Sen. Jeff Merkley Co-Leads Stillbirth Prevention Legislation
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 10, 2022: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-North Carolina), and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) have introduced the bipartisan Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act of 2022 into Congress for consideration. The House and Senate companion legislation would add stillbirth and stillbirth prevention to Title V of the Social Security Act — something that has been lacking since the introduction of Title V back in 1935. Healthy Birth Day, Inc. the nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks stillbirth prevention campaign, helped initiate the legislation after discovering the omission of stillbirth from the most important piece of maternal health legislation in our country.
Every year, 47,000 expectant parents will lose their baby to stillbirth, according to the CDC. The annual number of stillbirths far exceeds the number of deaths among children aged