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  • The U.S. has witnessed a rise in mothers dying in childbirth or due to pregnancy related causes.
  • There are many reasons for this increase including poor access to healthcare, discrimination, lack of information about family planning options, and healthcare provider shortage, among others.
  • Due to these barriers, the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality out of every industrialized country.
  • Maternal death for American Indian/Alaskan Native and non-Hispanic Black women is 3 to 4 times more likely to happen compared to White women.
  • Over 50% of maternal deaths are preventable and we want your help to raise awareness including need for State-Wide Maternal/Fetal Mortality Review Boards.

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Priority Bills

ACTIVE LEGISLATION

H.R.315/S.783 – Improving Access to Maternity Care Act. Rep. M.C. Burgess [R-TX-26]/Sen. T. Baldwin [D-WI].

Amend Public Health Service Act to require the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to identify health professional shortage areas for purposes of assigning maternity care health professionals to those areas

Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care; Resolves disparities in care; Reduces rate of premature birth

H.R.1318 – Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017. Rep. J. Herrera Beutler [R-WA-3].

Provides funds for states to establish formal Maternal Mortality Review Committees, to identify and review all pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths,  to submit annual reports to the CDC on the Committee’s findings and recommendations for solutions.

Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care; Resolves disparities in care

S.337/H.R.947 – FAMILY Act Sen. K. Gillibrand [D- NY]/Rep. R. DeLauro [D-CT-3].

Establish an equal opportunity “Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave” within the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide paid leave for 12 weeks for any family member for any family-related medical leave including maternity care.

Creates maternity and family leave policies; Resolves disparities in care; Relieves incidence of perinatal depression

S.25 – Right Start Child Care & Education Act of 2017. Sen. J. Shaheen, [D-NH].

Amends IRS Code to: Allow a new $2,000 annual tax credit for three years for child care providers, raises maximum allowable tax credits, provides a tax exclusion for employer-provided dependent care assistance.

Resolves disparities; Creates maternity and family leave policies; Relieves incidence of perinatal depression

H.R.1174 – Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017. Rep. E. Holmes-Norton (D-DC)

Requires that all public buildings make modifications to support the need for breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies.

Relieves incidence of perinatal depression; Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care

PASSED LEGISLATION

H.R. 34 – 21st Century Cures Act. Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act. Rep. K. Clark [D-MA-5].

PASSED IN 2016, DON’T REPEAL! INCLUDED IN “21st CENTURY CURES ACT”. Provide states with federal grants to fund Medical research to enhance mental health and substance use treatment strategies, supports screening and treatment of maternal depression, develop and maintain programs for better education, screening and treatment of postpartum depression.

Relieves incidence of perinatal depression; Decreases maternal morbidity and mortality; Improves access to care

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Lobbying Information

On Friday May 12 or Monday May 15, you and many others who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies will be lobbying your elected Members of Congress. Now is the time to reach out to your two Senators and Representatives from your state and arrange a meeting in their D.C. offices. If you have difficulties scheduling appointment please feel free to reach out to Yuliya Labko, March for Moms Policy Director at ylabko@gmail.com for additional support.

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