National Association of Neonatal Nurses Action Center

MOMMA Act

Please reach out to your Representative and Senators in support of the MOMMA Act (S.916, H.R. 1897).

The United States ranks far below other developed nations in preventing pregnancy-related deaths and serious adverse outcomes. Each year, nearly 700 women die during or within a year of the end of their pregnancy due to pregnancy-related or pregnancy-associated complications. An additional 50,000 women experience severe complications that can negatively impact their long-term health. Black women are three to four times more likely to die of causes related to pregnancy than their white peers, a disparity that has both persisted and widened over time. Studies estimate that more than half of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and approximately half of maternal injuries could be reduced or eliminated with better care and enhanced maternal mortality data. 

The MOMMA Act seeks to address this issue through a comprehensive set of policies to improve data collection, disseminate information on effective interventions, and expand access to health care and social services for postpartum women. The legislation would bolster federal efforts to support states in collecting, standardizing, and sharing maternal mortality and morbidity data. In addition, it authorizes and expands existing federal grant programs dedicated to scaling best practices to improve maternity care. The MOMMA Act would also permit states to expand coverage under Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) through a longer post-partum period for women. Finally, the legislation would ensure improved access to culturally-competent care training and workforce practices throughout the care delivery system.

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