"The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) applauds Congresswoman Moore for reintroducing the Mamas First Act. Our goal at NBEC is to promote birth equity, so that Black mamas, babies, and their villages can thrive. This bill would address birth equity by expanding access to doulas and midwives who promote patient-centered care and reproductive autonomy. Allowing for Medicaid reimbursement of doulas and midwives will not only improve access to care during the entirety of the perinatal period, it will also improve health outcomes for birthing people and their babies. The ongoing Black maternal health crisis requires strong legislation from our Congressional leaders, and we applaud those who introduce legislation that addresses hundreds of years of systemic racism which is the root cause of the crisis," said Dr. Joia Crear Perry, Founder & President, National Birth Equity Collaborative.