May 6-8, 2018
Advocacy Days, Washington D.C.

  Federal Advocacy Days May 2017  – Survivor • Advocate • Change Maker

Federal Advocacy Days May 2017 – Survivor • Advocate • Change Maker




Why do we go?

Participating in the March for Moms/2020 Mom Advocacy Days event ensures that the voice of the maternal health community is heard and that your elected officials understand the needs of young families and those trying to build a family.

We attend the March for Moms & 2020 Mom Advocacy Days because…

  NCMMH Hill Day 2016  – Survivor • Advocate • Change Maker

NCMMH Hill Day 2016 – Survivor • Advocate • Change Maker

  • We have healed from maternal mental health disorders or birth trauma. 
  • We are  survivors or maternity health care professionals or advocates who want to educate our elected officials about maternal health issues like maternal mental health disorders, birth trauma and near-death experiences.
  • We have lost loved ones to a maternity related condition

We especially want you to attend and want you to have your story heard.  Please e-mail us your story at

We accomplish…

  • We get to fight for ourselves (and others) and it feels GOOD!
  • We get to stand up to maternal health issues and near-death experiences!
  • We create relationships with new friends, health care providers who understand, and with key lawmakers and their staff that will impact future discussions regarding infertility and healthcare.  
  • We feel empowered that we are making a difference for ourselves, our family, and those diagnosed in years to come.  
  • The people we meet with understand that #MomsMatter.

Our Issues

We are lobbying for paid family leave, maternal mortality review committees (to determine state suicide rates among other things) and for funding for Bringing Postpartum Depression out of the Shadows Act.

To learn about these bills/issues click here:

March for Moms and signature partner 2020 Mom came together in Washington, DC to rally for maternal health, learn together, network and lobby for change.

Event Schedule

 Sunday, May 6, 2018

1:00pm-4:00pm March for Moms Rally
National Mall

 4:00pm - Hotel Check-In starts
Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-1616

Monday, May 7, 2018

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast On Your Own

8:00am-8:30am Registration
20 F Street NW Conference Center

8:30am-Noon Storytelling Workshop
(Storytelling workshop is designed for those who have experienced a maternity related condition, such as preeclampsia or postpartum depression for example, and is particularly critical for first time survivor advocacy days attendees)

Noon-1:30pm Lunch On Your Own
(We suggest walking to the Union Station area)

1:30pm-3:00pm Delegation Training Session
Guest speakers on the bills we are advocating for
Leg Visit Role Play
Go over next day’s schedule, flow of meetings

3:00pm-4:00pm Bringing Advocacy Home Workshop

4:15pm-5:30pm Documentary Screening for Congressional Staffers and Attendees
“Dark Side of the Full Moon” about Maternal Mental Health
Cocktail Attire

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2075

5:45pm-7:00pm Awards and Networking Reception
Honoring Katherine Clark and/or Maternity Care Caucus
Location: same location as documentary screening

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 

8:30am-9:30pm Breakfast Meeting
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043

9:45am  Walk together to Capitol

10:00am Group Photo on the Capitol Lawn
Eastside near Visitor Center, facing the Supreme Court

10:30am-3:30pm Legislative Visits
(Appointments/Team assignments)

Lunch On Your Own
Congressional Cafeteria locations listed below:

House side
Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria
Cannon Building Carry Out
Rayburn House Cafeteria

Senate side
Dirksen Cafeteria
Cups - Russell Senate Building
Hart Senate Chef
Dirksen/Hart Building

Capitol Visitor Center
Two cafeterias on lower level

Thursday May 10, 2018

Lobby Day Debrief Teleconference

(Call-in information will be provided to registrants in the lobby day registration packet)


Storytelling Mamas: Moving Maternal Health Mountains!

Sister survivors for this highly engaging and participatory workshop focused on excavating our deeply personal perinatal experiences, honing them, and transforming them into POWERFUL and POTENT testimonies for advocacy visits the next day.  

We went deep together in this hands-on exploration of our own lived experiences, and advocacy priorities and the intersection of the two.

We discussed, wrote, read, improved and role-played. Each participant choose her level of participation in any given activity honoring her own comfort-level.

There is nothing more powerful than a true and personal story to change the heart and mind of a legislator and, ultimately, the laws of this land impacting moms and their families in the perinatal period.

Congress didn't know what hit them!!!


Melissa Bangs

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Writer and performer of the nonfiction autobiographical storytelling performance Playing Monopoly with God and Other True Stories. Learn more

LaShonta Edwards 


Founder and Executive Director of A Mothers' Sanctuary in Houston, TX.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Storytelling Workshop or Reception

Presenting Sponsor........$20,000 (exclusive in brand category)

Presenting Sponsor 

  • Name or logo as Presenting Sponsor on website, name badges and signage at training and reception events and in 1-2 enews letters advertising the event.   
  • Informational materials or swag provided to registrants at registration or reception.  
  • Speaking opportunity the morning of training and/or at the reception (3-10 minutes).
  • Three mentions of Sponsorship on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


  • Name or logo as Gold sponsor on website, and signage at training and reception events and in one enews letter advertising the event.   
  • Informational materials or swag provided to registrants at registration or reception.  
  • A mention of sponsorship on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  


  • Name or logo as Bronze sponsor on website and signage at training and in one enews letters advertising the event.
  • Informational materials or swag provided to registrants at registration.  
  • A mention of sponsorship on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

For more information about sponsorship please e-mail

Materials and highlights from previous Advocacy Days are available below.

May 2017