March for Moms 2018
Against a backdrop of rising maternal death in childbirth in the United States, American families are standing alongside public leaders to advocate for greater investment in the wellbeing of American mothers.
Who: March for Moms Association is a bipartisan, solution-oriented 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for the best possible health and well-being of all mothers. The March for Moms event is in partnership with all the professional stewards of maternal health including over 30 national organizations committed to improving maternity care.
- Sister Marches in 50+ cities around the country co-hosted by ImprovingBirth.org, the largest consumer advocacy organization for maternity care in the U.S. A map of the sister marches can be found here.
- Speakers: Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, DC Dept of Health, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Charles Allen, DC Ward 6th councilman, Angelina Spicer, Comedian and mother, plus many more including families who will share their personal stories of how a broken system has affected them.
- Musical Performances: Nina Marie Fernando, Winona Wilde and Letitia Van Sant
- Plus, hundreds of the nations maternal health advocates and consumer groups
What: The event in DC will be professionally staged and filmed for national broadcast. It will be the kickoff event for the first ever Maternal Health Awareness Week. Thousands will gather to hear stories of families affected by the state of maternity care in the U.S. as well as hear from champions working to improve it. There will be information tables, kids activities, a blood drive sponsored by Hero’s for Moms and nursing/pumping bus sponsored by Pumpspotting for breastfeeding mothers
Where: In front of the National Monument between 7th & 9th street
When: Sunday May 6, 2018 from 1- 4 pm
Why: The March for Moms is an event to bring attention to the need for greater investment and focus to maternity care in the US. One in every three Americans is born through major surgery—twice as many as are medically necessary. At the same time, we have the highest rates of maternal death and injury, the lowest birth weights, and the widest disparities in the entire developed world. Along with the worst paid family leave policies. The United States can do better. Our goal is to highlight solutions that will improve access to high quality and equitable care, as well as support for the challenges of early parenting.
Contact: Dawn Thompson (760) 840-8723, [email protected]