Congresswoman Gwen Moore Introduces Legislation to Expand Education Training for Doulas and Midwifery

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Washington, June 20, 2019 | comments

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Introduces Legislation to Expand Education Training for Doulas and Midwifery

Washington, D.C - Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) introduced the Opportunities to Support Mothers and Deliver Children (OSMDC) Act, which would create a new demonstration project within the Health Professions Opportunity Grant Program (HPOG) to provide low-income people with education and training in doula and midwifery professions. HPOG provides education and job training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are in high demand for Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) recipients.

“Before I was elected to Congress, I was a working-class mother who struggled to make ends meet. I know firsthand how TANF stifles economic and educational growth for low-income women, so I came to Congress to fight for them by reforming TANF, which creates a permanent underclass by denying impoverished women the training and education needed to advance into family-supporting careers. This bill aims to solve that by connecting low-income women in family-sustaining careers in the health sector that are critical to supporting women through their pregnancies and assisting in the safe delivery of healthy babies and reducing the alarmingly high infant and maternal mortality rates that plague our communities.”

 

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