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Yesterday leading national experts joined Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) at our Spring Policy Forum: What’s Next? Surveying the federal policy landscape for women, children and families. Despite the unprecedented degree of uncertainty, our panelists were able to provide valuable insight into how the federal landscape is shaping up for women, children and families.
It is an ugly, hard situation I don’t wish on anyone. It is a very bitter sip to swallow, like a nightmare, every day hoping to wake up...It wasn’t the home that my husband and I made with our children; it wasn’t complete. With his empty chair at the table, we couldn’t eat dinner in the dining room.
For the past 6 years, Kellie Phelan has worked with hundreds of children whose parents either are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. Before becoming the Program Coordinator for Hour Children’s "Hour Friend In Deed" Mentoring Program, Kellie herself was incarcerated, pregnant, and in treatment for opioid dependency.
Earlier this month, Maternity Care Coalition became a pioneer in parental leave policies. JoAnne Fischer, Executive Director of MCC, announced that the organization will begin aligning their Human Resource policies with their mission, offering 6 weeks of paid family leave—which extends to new parents, whether biological, adoptive or foster parents, and same sex domestic partners.
Members of Congress collectively receive more than 200 million emails and letters every year. However constituents often forget that policy changes develop on an individual level. Pennsylvania State Representatives and Senators are our voices in Washington. Enduring advocacy may pay off for you, your family and your community.
Every four years we get wrapped up in the madness that is the presidential election. It starts with the murmurings of who will run and once candidates have entered the race and chosen their platforms we are bombarded with nonstop coverage until after Election Day.
At Maternity Care Coalition, we are working to make breastfeeding accessible and safe for mothers and their children. To accomplish this, we are encouraging policy makers to support HB-11oo, the Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act, which would promote workplace fairness by ensuring that nursing moms have a private, sanitary place to express breast milk and reasonable break time to do so across the state of Pennsylvania.