Black mothers are dying at THREE TIMES the rate of white women in the United States. To address this important issue, members of Congress, led by the Black Maternal Health Caucus, have introduced a series of bills to comprehensively address every aspect of the Black maternal health crisis.
The Momnibus is composed of nine individual bills that will address issues such as social determinants of health, maternal mental health, and healthcare for incarcerated women by making investments in community-based organizations, the perinatal workforce, telehealth, and innovative payment models.
The Momnibus, put forward by the Black Maternal Health Caucus, has the potential to be transformative for Black maternal health because it goes beyond addressing maternal death and helps to advance maternal health equity. By centering black women-led organizations like BMMA in the process, this package takes a proactive approach to addressing many of the systematic public health challenges, workforce development issues, and everyday experiences of Black birthing persons before, during, and after pregnancy. Thank you to the Black Maternal Health Caucus for prioritizing the needs of those most impacted by the maternal health crisis in the United States. - Angela Aina, Interim Executive Director of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance