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Lawmakers Introduce Legislative Package to Address Black Maternal Health

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“In the United States, it goes without saying that every mother has a safe and healthy pregnancy and that every baby lives to their first birthday,” said US Representative Tim Ryan.

WASHINGTON – A group of lawmakers have unveiled a legislative package to address maternal health in the United States.

US Representatives: Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th; Lauren Underwood, D-Ill .; and Alma Adams, DN.C. along with U.S. Senator Cory Booker, DN.J., introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, which contains 12 bills that would build on existing maternal health legislation.

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act would invest in social determinants of health, community organizations, growth and diversification of the perinatal workforce, improvements data collection and support for mothers and babies exposed to the risks of climate change.

The legislation also focuses on high-risk populations, including veterans, incarcerated people, Native Americans and other women of color. The maternal mortality rate is significantly higher among black women, who are 3-4 times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications. Other…

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