The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act

Stillbirth prevention advocates stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) on National Stillbirth Prevention Day on Sept. 19, 2023.

The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act is a critical piece of legislation that would add stillbirth and stillbirth prevention to Title V of the Social Security Act — something that has been lacking since the introduction of Title V funding back in 1935. Our organization helped initiate the legislation after discovering the omission of stillbirth from the most important piece of maternal health legislation in our country.

The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act passed in the United States Senate by unanimous consent on Sept. 30, 2023. On May 15, 2024 the House companion legislation (H.R. 4581) passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote of 408-3. The House version of the bill will now go back to the Senate for a final approval before heading to the President’s desk for signature.

The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill. The co-leads in Congress are Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-North Carolina), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana). Healthy Birth Day, Inc., the nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks stillbirth prevention campaign, is proud to be the primary stakeholder of this important stillbirth prevention legislation.


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Learn more about the Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act and join us in supporting this important stillbirth prevention legislation.


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The following organizations have endorsed the bill:

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Healthy Birth Day, Inc. is a proud endorser of the SHINE for Autumn Act, which was introduced in both houses of Congress on July 27, 2023.

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Healthy Birth Day, Inc. is a proud endorser of the SHINE for Autumn Act, which was introduced in both houses of Congress on July 27, 2023.

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National Stillbirth Prevention Day

National Stillbirth Prevention Day was first recognized by Congress on Sept. 19, 2022. This day of awareness honors the tens of thousands of American families who lose a baby to stillbirth every year. The resolution asks Congress to resolve to do all it can to prevent the tragedy of stillbirth from happening to more families. In 2023, bipartisan resolutions designating Sept. 19 as National Stillbirth Prevention Day were introduced in the 118th Congress.

National Stillbirth Prevention Day is an opportunity to increase public awareness about the more than 21,000 babies who are stillborn in the U.S. every year, to promote stillbirth research and prevention, and to provide community to the many Americans who have experienced stillbirth.

National Stillbirth Prevention Day is Sept. 19.
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Buildings will be illuminated on Sept. 19 in honor of National Stillbirth Prevention Day
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We want to thank Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-North Carolina), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) for leading this Resolution.

Thank you to all of the organizations, advocates and elected officials who helped make this day a reality!

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Be a Voice for the 21,000

It is unacceptable that 21,000+ U.S. families will lose their baby to stillbirth this year. No pregnancy is immune. Stillbirths occur to women of all races, ethnicities, income levels, and ages. There are longstanding and persistent racial and ethnic disparities, with Black families experiencing stillbirths at two times the rate of their White counterparts.

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Without your help this silent crisis is only going to get worse. We have solutions to save babies NOW. Reach out to Congress today and urge them to support stillbirth prevention legislation.

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