AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rep. Sean Thierry was dismayed when the latest Department of Health Services report detailing the ongoing dangers and disparities to pregnant women reached her desk, but the surprise did not do it. She experienced the data first hand.
“I had a Hyblock epidural and almost died in childbirth.
Heading into Congress for the fourth time, Houston Democrats are taking that experience to heart and setting their priorities.
The 2022 Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Board and State Department of Health Services joint biennial report was released Thursday evening, and despite being more than a month and a half out of date, Texas health Bad news for the state of care was shown.
The most recent data available is for 2019, when 147 Texas women reported pregnancy-related deaths and nearly 300 children lost their mothers. Of those deaths, black women were affected twice as often.The report explicitly mentions discrimination as the leading cause of death in 12% of cases.
“It’s not an exaggeration to call it racism,” said Naquinya Wilson, a member of the Matanal Health Equity Collaborative and a community advocate for the State Board of Review. “The way we build systems doesn’t work for everyone the same.”
Concerns about both timely data collection and racial disparities are the basis for several laws Mr. Thierry has already introduced.
I am going to introduce what I call the ‘momnibus’ bill,” she said.
Among her demands are research “to address the question of why these disparities exist among pregnant black women,” cultural competence and implicit bias requirements for health care providers, and state postpartum Extending Medicaid coverage from 6 months to 12 months.
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) expressed enthusiastic support for the measure.
“Texas House will continue to work to further improve care for mothers and families in our state,” he said in a statement to KXAN News on Friday. is to extend critical postpartum coverage for new mothers in Texas to 12 months. looking forward to it.”
The Texas House of Representatives passed the same bill in 2021, but it stalled in the Senate.
“If there was a way to prevent this, we would do everything we could and data and reports show that many of these deaths were preventable,” said Rep. Thierry. “I survived, so I have a duty to do this job.”