Daley, Policy Committee discuss ensuring healthy births, moms and babies

LAFAYETTE HILL, May 29 –State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on ensuring healthy births, healthy moms and healthy babies at the William Jeanes Memorial Library and the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning.

Daley was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of establishing the state-wide Maternal Mortality Review Board, as signed into law on May 9.

Daley said that the board’s work should improve maternal health outcomes across the state while reducing significant disparities in maternal health outcomes for black women, who suffer the greatest risk. Maternal and infant health outcomes are critical measures used to measure and compare the health of states and nations.

“Today’s hearing was a great discussion on women’s health and how we can ensure a healthy start for children and families,” Daley said. “Health care access and parental leave are essential building blocks for women and their babies – especially early on – and I’m glad my colleagues took part in today’s meeting. I hope that Pennsylvania can lead the charge and be a better example of health care options for moms and their babies.”  

Sturla added, “The United States has a long way to go in terms of parental leave and the importance of giving moms and babies access to quality health care and the time they need to recover after the birth process. Thanks to Representative Daley for being a leader on this issue.”

The committee heard testimony from Dr. David Kelly, medical director in the Office of Medical Assistance Programs - Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Dr. Loren Robinson, deputy secretary of health, Promotion and Disease Prevention - Pennsylvania Department of Health; and Dr. Sindhu Srinivas, director of obstetrical services, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Those interested can visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.