WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Friday, December 9, 2022, the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) held a highly-anticipated meeting where the interim commissioner for Texas’ health department, Dr. Jennifer Shuford, updated the committee and the public about the status of the 2022 joint report. She shared that the report will be released as early as next week.
Immediately following this announcement, Joanne Stone, MD, MS, President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and Skye Perryman, President & CEO of Democracy Forward, who have been fiercely advocating for the release of the unlawfully delayed maternal mortality findings, recommendations, and report released the following joint statement reacting to the news that the report could be released next week:
“The news out of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee today is encouraging. Let us be clear, the coming release of this report is long overdue and a direct result of pressure from advocates across the state of Texas, state lawmakers, and health care professionals, including SMFM and its physician members, all of whom are dedicated to improving maternal and child health outcomes.
We are watching this process every step of the way and will remain vigilant until we see when and what the State actually releases. The nation and the state of Texas are facing a maternal health crisis and evidence-based data and recommendations are critically important. We continue to urge the state to release the data and report as it is legally required to do.”