(nsfmg) Supports The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 {Giveaway}

(nsfmg) Supports The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 {Giveaway}

by Alexis Barad-Cutler, founder, (nsfmg)

“The outcomes that we have are not predestined. They are the result of policy choices,” Senator Cory Booker stated earlier this week, when lawmakers introduced a historic piece of legislation aimed at combating the significant health inequities that Black mothers face across the country. Black women are more than three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On February 8th, Sen. Booker, along with Representatives Lauren Underwood and Alma Adams, and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus unveiled the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021; a legislative package aimed at saving moms’ lives, ending racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and achieving maternal health justice for Black birthing people and other birthing people of color.

The Momnibus Act of 2021 builds on existing legislation, with 12 bills that specifically address what is driving the maternal health crisis in the U.S  —  which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, with numbers only rising. Legislation that centers Black birthing people is something to celebrate!

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act Will:

*Below is a summary of the bill, excerpted from the United States House of Representatives Black Maternal Health Caucus:

  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.

Giveaway:

Not Safe For Mom Group (nsfmg) often talks about this outstanding gap in resources and accessibility to Black birthing people in our conversations, and we would like to triple down on pushing the resources that we have to offer to where they need to go. Thanks to a generous donation from Rosie (a boutique storytelling agency for change-making organizations, non-profits, and brands) we are able to offer three free Mentor Sessions (lead by me  —  the founder of Not Safe For Mom Group) to three Black moms (anyone who identifies as a mother  — whether on their parenting journey, expecting, or experiencing motherhood).

I do not have the lived experience to offer the same insight as a Black care provider or provider of color, but I do have access to a vast network of great humans and resources. With my one-on-one mentor sessions, I listen to your story, and then together we can decide what next steps make sense, or what resources would be best for me to connect you with.

Here’s How to Enter:

– Comment below with the word “Momnibus” 
OR
– If you prefer anonymity send us a DM with the word “Momnibus”
OR
– To nominate someone send us their handle in a DM with the word “Momnibus”

Open to US residents 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary. This giveaway is hosted by Not Safe For Mom Group (nsfmg) and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administerd by, or associated with Instagram. Giveaway ends on Friday, Feb 12 11:59 p.m. ET.  Winners will be chosen at random. Winners or Nominators of winners will be contacted via DM by Feb 13 1 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the Mentor Sessions by clicking here.

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