Stand with Black & Brown Mothers in Support of The Maternal Health Momnibus Act

Mar 24, 2021 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Black Millennials 4 Flint supports The Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021- a national strategy to address and correct negative health outcomes and disparities that disproportionately affect Black and Brown women and their children. 

The maternal health crisis in America has been a long standing issue that is finally getting the attention it deserves, especially for Black mothers and infants. I support the [Black] Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 because the act can bring forward the change and support that black mothers and infants need for a safe and healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. As a result, improving health equity for black mothers who have historically had higher risks for adverse maternal health outcomes. 

Lamira Ray, Baltimore BM4F Lead Prevention Ambassador (2020-21) & Flint, MI Native

Bill summary: The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act will:

  1. Make critical investments in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes, like housing, transportation, and nutrition.
  2. Provide funding to community-based organizations that are working to improve maternal health outcomes and promote equity.
  3. Comprehensively study the unique maternal health risks facing pregnant and postpartum veterans and support VA maternity care coordination programs.
  4. Grow and diversify the perinatal workforce to ensure that every mom in America receives culturally congruent maternity care and support.
  5. Improve data collection processes and quality measures to better understand the causes of the maternal health crisis in the United States and inform solutions to address it.
  6. Support moms with maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
  7. Improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated moms.
  8. Invest in digital tools like telehealth to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved areas.
  9. Promote innovative payment models to incentivize high-quality maternity care and non-clinical perinatal support.
  10. Invest in federal programs to address the unique risks for and effects of COVID-19 during and after pregnancy and to advance respectful maternity care in future public health emergencies.
  11. Invest in community-based initiatives to reduce levels of and exposure to climate change-related risks for moms and babies.
  12. Promote maternal vaccinations to protect the health and safety of moms and babies.

*Learn more about the legislation here

Share your personalized story with Congress to ensure that this slate of bills will have an opportunity to reach a  bipartisan vote in both houses.

For a long time, we have known about the racism and misogyny towards Black women, especially regarding Black maternal health. The [Black] Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 is definitely a step in the right direction in combating these longstanding inequalities and neglect that Black mothers and their children have had to face. The prioritization of inclusive communication and care for Black and Brown women of all standings will be crucial for building a sustainable and equitable future.

Carlton Poindexter, District of Columbia BM4F Lead Prevention Ambassador (2020-21)

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