On #BumpDay, we raise awareness and support so that every mom gets the help she needs to deliver a healthy start in life for the baby she loves, regardless of the color of her skin, where she lives or her ability to pay.

July 19, 2023

Share a bump. Spread the word. Save a life.

Healthy futures start with healthy beginnings, but not every mom gets the care she needs to deliver that healthy start to herself and the baby she loves. There are vast disparities in maternal health care based on where a mom lives, her ability to pay and the color of her skin.

That’s unacceptable, and it’s why What to Expect Project started #BumpDay. Held annually the third Wednesday in July, the goal of #BumpDay is to raise awareness about the need for equitable care for every mom, everywhere, and to urge elected representatives to take action to support safe pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Momnibus Act
Constituent request in support of the Momnibus Act – aimed at addressing the United States' high and rising maternal mortality rate by improving maternal healthcare for all moms.

Post. Share. Advocate.

1. On July 19, 2023, go to Twitter or Instagram and post a pregnancy photo — past or present, yours or someone you love — with #BumpDay. Include a reason why you’re sharing your bump. (Need some inspiration? Try this: “There are vast disparities in maternal health care based on where a mom lives, her ability to pay and the color of her skin. That’s unacceptable, and it’s why I’m participating in #BumpDay with @whattoexpectproject and @whattoexpect.”)

2. Tag three friends and ask them to share a bump.

3. Go to whattexpectproject.org to send an email to your elected officials urging them to support the MOMNIBUS Act, which aims to end preventable maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and maternal health disparities in the United States.


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25 weeks with my lil eggplant 💗 ...

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M E G A M I J L P A A L🥳

Vandaag hebben we de super grote mijlpaal van 32 weken gehaald!! Gemiddeld duurt een drielingzwangerschap tussen de 32 en 34 weken. Ik had zo gehoopt dat ik dit termijn zou halen! Maar eigenlijk durfde ik er niet teveel op te hopen. Maar nu is het dan eindelijk zo ver! Eigenlijk voelen alle dagen die we er nu nog bij krijgen als bonus tijd en dat geeft ook wel rust.

Ik ben zo dankbaar voor hoe goed het met de meisjes gaat. En ook heel dankbaar dat mijn lichaam het al zo lang en zo goed kan volhouden. Hopelijk blijft dit de komende dagen/ weken ook nog zo!🤞

Lichamelijk gaat het eigenlijk best stabiel. Ik heb wel wat pijntjes maar het wordt niet echt veel erger momenteel. En ik kan ook nog best redelijk lopen (Nog steeds elke dag een rondje door het bos met Winnie🐕). Dus daar ben ik echt heel blij om!

Ik broed nog even verder. Hopelijk op naar de 33 weken! 🐣🐣🐣

#tripletpregnancy #drielingzwangerschap #twinsandmultiples

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Happy #BumpDay Family!!
It takes a village to raise a child. But first, that village must safely deliver a healthy baby...to a healthy mom. And that, takes all of us. Which is why I am writing to you today. 
It's time for Fathers to get involved!
Our goal is to ensure that every mom, everywhere receives the care and support she needs to deliver a healthy start in life and a healthy future for herself and the baby she loves. #BumpDay 2022 will focus again on disparities in care in the U.S. and globally.
Our partner, WhatToExpect.com, will once again harness the reach and power of its community of over 20 million moms to engage and activate in this critical advocacy campaign. 
Giving birth should deliver joy – a healthy baby to a healthy mom, both with the promise of a healthy future. But around the world, more than 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth -related complications every day. In the U.S, the maternal death rate has risen relentlessly and precipitously to crisis proportions. Not only is the U.S. maternal mortality rate higher than in any developed nation in the world, but we are the only country where it is rising.
Black moms face a 3 times greater risk of dying from a pregnancy-related complication, while American Indian/Alaska Native moms face a two times greater risk, and rural moms living in maternity care deserts, a 1.5 times greater risk.
Unfortunately, risks are predicted to rise exponentially due to the recent gutting of federal protection of reproductive rights, threatening maternal health for all women, especially women of color, poor women, and women who are simply living in the wrong state at the wrong time.
It's up to us to turn this ship and redefine what equitable health care looks like. If you're pregnant and don't have a doula or midwife, GET ONE. If you haven't looked into birth centers, DO IT NOW. If you were never thought about giving birth at home, DO IT. YOU HAVE OPTIONS. EXPLORE THEM.
If you don't know where to start, go to http://whattoexpect.com/bumpday and check their resources.
Happy #BumpDay
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Bumpday 🐪

Hello my lovely literary people, as much as I am loving this sun we are getting, with all the out of control fires here in NS we def need some rain! ☔️

So this week we’re hitting 33 weeks 👶🏽 so lil mama could be here anytime she feels like it.
Off work now because of back pain so I’ve been slowly getting through my todo list but IYKYK moving around is an Olympic sport on its own at this point 😅

I’ve still been reading lots this month! I was able to finish off 10 books so not terrible & folks we have our first 5 star read and some runners up!!!

Yes I am fully supporting the hype of Fourth Wing coming in with 5 stars because yes please I love everything about it and can notttt wait for book two 🥹 & in a close second place we have “The Crowns of Nyaxia” Duology, The Serpent and the Wings of Night & The Ashes and Star-cursed King coming in with 4.5 stars each! Full reviews to come soon!!! May was a great fantasy month 🙌🏽

Currently reading TOG, Empire of Storms & Tower of Dawn in tandem, & The Crowns of Nyaxia novella, Six Scorched Roses!

What’s your current read? Any 5 stars yet this year?

#bookstagram #currentread #tbr #5starread #fourthwing #mayreads #readmore #bookgirlmagic #fantasybooks #book #read #bookstagrammer #readingaddict #booksandbumps #bumpday #33weeks #bookaddict #booksbooksbooks #readmorebooks #booknerd #readersgonnaread

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#BumpDay - my last bump picture before our sweet boy was here. My birth experience was a bit traumatic - 60 hour induction, 3 hours of pushing, and a c-section after all of that (with numerous scares for baby and I throughout).

Despite the scares of my birth story, I still received phenomenal maternal care throughout my pregnancy and birthing process. My son and I both made it through safely. You know what should not hinder the ability to receive equal quality maternal care - the color of your skin, where you live, and your ability to pay.

#whattoexpectwhenyoureexpecting #whattoexpect #equalmaternalhealth #maternalhealth heidimurkoff whattoexpect

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Every mom, everywhere deserves a safe pregnancy. ⁠Unfortunately, that’s not the reality.
• 1 in 4 pregnant women have felt ignored or dismissed by maternity care providers.
• Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women are 3X more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.
• 4 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable
I acknowledge that my privilege as a white woman allowed me to receive proper maternal health care. But a mother’s race, location and economic status shouldn’t determine whether she has a safe pregnancy. That’s why I’m participating in #BumpDay: To raise awareness about the need for equitable care for every mom, and advocate for solutions that will ensure more moms have healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries and bright futures.
Here’s how you can participate:
• If you’ve been impacted by the maternal health crisis (and feel comfortable), share your story with the hashtag #BumpDay
• Share a bump photo — yours, or someone you love — and simply state that every mom, everywhere deserves a safe pregnancy. ⁠
• Contact your congressional representatives and urge them to pass the Momnibus Act, which includes measures to provide care and support to all moms.
• Visit whattoexpect to hear others' stories, access resources and learn more.

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A special thanks to our partners

What to Expect, the world’s best-known and most-loved pregnancy and parenting brand, and What To Expect Project are bringing together a coalition of organizations equally devoted to supporting and empowering moms and dads everywhere before, during, and after pregnancy.


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