Kentucky Senate advances bill that would require Medicaid to cover some midwife services

BY: - February 16, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Medicaid would begin covering licensed certified professional midwife (LCPM) services under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate. Senate Bill 89 passed 34-3 after little discussion.  Primary sponsor Sen. Shelley Funke Frommeyer, R-Alexandria, said the legislation is a chance to “innovate” in Kentucky.  Under her bill, she said, a Medicaid-insured patient […]

‘Momnibus’ maternal health bill moves forward in Kentucky legislature 

BY: - February 8, 2024

FRANKFORT — The maternal health bill dubbed “Momnibus” passed out of the House Committee on Health Services Thursday and can move to the floor for a full vote.  Momnibus — or House Bill 10 — came out of a bipartisan summer working group of female lawmakers who looked into Kentucky’s dismal maternal mortality and how […]

‘Momnibus’ bill to help Kentucky maternal health introduced in House

BY: - January 18, 2024

FRANKFORT — The “Momnibus” legislation introduced Wednesday in the Kentucky legislature grew out of an informal working group of Republican and Democratic women lawmakers who met throughout the summer. The bipartisan, 40-page House Bill 10, introduced by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, is intended to support mothers through their pregnancy, through delivery and through the […]

U.S. remains a grim leader in preterm births. Why? And can we fix it?

BY: - March 20, 2023

Tamara Etienne’s second pregnancy was freighted with risk and worry from its earliest days — exacerbated by a first pregnancy that had ended in miscarriage. A third-grade teacher at an overcrowded Miami-Dade County public school, she spent harried days on her feet. Financial worries weighed heavy, even with health insurance and some paid time off […]


Freestanding birthing centers would be vital tools to ease Kentucky’s maternal health crisis

BY: - March 1, 2023

I’ve been a professional birth worker for more than ten years, but I was a birth worker before I even knew what that was.  Birth work came naturally to me. Years ago, a family member of mine was pregnant and didn’t have support, so I stepped into that role, and it just felt right. The […]

Postpartum mental health support bill sails out of committee 

BY: - February 21, 2023

This story discusses suicide and mental health. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. FRANKFORT — A bill aimed at providing education and resources for new Kentucky parents sailed unanimously out of a committee Tuesday morning.   Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 135 would […]

Kentucky nurse volunteered at anti-abortion pregnancy center, discovered infection control problems

BY: - February 6, 2023

At 52, Susan Rames was looking for a way to give back. She worked part time at a Kentucky hospital as a postpartum nurse and, with her three children nearly grown, she had some extra time during the week. Motivated by her Christian faith, Rames decided to volunteer at ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, a crisis […]

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers

BY: - January 9, 2023

The $1.7 trillion federal spending bill President Joe Biden signed last month ushers in expanded protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing. Proponents of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act — both included as amendments to the spending bill — say the measures clarify rights for these workers, […]

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$1.3 million in donations will bring expansion, study of substance use recovery program

BY: - January 6, 2023

FRANKFORT –Volunteers of America Mid-States on Friday announced an expansion of its substance abuse recovery program and a long term study to look at its effects and success thanks to $1.3 million in donations.  The five-year study is being called Project Strong. Through it, researchers will follow graduates of the Freedom House program for five […]