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Congress Must Invest in Maternal Health by Passing the Momnibus
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Congress Must Invest in Maternal Health by Passing the Momnibus

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 would help address the maternal health crisis in the United States, which disproportionately affects Black and Indigenous people.

People are more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes in the United States than in any other high-income country in the world. The crisis is most severe for Black and Indigenous people. Congress has an opportunity to address this dire reality by passing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, a legislative package of 12 bills that centers Black women and aims to comprehensively address every dimension of the Black maternal health crisis in the country. The Momnibus would invest in and expand the maternal health care system, address the maternal social determinants of health, and help protect pregnant and postpartum people from the effects of COVID-19.

Osub Ahmed is a senior policy analyst for women’s health and rights with the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Juli Adhikari is a policy and advocacy coordinator for the Women’s Initiative at the Center. Jamile Fields Allsbrook is the director of women’s health and rights with the Women’s Initiative at the Center. 

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Authors

Osub Ahmed

Senior Policy Analyst, Women’s Health and Rights

Juli Adhikari

Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Jamille Fields Allsbrook

Director, Women's Initiative

Video producers

Hai-Lam Phan

Video Director, Production

Jasmine Hardy

Senior Video Producer

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