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ACOG Applauds Introduction of "Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act"

December 9, 2011

Washington, DC -- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applauds Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) for introducing the “Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2011.” This bill builds on quality improvement initiatives ACOG has championed, helping improve the childbirth health and safety of moms and babies.

Childbirth should be a joyous and healthy event for families,” said ACOG President James N. Martin, Jr, MD. “There’s more to be done to help ensure that every birth is as safe as possible and results in the healthiest babies possible. The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2011 will create maternity care quality measures, support regional and state maternity care quality collaboratives, and develop maternity medical homes.

“Senator Stabenow and Representative Engel have shown tremendous leadership in developing this bill. The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act would bring our nation closer to our goal of ensuring that every pregnancy is healthy and every baby is born safely.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

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