March for Moms

2019 Advocacy Agenda

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March for Moms 2019 Advocacy Agenda

March for Moms will educate policymakers on the issues related to:

  1. 116 Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards Act of 2019 or MOMS Act

Introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]


  • Rising maternal mortality rates, especially for women of color
  • Racial disparities in maternity care access and provision
  • Need for data collection regarding maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Allocation of resources to states to collect data, educate health professions on racial disparities, and address maternal morbidity and mortality
  1. H.R. 5977 – MOMMA’s Act

Introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL-2]


  • Expansion Care Access to the Full Postpartum Period (1 year) for Mothers.
  • Standardization of Data Collection and empowering a designated federal agency to collect uniform data.
  • Ensuring the Sharing of Best Practices Between Practitioners and Hospital Systems.
  • Establishment and Enforcement of National Emergency Obstetric Protocols.
  • Improvement of Access to Culturally-Competent Care.

March for Moms will request and work to protect funding for:

  • Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018
    • The bill establishes a program under which HHS may make grants to states to review maternal deaths via Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs)
  • Improving Access to Maternity Care amends the Public Health Service Act of 2018
    • The act requires the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to identify maternity care health professional shortage areas
  • Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015
    • The Act provides federal grants to develop and/or maintain state and community maternal mental health programs for education, screening and treatment of postpartum depression.

2019 March for Moms State Advocacy Agenda will continue to support advancing state Maternal Mortality Review Committees, Perinatal Maternal Health and Paid Leave.