The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, which is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was passed by the Senate this week.
"This legislation will help identify the causes of premature births, and work to prevent them," Rep. Anna G. Eshoo said. "Every year, half a million babies are born too early and this effort will help to reduce these numbers. I hope this bill will prevent the heartache that so many families suffer from today."
If it is also passed by the House, the new law would extend the PREEMIE (Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early) Act through 2016 and continue work aimed at:
- helping reduce preterm birth
- preventing newborn death and disability caused by premature birth
- expanding research into the causes of preterm birth
With bipartisan support, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in the Senate and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) in the House, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act will hopefully get passed before the 112th Congress adjourns at the end of the year.
Not surprisingly, the bill also has the support of public health leaders from the CDC, the NIH, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the Coalition for Quality Maternal Care (CQMC), the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the March of Dimes Foundation.
You too can help get this critical bill passed in the lame-duck Congress by telling your legislator that the passage of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act is critical to ensuring the health of our nation's babies. The CDC reports that nearly half a million babies are born premature each year in the United States. Shouldn't we be doing everything we can for these preemies and to reduce the rates of premature deliveries?