#BumpDay is a day to 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. But it’s also a day to celebrate all beautiful bumps and healthy pregnancies, past and present.

July 21, 2021

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

#BumpDay is a social media advocacy campaign from Heidi Murkoff, What To Expect, the What To Expect Project and the International Medical Corps that celebrates beautiful bumps and healthy pregnancies while raising urgently needed awareness about the need for better, more accessible maternal healthcare. Our goal: to ensure that every mom 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 2021 will focus again on disparities in care in the U.S. and globally. There are vast disparities in care based on where a mom lives, her ability to pay and the color of her skin. That’s unacceptable, and it’s why we’re asking you to join us for #BumpDay on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021.

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Helping MOMS Act
Constituent request in support of the Helping MOMS Act – to increase access to lifesaving saving postpartum care.
Dear (Representative X),%0D %0D As a constituent and someone who cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of pregnant and new moms and the babies they love, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 3345, the Helping MOMS Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Robin Kelly and Jamie Herrera Beutler. This legislation builds on the foundation of the American Rescue Plan by providing states with the option to permanently extend Medicaid coverage through the entire postpartum period of one year, a proven strategy for reducing preventable maternal deaths and long-term complications. %0D %0D Currently, most states only provide Medicaid coverage for 60 days immediately following childbirth. However, many new moms experience one or more health complication within a year of giving birth. Notably, nearly one-third of complications that lead to maternal death occur after 6 weeks – which is when many moms receive the last doctor’s appointment they will have until they become pregnant again. More moms need to be covered, and all moms need to stay covered – for at least one year postpartum. With more than half of new moms covered by Medicaid, the Helping MOMS Act could significantly improve these health outcomes. It will also lower healthcare costs by reducing long-term, sometimes life-long care for serious complications of pregnancy and childbirth that go undiagnosed and untreated. Plus, I’m sure you agree: Healthy moms and babies…priceless. %0D %0D It is for these reasons that I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 3345. To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Anita Burgos in Representative Robin Kelly’s office at anita.burgos@mail.house.gov and Adriianna Lagorio in Representative Herrera Beutler’s office at adriianna.lagorio@mail.house.gov.%0D %0D Thank you for your consideration of my request, on behalf of moms everywhere.%0D Sincerely,%0D %0D (Your first and last name)
Reach Every Mother and Child Act
Constituent request in support of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act – to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally.
Dear (Senator X),%0D %0D As a constituent and someone who cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of moms around the world and the babies they love, as I know you do, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor S.1451, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Susan Collins and Chris Coons to strengthen the United States’ efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children in the developing world by 2030.%0D %0D As you may know, nearly 300,000 women die annually from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, a significant proportion of deaths for children under age five occur in the first 28 days of birth, with newborns accounting for nearly 50 percent of all under-five deaths. Every one of those babies lost could be our own, every one of their moms could be our sister, our daughter, our friend, our partner. %0D %0D The Reach Every Mother and Child Act would implement evidence-based interventions to help moms have healthier pregnancies, safer births, and healthier babies with healthier futures. This legislation would establish a vital collaborative effort between the U.S. and community members overseas to implement life-saving strategies. %0D %0D Specifically, the proposal aims to help reach more at-risk mothers and children by: a) implementing a strategy focused on bringing to scale the highest impact, evidence-based interventions, with a focus on country and community ownership; b) establishing a Maternal and Child Survival Coordinator at USAID who would focus on implementing the strategy and verifying that the most effective interventions are scaled up in target countries; c) improving government efficiency across several agencies that would collaborate with the Coordinator to identify and promote the most effective interventions to end preventable maternal and child deaths globally; d) promoting transparency and greater accountability; and e) requiring detailed public reporting on progress toward implementing the strategy. %0D %0D These are just some of the reasons why I urge you to co-sponsor S.1451. To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Mike Wakefield in Senator Collins’ office at mike_wakefield@collins.senate.gov and Carter Thompson in Senator Coons’ office at carter_thompson@coons.senate.gov. %0D %0D Thank you for your consideration of my request, made on behalf of all moms around the world.%0D %0D Sincerely,%0D %0D (Your first and last name)

Post. Share. Advocate.

On July 21, 2021, join us for #BumpDay to raise awareness about the need for equitable care for every mom, everywhere by posting photos of a past or present baby bump (yours or someone you love) with the hashtag #BumpDay. Be sure to tag What To Expect Project and What To Expect. Include a reason why you’re sharing your bump.⁠

You can also advocate by using our contact representative feature to easily contact your elected officials and urge them to take policy action that supports safe pregnancies and healthy babies.

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“A healthy child needs a healthy Mom”.

This “Bump-Day” we want to raise awareness of the importance of Maternal health !

Prenatal and postpartum maternal health is critical to a mother’s physical and mental well-being and contributes to her ability to render loving, proper care to her newborn child at birth and years thereafter. When you take care of a mother’s maternal health, you are essentially taking care of nations ❤️🙌🏽.

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Pregnancy in Pandemic!
Pregnancy is such a beautiful journey witj so many ups and downs that you want a constant support through out your journey.
Being pregnant in this pandemic has been little different thank my last one.

When I disclosed the news to few people.. the comment I got was so weird to hear “Oh you are having a pandemic baby”, “oh congratulations! You utilized this pandemic “ among others.. This baby is not a pandemic baby, this is our baby who we planned and lets not name babies born in 2020 and 2021 pandemic baby.

I am not allowed to have my partner along with me to hospital for checkups, ultrasound! He missed seeing the first heartbeat, the first look of our baby. Father’s have equal right to see and listen to heartbeat of there child but things are different now.

Having no family around, and with travel ban for flights from India, the support system I want post delivery can’t be there, our families cant see their grandchild. That’s so tough for them. Having family around is the best thing but things are so different nowdays. Its all replaced with zoom.

Your child cannot come and visit you in hospital, they have to stay home. That first hospital meet is so special. But instead the baby girl has to stay away from mommy and daddy for 2-3 days.

Things are so different now, its not easy being pregnant in pandemic. Lets be more considerate towards mommies who are having babies during this time.
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