and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus builds on existing legislation to comprehensively address every dimension of the maternal health crisis in America.
“We believe the Momnibus needs to be urgently enacted so that all people who give birth have a safe journey to motherhood. All birthing people, across the nation, should have access to high quality safe maternity care.,” said PeriGen CEO Matthew Sappern in the letter to Representative Adams, Representative Underwood, and Senator Booker. “We applaud your commitment to protecting moms and helping to stop preventable deaths. We stand with you.”
As a provider of innovative perinatal software solutions, PeriGen’s core mission is dedicated to improving perinatal care. The system continuously monitors the mother and fetus and notifies clinicians when a patient’s condition is worsening. Designed to enhance clinical efficiency, timely intervention, and standardization of care, this automated safety layer naturally and affordably fosters health equity.
To learn more about the Momnibus Act of 2021, visit the congressional summary page, or the Black Maternal Health Congress information page. For more information about PeriGen, visit perigen.com.