This weekend, families in our community and around the country will celebrate Mother’s Day. I am grateful for the work so many do across the department to support moms and families in Dane County – your contributions, both in and out of clinical spaces, make a real difference in so many lives. And we know there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve maternal health and eliminate maternal health disparities in Wisconsin and beyond.
In addition to the brunches and flowers and other classic Mother’s Day traditions, this weekend is an excellent opportunity to familiarize ourselves with a variety of statewide and national efforts to improve maternal health:
Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act:
This federal legislation is a collection of 12 bills aimed at addressing many dimensions of maternal health care in Wisconsin. The legislation package includes the Perinatal Workforce Act, introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, contributed a statement of support for the Perinatal Workforce Act earlier this year (read more here).
Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Initiative in the Wisconsin State Budget:
This initiative proposed in the Wisconsin state budget includes expanding Medicaid eligibility for one year postpartum, and targets investments at doula training and community organizations working to reduce disparities in maternal and infant mortality.
Building Families Wisconsin:
This advocacy organization is proposing fertility-friendly legislation in Wisconsin, defining statewide industry standards for fertility care, and providing networking opportunities for patient advocates and fertility professionals in their quest to build a family.
Please consider taking some time this weekend to learn about the variety of opportunities at the state and national level to support maternal health!