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All MOMMAs Deserve the Chance to Be MOMMAs


116th Congress Cosponsors: Robin Kelly, Diana DeGette, Karen Bass, Jan Schakowsky, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ann Kuster, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Susan A. Davis, Jamie Raskin, Pete Aguilar, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Earl
Blumenauer, Betty McCollum, Frederica S. Wilson, Ro Khanna, Alan Lowenthal, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Joyce Beatty, Yvette Clarke, Mike Quigley, Debbie Dingell, Danny K. Davis, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Grace Meng, Terri Sewell


Dear Colleague:


American women are dying. Dying during pregnancy, dying during childbirth and dying from childbirth complications.


While the rates of maternal mortality around the world continue to decline, in America, the rates have been climbing in recent years. On average, 700 American women – American mothers – die each and every year, and it is estimated that at least half of these
deaths are preventable. That’s just wrong – starting or growing your family should never cost you your life.


All Mommas deserve the chance to be Mommas.


This is why I have re-introduced H.R. 1897, the Mothers and Offspring Mortality & Morbidity Awareness Act – or the MOMMA Act. This comprehensive bill tackles the growing epidemic of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in
five ways. It will:


  • Standardize maternal mortality and morbidity data collection across states, and authorize a designated federal agency to aggregate those data;
  • Empower an existing federal agency to provide technical guidance and publish best shared maternal mortality and morbidity prevention practices;
  • Authorize evidence-based national obstetric emergency protocol and best practices to save mothers’ lives;
  • Expand healthcare coverage through the full post-partum period for women who have given birth;
  • Ensure improved access to culturally-competent care training and workforce practices throughout the care delivery continuum.


Too many mothers have already died. Too many kids are already growing up without a Momma.

Too many families are living a nightmare that doesn’t end.


To date, the following organizations support the MOMMA Act: American Medical Association (AMA), National Medical Association (NMA), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
(NACPM), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, American College of Nurse-Midwives, American College of Physicians (ACP), Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American Public Health Association and American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 
of Dimes, Black Women’s Health Imperative, EverThrive Illinois, Families USA, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, First Focus Campaign for Children, National Partnership for Women & Families, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, The Preeclampsia Foundation,
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Children’s Dental Health Project, Every Mother Counts, PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association, Expecting Health at Genetic Alliance, The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation, Klamath Basin Oral
Health Coalition, Power to Decide, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, 2020 Mom, The HER Foundation, Maternal and Child Health Access, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, National Accreta Foundation,
Arcora Foundation, National WIC Association, National Birth Equity Collaborative, MomsRising, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, Advocate Aurora Health, The Center for Reproductive Rights, 1,000 Days, Jon C. Burr Foundation, KinderSmile
Foundation, Oral Health Kansas, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP), Save 100 Babies, and Heidi Murkoff, author of
What to Expect When You’re Expecting


I am happy to re-introduce this critical bill alongside my Senate companion, Sen. Dick Durbin. With your support, let’s pass the MOMMA Act together and prevent these tragedies from happening to another mother, another kid, another
family.  To become a co-sponsor, please contact my Health Policy Advisor, Mia Keeys, at

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Family Issues, HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 1897
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