Our country is in crisis. The United States, the richest nation in the world, holds the grim distinction of the highest maternal death rate amongst developed nations, with Black moms dying of pregnancy complications at three to four times the rate of their white counterparts. Congressional leaders in the Black Maternal Health Caucus are working to combat this devastating public health disparity through the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 (HR 959), the necessary next step to protect all women and birthing people in this country.
Led by Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Alma Adams (D-NC) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), this long-due package is composed of twelve individual bills that address every aspect of the maternal health crisis by making critical investments in social determinants of health and digital tools like telehealth, providing funding to community-based organizations, growing and diversifying the perinatal workforce, and so much more. You can learn more about each of the twelve bills here and at the links below. Speak out for Black mothers and Black babies by urging your lawmakers to support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus today!
Social Determinants for Moms Act (HR 943), sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA)
Kira Johnson Act, sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)
Protecting Moms Who Served Act (HR 958), sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Perinatal Workforce Act (HR 945), sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Data to Save Moms Act (HR 925), sponsored by Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)
Moms Matter Act (HR 909), sponsored by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act (HR 948), sponsored by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Tech to Save Moms Act (HR 937), sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
IMPACT to Save Moms Act (HR 950), sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act, sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change Act (HR 957), sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
Maternal Vaccination Act (HR 951), sponsored by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)