Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
The United States is experiencing a maternal mortality crisis among our nation’s African American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native mothers who are dying at four to five times the rate of white women. In hospital settings, women of color often face systematic
barriers and racial biases regarding delays in recognizing symptoms, not acknowledging the patient’s pain, not fully elaborating on treatment options, and the push for C-sections. All mothers deserve to experience a holistic approach throughout their prenatal
care, labor, and postpartum visits.
That is why we are introducing the H.R. 2751, Mamas First Act, to help combat discrimination millions of women face in our health care system by expanding access to doulas (nonmedical professionals providing support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum)
and midwives (a clinical and experienced professional who practices the full scope of maternity care including delivering babies) who promote patient-centered care like birthing choice and reproductive autonomy. This legislation would amend Medicaid to allow
doulas as well as health care professionals like Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, and tribal midwives to be reimbursed for the critical care they can provide to pregnant women.
This legislation would improve access to care before, during, and after pregnancy to under-served and under-resourced communities as both doulas and midwives have been proven to reduce C-sections, decrease maternal anxiety, and improve communication between
pregnant women and their health care providers. Expanding access to these non-clinical and health care professionals will allow all communities to access these critical services, l increase the focus on culturally competent and patient-centered care while
contributing to better health outcomes.
For questions or to be added as a cosponsor, please contact Talia Rosen in Congresswoman Moore’s office.
Gwen Moore Deb Haaland
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