Legislation Overview


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.

In 2018, 2020 Mom will support the following initiatives through lobbying, engaging the MMH network in federal advocacy and hosting federal lobby days in May.

Reauthorize Title V Block Grant Home Visiting (MIECVH) Funding

Reauthorize MIECVH funding to maintain and expand maternal mental health disorder detection and/or treatment in home visiting programs for pregnant and postpartum women.  For more information about the Title V Block Grant click here.  For more information about home visiting, click here.

Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R.1318), and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017 (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. Learn more here.

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. 

Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book

MomsRising has shared their new Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book addressing the issue of maternal death (death associated with pregnancy) and maternal mortality (physical or mental illness or disability related to pregnancy and childbirth), including racial disparities among African American women.  The book provides data and stories by state and serves as a tool to champion policy change and solutions.