Reach out to your US representative on H.R. 3110—the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, TODAY! The House is scheduled for a vote this Friday, Oct. 22.This bill would extend currently required break times for nursing mothers to salaried workers–an additional 9 million workers. AWHONN supports this bill because it would alleviate a major obstacle to breastfeeding. Financial pressure often forces new mothers to return to work but doing so interferes with breastfeeding. Guaranteed break times would make it possible for more mothers to pump during the workday and therefore continue breastfeeding and working. Because breastfeeding has long-term health benefits, an increase in the breastfeeding rate would have long-term public health benefits. The PUMP Act would allow more working women who return from maternity leave and are breastfeeding a safe and comfortable place they can count on to pump. Current law requires employers to provide to nonexempt employees reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the workday. Nearly one in four women of childbearing age are currently not covered by the break time requirements. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would: Protect the 9 million employees unintentionally excluded from the break time law by extending protections to cover exempt (salaried) employees as well as other categories of employees currently exempted from protections, such as teachers. Provide employers clarity on when pumping time must be paid and when it may be unpaid. The bill would leave in place existing law protecting many salaried workers from having their pay docked and clarifies that employers must pay an hourly employee for any time spent pumping if the employee is also working. Ensure that nursing mothers have access to remedies that are available for other violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This bill has bipartisan support. Please call your US representative now: Take action! Support the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act! Your voice counts,
Dena Cochran AWHONN Illinois Legislative Coordinator
The protecting moms who served act is 1 of 12 bills introduced by the bipartisan members of the US House of Representatives black maternal health caucus each bill a dresses a different factor of the crisis a caucus has also introduced a single bill her 959 the black maternal health mommy bus that collects the 12 together into a single bill a companion bill has been introduced in the se. nate as S346. The mommy bus would contribute to ending preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal more biggity in the US and reduce disparities in maternal health outcomes Specifically the legislation would: * Make critical investments and social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes like housing transportation and nutrition * Provide funding to community based organizations that are working to improve maternal health outcomes and promote equity. * Comprehensively study the unique maternal health risks facing pregnant and postpartum veterans and support VA maternity Care coordination programs. * Grow and diversify the perinatal workforce to ensure that every mom in America receives culturally congruent maternity care and support. * Improve data collection processes and qualify measures to better understand the causes of the maternal health crisis in the United States and inform solutions to a dress it. * Support moms with maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders. * Improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated moms. * Invest in digital tools like tele health to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved areas. * Promote innovative payment models to incentivize high quality maternity care and non clinical perinatal support. * Invest in federal programs to address the unique risks for and effects of Covid-19 during and after pregnancy and to advance respectful maternity care in future public health emergencies. * Invest in community based initiatives to reduce levels of and exposure to climate change related risks for moms and babies. * Promote maternal vaccinations to protect the health and safety of moms and babies. You can help give this package of bills the momentum to get passed by contacting your representative and senators and urging them to CO sponsor this bill.
On Friday, April 16th the US house passed HR1195 the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. AWHONN supports this bill because it would establish an enforceable workplace violence prevention standard that would protect nurses and other health care professionals from the potential dangers of combative patients and visitors. AWHONN members lobbied for this bill during AWHONN on Capitol Hill this year. Their efforts resulted in 5 additional cosponsors.