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Delivering Essentials to Mothers Amid Natural Disasters (DEMAND) Act HR 6555

Includes comprehensive lactation support and breastfeeding equipment to be provided during disaster relief efforts and covered for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s individual assistance program. Introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and by House Representatives Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) and John Katko (R-NY-24).

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“Protect Sick Babies” INITIATIVE   HB2017 and SB1202

Medically fragile babies in PA need your help! Sign this online petition to support the legislation. 

Take part in the advocay in Harrisburt on September 19th. Contact the Milk Bank for information 412-281-4400 ext. 101 (office) 

Mid-Atlantic Mothers Milk Bank Executive- Director Denise O'Connor: "This new bipartisan legislative proposal sponsored by Representatives Wendi Thomas and Austin Davis will provide insurance coverage for medically prescribed pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) given to medically at-risk infants who do not have access to their own parent’s milk. The bill will enable vulnerable inpatient and outpatient infants to have access to PDHM, a basic, evidence based, and cost-efficient resource that can optimize health outcomes. 

While PDHM is the accepted standard of care across the country, it isn’t always made available to every infant that can benefit. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy paper recommending PDHM for necessary supplementation for at-risk babies and the benefits and safety of PDHM have been espoused by the FDA, CDC, WHO/UNICEF, and the American Dietetic Association, among others. These recommendations reflect an abundance of medical evidence showing PDHM use yields: 

  • Lower infant mortality rates 

  • Fewer serious complications in the NICU 

  • Shorter hospital stays 

  • Higher rates of exclusive maternal breastfeeding at discharge from the NICU; and

  • Lower short-term and long-term health care costs.

To help get this life-saving legislation across the finish line, we are again seeking your help. The Protect Sick Babies campaign is hoping to reestablish our coalition and add other organizations that would also be interested in being a part of this important effort."

Pregnant Lactating and Parenting Pupils Protection HB1807

Memorandum, "Currently, beyond the everyday stressors our students experience, lactating students also face difficulties in attending class regularly due to having to express breast milk. Additionally, pregnant, lactating or parenting students will often face penalties for having “unexcused” absences that are, in reality, related to pregnancy, lactation, marriage and parenting. In Pennsylvania, we do not have any law that provides these students with protections that allow them to finish their studies, which will enable them to earn a diploma and attain family-sustaining employment.
 
This legislation is to provide pregnant and lactating students with reasonable accommodations to express breast milk or breastfeed their children without a penalty for missing class. Additionally, this legislation will include a list of protections for married, pregnant, lactating and parenting students in order to encourage them to continue their studies. The Philadelphia School District already has such a policy in place, as they recognize that young parents who leave school early face greater hardship and poverty than young people who complete their education."

Cannabis Regulatory Control Act (Adult Use-Cannabis) HB2050

Bill Text page 357 lines 10- 18  "To develop and implement a Statewide public health campaign focused on the health effects of cannabis and legal use, including an ongoing education and prevention campaign that educates the general public, including parents, consumers and retailers, on the legal use of cannabis, the importance of preventing youth access, the importance of safe storage, preventing secondhand cannabis smoke exposure, information for pregnant or breastfeeding women and the overconsumption of edible cannabis products."

Bipartisan Approach to Adult Use Marijuana Legalization in PA SB473

Bill text page 190  Lines 12-19 "(4) A warning stating: "This product is for medicinal use only. Women should not consume during pregnancy or while breastfeeding except on the advice of the practitioner who issued the certification and, in the case of breastfeeding, the infant's pediatrician. This product might impair the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Keep out of reach of children."

Bill text page 124 Lines 4-9 "(g) Product warning.--All cannabis, cannabis-infused products and cannabis concentrates must contain a warning on its label stating: "Cannabis consumption may impair the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery, is for adult use only and should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Keep out of reach of children."

Senate Resolution Dedicating May 6th as Fourth Trimester Awareness Day SR74

Memorandum "The United States has one of the worst records for maternal health in the industrialized world. Both societal norms and our medical system concentrate almost solely on the health, safety, and care of the fetus and infant, while the care for the mother during the postnatal period has little to no support.

During pregnancy, a mother may have a dozen or more OB-GYN visits right up until days to giving birth.  Once a baby is born, their first pediatric visit usually occurs within a few days.  For the mother however, there is generally only one visit four to six weeks after delivery.  In many cases, insurance does not cover more than this one visit. 

The first three months of the postnatal period can be a time of particular vulnerability for new mothers with risks for both physical and mental health issues.  This period should be recognized as the Fourth Trimester during which the care afforded the mother should be on par with the care she receives prior to childbirth.  

The purpose of this resolution is to bring attention to the need for Fourth Trimester care and raise awareness of the attendant benefits for both mothers and infants by designating May 26th as the Fourth Trimester Care Day. As legislators we need to commit ourselves to supporting families at all stages by elevating and addressing the health and wellness of new mothers."

Ensuring Fully Staffed Polling Places HB1916

Page 2 lines 22-23 "(4) A qualified registered elector may not be excluded from service as a clerk of election except the following:"

Page 3 line "10) A woman who is breastfeeding and requests to be excused."

Sales Tax Elimination of Insured and Medicaid Assistance Breast Pumps and Supplies HB725

Bill text page 1 lines 17-22 "Section 204. Exclusions from Tax. --The tax imposed by section 202 shall not be imposed upon any of the following: 

(74) The sale at retail or use of tangible personal property manufactured for the purpose of initiating, supporting or sustaining breastfeeding."

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