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.
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Support the MOMMA Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
Jesus emphasized the importance of the health of women throughout his ministry, which is why, as a person of faith, I find it disgraceful that the United States has allowed so many families to suffer due to maternal mortality. As a country, we should be doing all that we can to support women and children before, during, and after childbirth, so it can be a joyous and exciting time for families. This is why I'm asking you to support the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act, H.R. 1897 and S. 916.The MOMMA Act aims to reduce increasing maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States, especially focusing on women and infants of color. Every year, 700 mothers die, with mothers of color being 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 of life as white babies. By expanding Medicaid coverage for women and improving racial bias and cultural competency trainings for medical professionals, the MOMMA Act takes the first steps to address the rising maternal death rate in the U.S., which is why, as your constituent, I urge you to support H.R. 1897 and S. 916.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]