A bill to create a maternal mortality review committee passed a House committee this week. It seeks to determine the reason for Indiana's high maternal mortality rate – when a mother dies during pregnancy or in childbirth.
These rates are on the rise in many states, including Indiana. Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) proposed a bill this session to investigate the cause.
"Our death rate for moms having babies in our state is twice that of the national average," says Leising.