Tell Congress - Support the MOMMA Act
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation. Every year, 700 women die; 60 percent of these deaths preventable. While maternal mortality can be found in all communities, mothers of color are disproportionately affected. Black women die at a rate three to four times higher than white women, and black infants are twice as likely to die during their first year as white babies.
The maternal death rate is higher today than it was 25 years ago in the U.S., and many different factors have led to this increase, which is why the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act’s holistic approach is to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, especially for families of color. Some of the reforms in the act include standardizing data collection and reporting, expanding Medicaid so it covers a new mother for an entire year after giving birth, and improving implicit bias and cultural competency trainings for people in the medical field.
The death of mothers and infants causes grief and suffering in families and communities. While God is present in those moments, God desires so much more for us. Throughout his ministry, Jesus emphasized the importance of the health and lives of women through his healing of the woman who had an issue of blood and the woman who was bent over. As Christians, we have an obligation to make women’s health and lives an important issue and ensure that women receive necessary care – which is why the MOMMA Act is so important.