March 8, 2016
One by one, in often emotional and blunt testimony, mothers who lost children to stillbirth questioned why nothing appears to have been done to put into practice a law that requires state health officials to track such deaths and mandates that hospitals treat families with sensitivity.
They came away without many answers after a Senate Health Committee hearing where state health officials — the people charged with implementing the 2-year-old law — weren’t invited.
“People come up to me and say … I haven’t even heard of this bill,” said Debra Haine, a Maplewood woman about a law named after her stillborn daughter that was signed by Governor Christie in January 2014.
“It’s very sad. I’ve come across people who think that this is a beautiful, amazing piece of legislation,” Haine said Monday after testifying before the Senate Health Committee. “But [they say] there have never been any regulations given to us … so we don’t know what direction we’re supposed to go.”