Monday, February 4, 2019

Protecting At Risk Mothers

Indianapolis, IN (February 4, 2019) IBG — Indiana State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer is pushing legislation to protect at-risk mothers and infants. “Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality populations,” said Kirchhofer. “We are committed as a state to reducing those numbers.” Kirchhofer's House Bill 1007 has two components to tackle the alarming infant mortality rates in Indiana.

State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove)

First is attacking substance abuse disorder and connecting women with treatment programs. She said that mothers who consume drugs or alcohol during pregnancy significantly increase the risk of complications. The second piece of the bill focuses on creating a clear OB navigation system to connect expecting mothers with the resources they need to have healthy pregnancies.

“This is bill is working to pair Hoosier mothers with much-needed treatment and services so more babies are born healthy and live to see their first birthday,” said Kirchhofer. HB 1007 passed unanimously in the House and is now being considered in the Senate.

Chair of the House Public Health Committee, State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer explains her legislation focused on helping expectant mothers and babies, and fighting the opioid epidemic in Indiana.