The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, a former project of 2020 Mom has folded into the core work of 2020 Mom. This work includes supporting federal legislation or sponsoring new federal legislation that will improve outcomes for mothers.
This year 2020 Mom will support the following initiatives through lobbying, engaging stakeholders during key votes to contact congress and federal lobby days (April 30-May 2):
Maternal Mortality Review (Maternal Mortality Review Committees H.R. 1318 S. 1112)
These bills support states in forming Maternal Mortality Review Committees. These committees investigate and track the cause of death, including suicide and ultimately work on quality measures to promote the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period and eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes.
Paid Family Care Giving Leave (The Family Act H.R. 947/S. 337)
This legislation if passed would entitle individuals 60 paid care giving days per qualified encounter, including the birth or an adoption of a child. This benefit would also apply to those caring for a woman suffering from a maternal mental health disorder like a parent or spouse. Read more here.
Maternal Mental Health State Grants
Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act was signed into law in 2016. However funding the grants to states, the primary provision of the law will require continued advocacy.