For Immediate Release
August 2, 2019
“UUP applauds Gov. Cuomo for signing legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Board to study the deaths of women who die in childbirth and provide necessary recommendations to improve maternal health care for expectant mothers.
“SUNY’s three public hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse are safety-net hospitals that provide vital health care services to the state’s sickest and most vulnerable patients, many of whom are underinsured or simply don’t have the money to pay for care. Because our teaching hospitals turn no one away, they provide services to a diverse population of people from many different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
“More resources are required to better serve expectant mothers, especially those with high-risk pregnancies who require highly specialized care. We are confident that data gathered by the new review board will expose this need.
“We look forward to working with the governor, the New York State Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes and the new review board to take on this challenge and find answers that will save lives. UUP members—our doctors, midwives, nurses and other health care professionals—will be a great asset to the crucial work of the review board.”