Jul 20

Three New Co-Sponsors and Supreme Court Ruling for Reform: MAMA is Celebrating!

Three New Co-Sponsors for H.R. 1054!
Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC),  Anna Eshoo (D-CA-14th), and  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-20th have become the latest members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 1054, the Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2011. The Campaign is deeply grateful to these Representatives for their support for increasing women’s access to midwives and quality maternity care and for their leadership in supporting H.R. 1054.  Thank you to Congresswomen Holmes Norton, Eshoo, and Wasserman-Schultz!

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA-14th)

Anna Eshoo (D-CA-14th)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-20th

Affordable Care Act Upheld by Supreme Court!
The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign is thrilled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was confirmed as the law of the land on June 28 by the U.S. Supreme Court – along with its many provisions important to women, including Medicaid coverage for birth centers, and that giving birth, having a cesarean section, or being the victim of domestic abuse cannot be considered pre-existing conditions and used to deny insurance coverage.  For a primer on ACA visit here.  To read this landmark Supreme Court opinion, visit here

Featured MAMA Campaign Supporters
A big thank you from the MAMA Campaign to all the constituents who visited and wrote letters to help secure these new co-sponsors for H.R. 1054!  

Photo of Dr. Jay Jackman and Yenaya Jackman, CPM, MPH
Rep. Eshoo’s constituent, Tenaya Jackman, CPM, MPH, and her father, Dr. Jay Jackman, long-time friend and supporter of the Congresswoman, are eager for the health improvements that will happen for women with expanded access to midwifery care. 

Photo of Karen Ehrlich, CPM

Karen Ehrlich, CPM, says:  “My smart and principled Congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, has always stood up for women and families.  It seemed obvious to me that her strong advocacy would extend to increasing access to CPMs and the midwifery model of care.”   

Thank you to these constituents of Anna Eshoo! 

Easy Ways You Can Help
We know that the pace in Congress is maddeningly slow!  We know that economic times are hard for everyone!  AND we can never give up on the work to improve the care of women and babies – perseverance pays off!  Please stick with us – YOU are the MAMA Campaign!

  • Become a recurring donor – an easy way to make a big difference!  
    • Just $10 a month = a yearly contribution of $120.
    • $15 a month = a yearly contribution of $180. 
    • $25 a month = $300 a year to support advocacy for women and babies.  

Go today to www.mamacampaign.org and sign up to be a recurring donor!  Encourage your friends, colleagues, clients and family to do the same.  Together we can make the difference!

  • Bring your Congress member on board as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1054 – we can make it easy for you!  Just let us know that you would like to help and we will be in touch right away to partner with you and guide you through the process.  

Thank you so much!  We look forward to hearing from you soon!  Together we can make a difference.

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