The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Transportation today announced a statewide plan to help encourage pregnant and postpartum women to buckle up to prevent death and reduce serious injuries due to vehicle crashes. The most recent Maternal Mortality Review found that 18% of Iowa’s maternal deaths were from motor vehicle crashes; 71% of the pregnant or postpartum women who died were not wearing a seat belt.
IDPH and its statewide perinatal quality care work group, the Iowa Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (IMQCC), is partnering with the Department of Transportation, Zero Fatalities, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and Safe Kids Iowa to launch a statewide social media campaign to remind pregnant and postpartum women that seat belts are safe for mom and for baby. The campaign will run July 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.
Buckling up through all stages of your pregnancy is the single most effective action you can take to protect yourself and your unborn child in a crash. If you’re involved in a crash during pregnancy, even a minor impact could have major implications.
All Iowans are reminded to always use seat belts when driving or riding in a vehicle.