Mandatory Reporting Of Maternal Deaths And "Near Misses"


Resolution 13-04.30


WHEREAS, California's maternal mortality rate was 49% higher in 2006-2008 than in 1999-2001, and the US is ranked 50th globally in maternal health despite spending more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world; and

WHEREAS, severe complications, known as "near misses" are on the rise with one in four California women suffering from postpartum complications, such as severe postpartum hemorrhages, preeclampsia, hypertension and/or infection with some of these maternal morbidities and deaths occurring up to 42 days postpartum after hospital discharge; and

WHEREAS, there are more women age 35 and over having pregnancies; in-vitro fertilization and infertility treatments which contribute to higher risk pregnancies are on the rise; African-American women are 3.3 times more likely to have a higher case fatality rate regardless of age; and currently in California there is no mandatory maternal morbidity and mortality reporting.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the mandatory reporting of all maternal deaths (mortalities) and maternal "near misses," (morbidities) by all hospitals in our state to California Department of Public Health, Maternal Child Adolescent Health Division, to share with the California Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review, as Illinois has done, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association and ask that they publicly support such mandatory reporting.

Author: Karleen Basch, AD 45 Delegate [Amended with the consent of the author]

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013





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