Every Mother Counts collaborates with key decision makers, thought and practice leaders, and community members to advance improvements in maternal health.
We advocate for policy and systems change for priority maternal health issues.
We collaborate with state-level advocates, providers, and community-based organizations to promote policies at the state and local levels that advance maternal health, respectful care, and birth equity.
We support the development and passage of federal legislation and policies in the United States that can improve outcomes and experiences of care, and address inequities in maternal health.
We support global efforts by our grantee partners and other international bodies to ensure adequate access to maternity care services, support for the provider workforce, and respectful maternity care.
The Policy Landscape
Use your voice to advocate for quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care for all.
Change takes time, but with your help progress is possible. In the last few years, we have seen unprecedented interest from policymakers and elected officials at all levels of government in improving maternal health outcomes and equity.
Every Mother Counts continues to support ongoing legislative efforts and important new bills that have been introduced, showing that this long-overlooked problem is finally getting the attention it deserves.
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act
Bicameral Black Maternal Health Caucus
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (“Momnibus”) is a package of thirteen bills aimed at addressing the needs of Black mothers and birthing people, as the community most affected by maternal health inequities in the United States. The Momnibus includes historic and essential investments in community-based, equity-focused maternal health policies and programs; dedicated funding for community-based doulas and the perinatal health workforce; federal dollars to strengthen data collection on maternal health; funding to support and sustain the provision of respectful, equitable maternity care and promote accountability; and much more.
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The “MOMMIES” Act
Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services
SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ)
REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY (D-MA)
The MOMMIES Act aims to improve maternal health outcomes by targeting care access, quality, cost, and experience. Among other provisions, this bill will ensure that all states extend Medicaid coverage to a year following childbirth; pilot maternity care homes, a model that provides coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate services and care; and assess and recommend strategies to expand Medicaid coverage of doula care.