PBMHC co-chairs introduce Pennsylvania’s Momnibus legislative package

Mothers, maternal health advocates gather to support Postpartum Depression Awareness Act

(Jun 10, 2024)

Harrisburg, June 10 – A bill that would increase awareness of perinatal and postpartum depression and treatment options was a topic of discussion today as mothers and maternal health advocates rallied with members of the House on the bill’s importance and the House passed it. Introduced by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., Gina Curry, D-Delaware, and Lisa Borowski, D- Delaware, H.B. 2127 would empower the Department of Health to create a public awareness campaign to inform Pennsylvanians about the symptoms and effects of PPD. It also would direct the department to centralize access to organizations that provide counseling for PPD on their website and on fact sheets available in doctor’s offices. “New mothers deserve to feel supported, not alone, in the time before and after a new baby arrives. Our current lack of resources for perinatal depression effectively strips new mothers of agency in understanding their mental health,” Fiedler said. “Having widely available education materials on these conditions will empower new parents to support themselves and their babies. All women and pregnant people deserve the opportunity to prioritize their health, whether that means access to miscarriage management medication, abortion, or counselling for postpartum depression.” Fiedler said that PPD is distinct from what some call “baby blues,” feelings of sadness or anxiety that only Read more

 

Mayes, Curry bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits passes PA House

(Jun 06, 2024)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Building on their strong record of propelling initiatives aimed to assist Pennsylvania families, state Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, announced today that their legislation that would create a state program providing “Welcome Baby” kits to new moms and parents passed the Pennsylvania House. House Bill 2137 would establish a new state program to help ease the financial and emotional stress new moms and parents face by providing them with maternal and newborn supply kits and connecting them to additional support programs available at the state and county levels. “I believe that the arrival of a newborn should be a time of joy and hope, not stress and uncertainty,” said Mayes, D-Allegheny. “Our legislation would ensure that these families receive the support they need during this transformative time. “The Maternal and Newborn Supply Kit program addresses the social determinants of health like having a low income which can impact a person’s health outcomes. For new moms and parents, these kits are part an answer to combat the driving forces of maternal mortality and morbidity and a lifeline for struggling new families.” I stand firmly committed to advocating for policies that provide parents with the necessary resources to nurture their child from day one.” “Welcoming Read more

 

Steele bill that would provide needed blood pressure monitoring devices to pregnant women passes PA House

(May 21, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 21 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Mandy Steele that would provide another tool for pregnant women to keep healthy passed the PA House today. Steele’s bill ( H.B. 2138 ) would require insurance coverage for medically necessary blood pressure monitors for home use as a pregnancy-related service. “Hypertension and related disorders are a leading cause of maternal, neonatal and fetal health complications and death. Early identification and intervention is critical to the health of the mother and baby,” Steele said. “Remote blood pressure monitoring is a reliable, effective strategy in getting control of the mother’s blood pressure and avoiding costly and preventable complications.” High blood pressure affects approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies in the United States. When left uncontrolled, it can result in complications, including preeclampsia, eclampsia, preterm delivery, heart attack and heart failure, stroke and even death. Steele’s bill, which passed the House on a bipartisan vote, is one of the bills in the “Momnibus” legislative package, which addresses critical disparities in maternal health care. “This is an important piece of legislation for maternal wellness, and I urge the Senate to act on this bill,” Steele said. Read more

 

Casey to introduce bill expanding Medicaid maternity care to include doulas and midwives

(May 09, 2024)

The federal legislation follows the passage of a similar bill that passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to cover doula services for expectant and new mothers here. Read more

 

Bill to expand Medicaid maternity care to cover doula services passes in Pennsylvania House

(May 07, 2024)

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) is part of a package of legislation on Black maternal health — nicknamed the “Momnibus” by supporters — that includes a requirement for Medicaid to pay for blood pressure monitors, which also passed Monday in the state House with a 164-37 vote. Read more

 

Mayes home blood-pressure monitoring bill clears Pa. House

(May 06, 2024)

Legislation to cover remote blood-pressure monitors through Medicaid, CHIP Read more

 

House advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.

(May 06, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – PA House lawmakers today passed legislation authored by state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., that would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services in the state. Under Cephas’ bill ( H.B. 1608 ), Medicaid would reimburse certified doulas for providing childbirth education and support services, including physical and emotional support, during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to one year postpartum. “Research has shown that doula support leads to improved birth outcomes, including reduced rates of cesarean sections, shorter labor durations and higher rates of breastfeeding initiation. By providing continuous support throughout and after pregnancy, doulas contribute to safer and more positive birth experiences for families," Cephas said. "Lack of health coverage for these services in Medicaid leads to a vast disparity in care for women who are already statistically at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, with Black birthing people at the highest risk of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This legislation would give these parents a proven network of support needed to produce better mental and physical health outcomes during their birthing journey. I appreciate that my House colleagues understood the wisdom of providing this to moms who receive their health care under Medicaid.” The bill also would establish a Doula Read more

 

PBMHC Maternal Mental Health Month Brunch & Learn

(May 06, 2024)

This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, join the PBMHC for a special "Brunch and Learn" on Friday, May 31st, from 12pm to 1pm! Read more

 

Mayes bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits advances in PA House

(Apr 29, 2024)

Legislation would establish state resource program for new parents Read more

 

Health Committee advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – The PA House Health Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., that would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services in the state. Under Cephas’ bill ( H.B. 1608 ), Medicaid would reimburse certified doulas for providing childbirth education and support services, including physical and emotional support, during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to one year postpartum. “Research has shown that doula support leads to improved birth outcomes, including reduced rates of cesarean sections, shorter labor durations and higher rates of breastfeeding initiation. By providing continuous support throughout and after pregnancy, doulas contribute to safer and more positive birth experiences for mothers," Cephas said. "While some moms can afford doula services without insurance or have insurance that covers it, moms who receive their vital pregnancy care through Medicaid are not so lucky. This leads to a vast inequality in care for women who are already statistically at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, with Black women at the highest risk of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This legislation would give these mothers a proven network of support needed to produce better mental and physical health outcomes during their birthing journey.” The bill also would establish a Doula Advisory Read more

 

Mayes’ legislation to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors advances to House

(Apr 17, 2024)

Screenings for hypertension decrease maternal mortality Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s MOMNIBUS addresses Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality through investments

(Apr 12, 2024)

Black Pennsylvanians had the highest pregnancy-associated mortality ratio at 148 per 100,000 live births, which is nearly twice as much as white Pennsylvanians who had a PAMR at 81 per 100,000 live births, highlighting racial disparities in maternal health care. Read more

 

Black Maternal Health Week 2024 Tool Kit

(Apr 11, 2024)

Social Media and informational Tool Kit for Black Maternal Health Week 2024 Read more

 

House adopts Curry’s Black Maternal Health Week resolution

(Apr 10, 2024)

“These statistics are not new,” Curry said. “But sadly, an alarming number of people are still unaware just how dire the situation is for Black mommas here in Pennsylvania and the United States. While we are doing everything we can to take action in the legislature, we also cannot afford to stop talking about Black maternal health. That’s why I am so glad we have established Black Maternal Health Week in the commonwealth. By establishing this week, we encourage people and healthcare providers to get educated about this issue and learn how they can better care for themselves, their children, their family, and their neighbors.” Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers push to expand access to doulas to improve Black maternal health

(Apr 08, 2024)

“That’s major. This is a huge win and victory for moms all across the Commonwealth,” said State Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes. “For some people, the doula is the only person they have to support them.” Read more

 

PBMHC commemorates Black Maternal Health Week with resolution, events

(Apr 08, 2024)

The resolution would recognize Thursday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 17 as Black Maternal Health Week. The House Human Services Committee unanimously reported the resolution of out committee. Read more

 

Mayes highlights Shapiro’s proposals for maternal health care

(Apr 04, 2024)

“With maternal mortality at its highest rates since 1965 and Black women at a higher risk of dying from complications during child birth, we must address the maternal health care crisis to reduce racial disparities in health care, as well as combat Black maternal morbidity and mortality,” Mayes said. “Even healthy women, such as U.S. Olympic sprinter Tori Bowie who died in May 2023 from pre-eclampsia, are at risk. As such, we must ensure Black women and Black pregnant people have access to equitable health care so that we may systemically combat maternal morbidity and mortality.” Read more

 

Mayes aims to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors

(Apr 04, 2024)

“With this legislation, we have the opportunity to address the maternal health care crisis, starting with one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality: hypertension,” Mayes said. “By expanding Medicaid coverage of blood pressure monitors, pregnant or postpartum enrollees may detect high blood pressure and receive treatment before it’s too late. When left untreated, women’s risk of cardiovascular disease increases. This legislation will improve maternal health outcomes, Black maternal health, and women’s health care overall.” Read more

 

Mayes honored with PLBC’s Crystal Bird Fauset Award

(Apr 02, 2024)

“As the first Black woman to represent the 24th Legislative District, I aspire to continue the legacy of former state Representative Fauset and I am especially honored to be recognized by my peers for my leadership in the Pennsylvania Black Maternal Health Caucus,” Mayes said. “While Representative Fauset served in the House, she advocated for Black Pennsylvanians, especially to make housing more affordable for Black communities in Philadelphia, health care more accessible, and women’s rights in labor. Read more

 

Mayes to distribute donations to expecting, new parents

(Apr 02, 2024)

“The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion and parent should have what they need for their babies when they enter the world,” Mayes said. “While my partner Heather and I were lucky to have our family and friends and my colleagues in Harrisburg host multiple baby showers, every mom or parent does not necessarily have that level of support or can afford every they need. That’s why I partnered with Healthy Start Pittsburgh, the leading Black maternal health organization in western Pennsylvania, to distribute diapers, wipes and other baby supplies to expecting parents and new parents. Together, we must work to aid Pennsylvanians in need, starting from birth.” Read more

 

Mothers, maternal health advocates gather to support Postpartum Depression Awareness Act
Jun 10, 2024

Mayes, Curry bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits passes PA House
Jun 06, 2024

Steele bill that would provide needed blood pressure monitoring devices to pregnant women passes PA House
May 21, 2024

Casey to introduce bill expanding Medicaid maternity care to include doulas and midwives
May 09, 2024

Bill to expand Medicaid maternity care to cover doula services passes in Pennsylvania House
May 07, 2024

Mayes home blood-pressure monitoring bill clears Pa. House
May 06, 2024

House advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.
May 06, 2024

PBMHC Maternal Mental Health Month Brunch & Learn
May 06, 2024

Mayes bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits advances in PA House
Apr 29, 2024

Health Committee advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.
Apr 17, 2024

Mayes’ legislation to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors advances to House
Apr 17, 2024

Pennsylvania’s MOMNIBUS addresses Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality through investments
Apr 12, 2024

Black Maternal Health Week 2024 Tool Kit
Apr 11, 2024

House adopts Curry’s Black Maternal Health Week resolution
Apr 10, 2024

Pennsylvania lawmakers push to expand access to doulas to improve Black maternal health
Apr 08, 2024

PBMHC commemorates Black Maternal Health Week with resolution, events
Apr 08, 2024

Mayes highlights Shapiro’s proposals for maternal health care
Apr 04, 2024

Mayes aims to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors
Apr 04, 2024

Mayes honored with PLBC’s Crystal Bird Fauset Award
Apr 02, 2024

Mayes to distribute donations to expecting, new parents
Apr 02, 2024