The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is moving forward in its process to implement additional services for pregnant Texans.  House Bill 1575, which passed in the legislature in 2023, directed HHSC to create a set of screening questions for non-medical drivers of health, and to add community health workers (CHWs) and doulas as … Read more

A new Washington State Department of Health (DOH) report found that behavioral health conditions, including suicides and overdoses, are the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths in the state.     The DOH released its 2023 Maternal Mortality Review Report on Tuesday. The report is based on reviews conducted by the DOH’s Maternity Mortality Review Panel … Read more

Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officially began covering doulas through Medicaid. State Senator Erika Geiss (D – Taylor) and Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director at Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, shared their insights about Michigan’s newly enacted policy.     State of Reform: What inspired you to compose your … Read more

The California Department of Social Services has awarded $5 million to the Abundant Birth Project (ABJ), a San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) program that provides monthly income stipends to pregnant Black people to reduce racial health disparities. The funds will expand the program and provide support to additional families throughout the state, and … Read more