Mr. FITZPATRICK. There's much debate on the floor of this House about the plight of the uninsured. We need more discussion about health care solutions, and we need more praise for those health care professionals in our communities who do the hard work of providing health care for the poor and the uninsured without government mandate and without government involvement.
I rise today to honor the 20th anniversary of the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, part of St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Bucks County.
For over two decades, the Mother Bachmann Center has been providing women of Bucks County with the health care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. Certified nurse midwives provide obstetrical care to women who are uninsured and are underinsured. Women who would otherwise go without quality medical care during their pregnancy have access to a wide range of services, including nutrition education, financial counseling, and prenatal and delivery care.
The Mother Bachmann Center is also able to partner with Catholic Social Services in order to identify patients at risk for postpartum depression and to offer them social support and important counseling services.
This Center aims to provide a continuum of care to new mothers and their families who are in need. St. Mary and its partners offer emergency housing in 10 local apartments, where families receive financial counseling, parenting skills instruction, and computer education to help them in their search for employment. The Mother Bachmann Center also offers confidential domestic violence evaluations and resource referrals in partnership with a local nonprofit agency that helps women and helps families in crisis.
This Center is just one part of a larger group of community programs, including the Children's Health Center and the Family Resource Center, that serve expecting and new mothers of Bucks County through St. Mary Medical Center.
The Mother Bachmann Center is a prime example of charitable organizations and community groups coming together to address an important issue with effective local solutions. St. Mary Medical Center, with this center, has provided the community of Bucks County with an alternative to handouts from the State, local, or Federal Government. These types of programs not only provide quality health care services, but they also empower women to take charge of their pregnancies and navigate their first trials as a new mother. [Page: H7076] As this Congress continues to debate issues of health care and the proper role of the government in the industry, I urge my colleagues to look at this center as a model for efficient community-based solutions.
Thomas Jefferson once said that ``Health is worth more than learning.'' It is true. But we can all learn from projects like the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center about what it takes and how to provide health and health care for our most at-risk constituents.
Mr. Speaker, I'm proud to rise today to honor the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center as it celebrates 20 years of providing families in need with important health and human services.