The Black Maternal Health Momnibus, reintroduced in the 117th Congress in February 2021, is an ambitious and critical package of legislation that aims to address the maternal health crisis facing the United States. Nationwide, Black women are three times more likely than their white counterparts to die from pregnancy-related causes, and this statistic does not capture the many women and birthing people experiencing pregnancy complications and near misses. Stemming from historical and ongoing racism and inequality, racial disparities in maternal health must be tackled with a comprehensive set of solutions. The Momnibus does just that, with its suite of twelve bills addressing issues ranging from the social determinants of health, maternal mental health, perinatal workforce development, and the effects of climate change, to the unique circumstances facing incarcerated individuals and veterans.
Crucially, key progress has been made to advance this legislation. The Build Back Better Act, the flagship social infrastructure package spearheaded by President Joe Biden, includes historic investments in a number of provisions from the Momnibus.
This tracker, which will be updated regularly, describes the objective and status of each of the twelve bills of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus. Bills with investments included in the Build Back Better Act are denoted with a blue checkmark.