The Momnibus Bill and Black Maternal Health Week

Momnibus Bill in California is Moving Forward

We are excited to announce that SB 65, California’s Momnibus Bill to address maternal and infant mortality disparities, will bypass human services, a special hearing, and can go on to either appropriations or the Senate floor. The bill was already heard in Senate Health, the policy committee with primary jurisdiction. 

Backers of the bill are still looking for support letters and partners to help lift up the legislation as a priority. If you or your organization are interested in keeping up to date with the bill's movements, you can sign up here

In other related news, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Committee Member Rep. Robin Kelly held a hybrid hearing to examine the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis experienced by Black birthing people in America where PTBi Strategic Advisory Board Member, Dr. Joia Cear-Perry presented. View the hearing here

Pictured: Dr. Joia Crear Perry (left), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (center), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, with 4Kira4Mom's activist Charles Johnson (right)

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White House Finally Proclaims Black Maternal Health Week

PTBi sponsorship of BMHW

On April 13th, 2021, President Biden signed a first-ever proclamation marking Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), which PTBi was proud to sponsor. It calls for all Americans to recognize the maternal health crisis and the importance of reducing our unacceptably high rates of Black maternal mortality and morbidity.

In the official proclamation released by the White House, President Biden called, "upon all Americans to raise awareness of the state of Black maternal health in the United States by understanding the consequences of systemic discrimination, recognizing the scope of this problem and the need for urgent solutions, amplifying the voices and experiences of Black women, families, and communities, and committing to building a world in which Black women do not have to fear for their safety, their wellbeing, their dignity, and their lives before, during, and after pregnancy."

The White House also announced initial actions they have taken to address the maternal health crisis in the United States and address race-based disparities in maternal care. This included how they will increase funding to an array of programs including implicit bias training for providers and Title X family planning programs as well as increasing funding for rural community obstetrics care. Read the full fact sheet here

We were proud to have PTBi team members Dr. Brittany Chambers and Jazmine Fontenot present at the Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Conference in a session called, "That's why I never wanted a son because I didn't want to have to always be worried about this safety" Black women and birthing people's experiences of racism during COVID-19 Pandemic". Picture source.

PTBi speakers at the Black Maternal Health Conference

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