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2021 Black Maternal Health Legislation Updated With Covid-19, Climate Change Bills #Momnibus

In 2020, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) along with then California senator Kamala Harris introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus, a series of nine bills that took racial disparities out of the maternal health outcomes, funded communty-based maternal health organizations, improved data collection, and invested in digital health tools among other pertinent issues. While the legislation didn’t gain much traction, legislators believe it could get passed in a Democratic-led Congress.

This week, the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Actof 2021 was reintroduced by members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus to include three new, individual bills for Covid-19, maternal vaccines, and climate change bringing the Act to 12 overall bills to reduce black maternal mortality.

Watch the Black Maternal Health Momnibus of 2021 Virtual Summit

The newly-included bills are the Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act of 2020 introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) looks to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on pregnancies. The Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change Act, led by Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) & Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) will address climate change-related risks on pregnancies, and the Maternal Vaccination Act, led by Representative Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), provides funding for programs to increase maternal vaccination rates, protecting both new moms and their babies.

The Momnibus Act is supported by over 190 organizations and is co-sponsored by16 senators, and several members of the House of Representatives.

Learn more at https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov.

Black Doctor Dies During Childbirth #MaternalHealth #BlackMaternalHeaLTH

I do not take pleasure in writing about black maternal health in general or specifically about black women who die either during pregnancy, giving birth, directly after birth, or even a year after having a baby. In fact, it is depressing. In this case, however, despite the other women who have died publicly during and/or because of childbirth, I decided to write about this mother because she is a doctor: Chaniece Wallace, MD.

It happens more than we know. The data and statistics tell the story about black maternal health, mortality, and morbidity. And, it hurts even more when a young, promising black doctor has died during her own childbirth.

Chaniece Wallace, MD, a fourth-year pediatric chief resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, recently died during childbirth. During her pregnancy she developed prececlampsia. 

For a bit of preeclampsia visual reference: I wrote about a black Youtube mom who recently experienced preeclampsia and documented her journey. She is doing incredibly well now, but boy, watching her get her post-pregnancy blood pressure down to normal levels was NOT easy.

Dr. Wallace delivered her baby via C-section, but suffered from kidney failure, high blood pressure, and a ruptured liver. She died on October 24.

No woman should die during childbirth.

Please keep this family in your prayers. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help her husband and newborn daughter, Charlotte Wallace.  No family should have to go through this no matter age, weight, race, socioeconomic status, health care, or educational level attained.

Read about birth centers and organizations that are helping black mothers stay alive during pregnancy and childbirth.

Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris on Successful Black Maternal Health Outcomes

It has been an historic week with the announcement of Kamala D. Harris as the first black woman nominee for vice president. Pundits and political experts alike will without doubt parse through her record from her time working as DA of San Francisco and Attorney General of California as well as serving in the United States Senate. One thing is clear: Senator Harris has worked tirelessly on maternal health issues as it pertains to black women who are three times more likely than white women to die due to pregnancy and delivery complications.

Harris joined forces with Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) to introduce the Black Maternal Health Momnibus, a series of nine bills that take racial disparities out of the maternal health outcomes, funds communty-based maternal health organizations, improves data collection, and invests in digital health tools among other pertinent issues.

In February of this year, Harris convened a Black Maternal Health Roundtable where women recounted their experiences with health care providers during their pregnancies and experts discussed racial disparities in maternal health care.

Courtesy of Office of Kamala D. Harris, US Senator for California
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Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus Launches on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday the first congressional caucus on black maternal health launched on Capitol Hill. Led by Democrat congresswomen Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Il.) the caucus’s mission is to ensure black women are not dying senselessly during or after childbirth

As has been noted here many times before black women experience maternal mortality rates four times higher than white mothers no matter black women’s socioeconomic status or even the level of education achieved. In general, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country. Black women fare the worst.

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