REP. ROYBAL-ALLARD APPLAUDS CONSENSUS AGREEMENT OF HOME BIRTH SUMMIT
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) spoke in the House of Representatives today [click here for video] to recognize the significance of the consensus document produced by the Home Birth Consensus Summit that took place in Warrenton, VA between October 20 and 22.
"The publication of the Home Birth Consensus document is of critical importance to all current and future childbearing families in this country," said Rep. Roybal-Allard. "I am pleased that the report supports the need for maternity service reform which I champion in my MOMS for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2141). With the support of the diverse stakeholders of maternity services, I call on Congress to act to pass this important legislation to make evidence based maternity care a national priority. The mothers and babies in this country deserve nothing less."
The Home Birth Consensus Summit marked the first time a multi-disciplinary group of maternity care providers came together with consumers and industry leaders to determine what the maternity care system could do to make homebirth the safest and most positive experience possible for all moms and babies. The Delegates were charged with finding common ground to move the issue of safe home birth beyond professional differences and toward consensus-building. The result of their effort was a consensus document released on November 1st of this year. This important document sets out 9 essential statements of agreement about the ideal system to promote the safest and most positive birth outcomes across all birth settings including:
The MOMS for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2141, was introduced in the 112th Congress on June 3, 2011 to improve maternity care outcomes for mothers and babies, and to bend the cost curve of our maternity care expenditures.. This bill will establish a coordinated national focus on evidence-based maternity care; expand data collection and research on the maternity care workforce and evidence-based maternity care practices and models of care; and address interdisciplinary training and minority workforce recruitment. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard first introduced the MOMS for the 21st Century Act in the 111th Congress.