INCA Letter of Support for Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

Statement of Support for HR 1318

The Infant Nutrition Council of America* (INCA) is pleased to express its strong support for HR 1318, the
Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that will support state efforts to eliminate
disparities in maternal health outcomes for pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths. By
identifying solutions to improve healthcare quality and outcomes for mothers during this vulnerable time,
healthcare professionals can work towards identifying prevention techniques to save the lives of both
mothers and babies.

HR 1318 was recently introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Representatives
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Diana DeGette (DCO).
Since the bill’s introduction, it has garnered the support of 38 additional co-sponsors, both male and
female, Democrat and Republican.

Currently, the U.S. is ranked 50th globally for its maternal mortality rate and it is one of eight countries in
which the maternal mortality rate has been on the rise. With the estimated maternal mortality rate in the
U.S. increasing by approximately 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014, collecting and analyzing data on
pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths is crucial to determine strategies for developing
prevention efforts and improving the quality of maternal health care programs. The Preventing Maternal
Deaths Act supports states, through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants, in establishing or
improving maternal mortality review committees, which will examine pregnancy-related deaths in the state
and report findings and recommendations to the state and federal Department of Health and Human
Services. These committees will help generate critical information to help federal and state governments
in developing informed policies to improve the health of mothers and children and decrease the maternal
mortality rate.

The primary focus of INCA and its member companies is and will always remain the health and welfare of
infants and young children around the world. In order to maintain the health of infants, the federal and
state governments must ensure mothers are receiving the highest quality of healthcare available. HR
1318 is an important step towards achieving this laudable goal and will help to prevent the deaths of
women particularly during the pregnancy, childbirth and in the postpartum period. INCA supports state
and federal programs that work to identify factors involved in maternal deaths and implements policies to
reduce these deaths.

INCA joins the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Preeclampsia Foundation in
their support of this significant bill. We strongly encourage Congress to consider and pass this critical
legislation and for President Trump to sign it into law. We believe this meaningful legislation will pave the
way for better health care policies for women and will promote and overall infant health in the United
States.

*The INCA is an association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products, e.g., infant
formulas and adult nutritionals, whose members produce over 95% of the infant formula that is consumed
in the United States. Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestlé Infant Nutrition and Perrigo
Nutritionals are proud members of the INCA. For more information on INCA, please visit
https://infantnutrition.org/.