Op-Ed: Public policy must change to protect maternal lives

Since 1980, Maternity Care Coalition has helped more than 145,000 families in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We focus on neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality, health disparities, and changing immigration patterns. We work to ensure parents impacted by racial and social inequities in Southeastern Pennsylvania can birth with dignity, parent with autonomy and raise babies who are healthy, growing, and thriving. And we can’t do it alone.

Press Release: Statement on Maternal Health Care Coverage and Mortality in Pennsylvania

“The Department of Human Services and Governor Wolf must provide for 12 months of coverage in Medicaid for mothers after the birth of a baby to improve health outcomes and address racial disparities. Maternal depression, a possible pulmonary embolism or complications from a heart condition don’t just disappear 60 days after giving birth.