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North Carolina congresswoman pushing "Momnibus" bill package focusing on racial equity in maternal health

On Flashpoint, Congresswoman Alma Adams said her own personal experience inspired her to push "Momnibus" legislation.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fifteen years ago, U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-N.C.) welcomed a granddaughter into the world. But a time that should've been joyous was, instead, perilous.

"We almost lost her and my daughter," Adams recalled. "Doctors overlooked things and disregarded the pain."

Fast-forward to 2021. April 11 to April 17 marks the fourth annual Black Maternal Health Week.  In 2018, Adams introduced the first Black Maternal Health Week resolution with then-Senator Kamala Harris.  

According to the CDC, Black women are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. Black women's heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels, according to the Center for American Progress.

"It doesn't matter how good your insurance might be.  It doesn't matter how well-off you might be," Adams said.

On Capitol Hill, Adams is pushing "Momnibus" legislation. It's a 12-bill package that attempts to confront the social and economic determinants that influence maternal health. The bills support community-based organizations, aim to add diversity in the health care professions and address systemic racism in the health care system.

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