The state Assembly has approved a bill on Wednesday that would create a Maternal Mortality Review Board meant to review the death rates of new mothers and develop a way to combat the issue.

“The Assembly Majority recognizes the seriousness of the disparities that exist in health outcomes for pregnant women in New York,” said Speaker Carl Heastie. “By developing review boards and an advisory council, we can identify the root causes of this issue and develop meaningful strategies to achieve better and more equitable outcomes for all women.”

A similar proposal was included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 women’s agenda.

The bill would create the panel that would assess causes of death, factors leading to death and how it could have been prevented for women giving birth or about to give birth.

The board would include health care professionals and experts who have studied the issue of maternal deaths, as well ass mothers in areas considered to be medically underserved that also havve high rates of maternal mortality.

At the same time, an advisory council would be created to make recommendations on policy changes and best practices.

New York’s maternal death rate is 30th out of 50 states, and experts say the issue is worsened by racial and ethnic disparities. Black women are four times more likely to die during a pregnancy and childbirth compared to white mothers.

“Every woman deserves the best possible care for themselves and their newborn, and it is time for New York to address the high maternal mortality rate that has existed in our state for far too long,” Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, the bill’s main sponsor, said. “This legislation is a critical step toward doing just that.”